CAMP NANOWRIMO, 2021: Recaps & Revisions

good morning, cyberspace!

And just like that–it’s August. Somehow I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that we’re 8 months into 2021, but I don’t think Time really cares about that. This summer has been quite possibly the strangest I’ve had in a great long while, but you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve had highs. I’ve had lows. I’ve made new friends and I’ve experienced new adventures. I’ve suffered injuries–both physical and emotional. I’ve watched fireworks. I wore a dress and wielded a sword and stood on the lawn of a castle. I’ve eaten ice cream for breakfast. I’ve risen to new levels and dropped off the face of the earth. And all the while, God has been working inside of me, showing me that He’s not even close to being finished with whatever this season of life is.

And I’m strangely okay with that.

This year more than ever I’ve begun to notice the subtle shifts in His plan for me. I’ve seen steps taken in the dark become more clear. I’ve watched His hand pulling strings to take me where I’m meant to go. And it’s beautiful. And it’s scary. And it’s exciting.

And I’m sitting here at the end of summer just basking in the fact that this crazy life I’ve been given really is something magical. I’m lucky, guys. I’m very, very lucky.

And also I failed NaNoWriMo miserably. So let’s talk about that, shall we? XD

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camp nanowrimo, 2021: recaps and revisions

The results are in, my dearest peasants. You might want to shield your eyes, though. The shame is exponential.

INITIAL WORD GOAL – 50,000
SECONDARY WORD GOAL – 33,000
FINAL WORD GOAL – 22,000
WORDS WRITTEN – 15,561
CHAPTERS COMPLETED – 8

Not gonna lie, when you stack the numbers up together, I feel pretty stinkin’ proud about my progress this month. Project Goblin has been a story YEARS in the making. I started it back in 2018, shelved it, and honestly wasn’t sure I’d ever get to a point where it could be written the way it deserved. It’s such a big, whimsical undertaking, and even now I’m not sure I’m writing it correctly. But I’m trying. And sometimes that’s all we can ask for.

The words I wrote this month aren’t anywhere close to perfect. But they’re mine, and they’re leading me one step closer to the story I see in my dreams. It feels monstrous at the moment–the editing process has already begun to stress me out–but it’s a journey that I’m willing and determined to take. I believe in this book. I believe in these characters. And I believe that this story is one that deserves to be written and read and loved. And for right now, that is more than enough to keep me moving forward.

I’ve also been continuously surprised by the turns this book has taken–both plot-wise and structurally. This story has taught me that it’s okay to let your process shift, that nothing is set in stone once written, and–most importantly in my humble opinion–that talking mimes most definitely wear socks. Never before have I had so much freedom with switching up major plot points midway through telling a story. Normally something as catastrophic as plopping entirely new cast members into the book halfway through would be cause for concern. Now, however, I’ve learned to just kinda shrug it off, test them out for a few scenes, and then scrap them later on if I change my mind.

…have I mentioned the fact that this first draft is a complete and utter mess? *sweats nervously*

Another interesting tidbit about this novel: the deadline (hard deadline, by the way. my soft deadline whipped by without a second thought.) for this book just so happened to be a couple days ago. I saw the notification pop up on my phone calendar, and I just kinda…swept it away. XD Because there wasn’t a way in this universe that I was going to meet it. BUT. I was much closer to hitting that goal than I’ve ever been to hitting ANY of my initial novel goals, and I feel pretty darn good about that, peasants. I may not have finished the book in July, but I’m getting closer to figuring out how to make reasonable deadlines for myself, and that is something I’m going to celebrate. (I’ve also taken this opportunity to make NEW deadlines, and EEP, that’s pretty exciting!)

Once the first draft of this book is officially done, however, I’m debating whether or not I should post some snippets. I know a lot of you expressed interest in meeting my talking mime named Martin, and honestly? I really really want you guys to meet him. Like immediately. XD But alas, we shall have to wait and see!

Overall, this month was a process of learning, conquering my writerly fears, living life to the fullest (both in and outside of the page), and taking the time needed to reprioritize my crazy, chaotic writerly existence. So while I may not have won Camp NaNoWriMo, I did win in SO many other aspects of my life, and for today, that’s enough.

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…and in OTHER news…

And in other, non-Camp related news, I have some very big things coming up within the next couple months!!!! And while I can’t tell you what they are exactly quite yet, I AM going to vaguely elude to them! Because I’m a monster. It’s fine.

THING NUMBER ONE – August 3rd!

This one is very exciting, because it’s not just a happy thing for ME, but it’s also a happy thing for YOU, and I’m so so so excited to reveal it to you all!! More information is coming in JUST TWO DAYS!!! So definitely swing back here on Tuesday to get all the juicy details on this most exhilarating surprise! (and if you think you know what this one is about, hit me up in the comments. I’m very eager to see if someone actually knows. XD)

THING NUMBER TWO – September

While I can’t give any specific dates for this one quite yet, I can tell you that I’m extremely excited to be a part of something very big, very exciting, and very very terrifying at the same time! I’ll be able to give more info soon, but for right now, all I can tell you is that this Thing is coming in September. *zips lips* THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY, PEASANTS. (don’t bribe me with cookies, I can’t stand that kind of pressure…)

THING NUMBER THREE — Unknown

This last thing happened literally just this last week, and I’m STILL reeling from the news of it. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to tell you all about it (hopefully I’ll be able to tell you all about it?), but rest assured that as soon as I get the okay, YOU’RE GONNA KNOW ABOUT IT. XD (also, to cut into the suspense, I did NOT get a book deal, literary agent, or am otherwise anywhere near publishing a novel at this point in time. but this is still a really huge step for me in a direction I’ve been wanting to go for–oh, I don’t know….MY WHOLE ENTIRE LIFE–so I’m just. You know. Chilling. Completely chill-like. it’s fine.)

Did I mention that this month has been CRAZY? Because y’all. This month has been C R A Z Y. I can’t even begin to describe how blessed I feel to have this pocketful of secrets to share with you all soon. It honestly feels like all the loose strings in my life which I’ve been flapping around aimlessly for the past few months are finally–FINALLY–coming together. I truly hope that I’m able to do justice to the opportunities I’ve been blessed with, because if my intuition is telling me anything, it’s that this is going to be a year I’ll never forget.

talk to me, peasants!

And that’s everything for today, my friends! I’m honestly so excited for August. I’ve got so much that I want to do and write and live, and I have a peculiar feeling that this month is going to be magical. And obviously this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that this also happens to be my birth month. Nope. Not even a little bit. XD

But that’s quite enough about me! Let’s talk about you! For those of you who participated in NaNo: how did July go? were you able to meet all of your writing goals? what was your favorite writing memory from Camp NaNo?

And for my peeps who didn’t do Camp NaNo this time around: what kinds of adventures have you been undertaking this past month? do you have any end-of-summer book recs for Yours Truly? (I ended up reading quite a lot last month, and I’d really like to keep that momentum into August!) and–most importantly of all–do you have any guesses for my Super Secret Announcements coming soon???

Let’s talk about all of the things down in the comments below, and until next time….

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *

10 thoughts on “CAMP NANOWRIMO, 2021: Recaps & Revisions

  1. You know, as someone with ADHD who has a hard time even finishing short stories sometimes, your attitude of ‘didn’t make the goal but who cares’ is actually really inspiring. I’ve been trying to remind myself this year that I write because it’s fun, not because I have to. Like no one is depending on me to finish these stories! I just really enjoy working on them and that’s what’s important!

    As far as book recs go, have you read Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson? It’s pretty lighthearted and funny, and it also has some pretty original takes on the fey while still letting them feel like actual fey.

    I can’t wait to see what you have planned! I won’t guess because that might ruin the surprise :-)

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    • Okay but ‘didn’t make the goal but who cares’ is literally my LIFE, and I am so unbelievably happy that it inspires you!!! And YES!!! Writing is absolutely supposed to be fun, and I think we put a lot of undue pressure on ourselves to write “perfect stories” or “perfect words”, and it’s just ridiculous, because we’re CREATIVES. There truly is no perfect way to write a book, and there’s definitely no such thing as a perfect story! (which is freeing as much as it is terrifying, I think XD)

      Oh my goodness!!! I actually haven’t read that one yet!!! 10/10 am adding it to my TBR!!! Thank you so much, this one sounds FANTASTIC!

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  2. Okay but HOW is it August already because just ???? I’M SO CONFUSED.

    But EEP. GIRL. I am seriously so thrilled God has been working so many amazing, beautiful things through you and guiding you through this strange season. We have such a good Father! And I LOVE your attitude in all the things. I’ve never seen anyone so excited about “failing” Camp NaNo. XD But 15k words written is ANYTHING but failure in any form or fashion–especially during a busy season of life! That’s a huge chunk of words right there, and I am so utterly proud of you!!!

    It also makes me ecstatic to see your love for this book. There is nothing like finding that particular story that clings to us and won’t let go. It is 100% worth pushing through and creating them into what we hope them to be, no matter the hardships along the way. And just !!! THIS STORY. I certainly believe in it! The whimsy and eeriness and TALKING MIME and e v e r y t h i n g. It sounds like THE most delicious thing in the history of fiction and I am cheering you on 120000% as you get this epic thing written.

    ALSO.

    SNIPPETS??? WE WANTS THEM, PRECIOUS. WE NEEDS THEMMMM.

    I’m just so proud of you, girl, and LOVE how you’re embracing the mess and trying different things with this draft. That’s something I struggle with myself. But that’s what first drafts are FOR–discovering and making a mess and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I definitely needed that reminder that nothing is set in stone once it’s written! I struggle with that a LOT, so thank you for sharing your own experience and reminding us of this!

    “So while I may not have won Camp NaNoWriMo, I did win in SO many other aspects of my life, and for today, that’s enough.” <– THIS SENTENCE. YES YES YES. That is beautiful and wonderful and just AWK. You go, girl! I'm so glad it's been such an epic season of growth! Congrats on ALL your wins!!! <3

    But also GAH. Why must you torture us with these teases of epic things coming??? (Well, I know what the September one is. *grins* BUT STILL.) I cannot wait to learn moooore!

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    • DUDE SOMEHOW IT IS AUGUST 20th NOW. LIKE WHAT. WHERE IS THE TIME GOING. XD

      We honestly do have such a good Father!!! I’ve been truly blessed the past month, and I’m so so excited to see where else He leads me in the future! MEEP!! Thank you so much, Christine!!! I’m honestly so excited about my 15,000 words!! (and LOL! If I can’t be excited about failing, then what CAN I be excited about?? XD)

      OH MY GOODNESS. I am just SO excited for you to be able to read this book someday! It’s honestly such a romp, and while I know it’s going to need a LOT of editing, I am so excited for that process to take effect! AND SNIPPETS. I will 1,000% be sharing snippets (hopefully) soon! I have a plan for when I want to post some, and if my calculations are correct… it will happen eventually. XD (hopefully sooner than later!!)

      Oh goodness, I absolutely struggle with feeling like everything written is set in stone, but I’m slowly trying to retrain that part of my brain! I love taking the time to be messy and creative with first drafts, and even though it may call for heavier editing in the future, I know that each plot bunny and rabbit trail I venture down could never have been explored had I not taken the time to be free with the draft!

      MEEP! Honestly, with the growth has come a lot of stress, too, but I think that’s all just part of the process, you know? XD AND EEP! I AM SO EXCITED FOR SEPTEMBER!!! It’s going to be a BLAST!

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  3. I too am confused at how in the world it’s already August. Where the heck is this year going??? Might need to demand a refund. >_>

    I’m glad that even though Camp NaNo maybe didn’t go the way you thought it would, it still ended up being a great experience! I think that’s the most important thing when it comes to any NaNo month. Your enjoyment of it in some way is key. I know I’ve stopped doing NaNo in November because it just hasn’t been a good experience for me. Camp NaNo, though, is something I can get behind! And it’s so important that, like you said, you can feel free to shift your goal if need be.

    ANYWAY. Story snippets are always a must! I love sharing ’em, and I love reading ’em too! It’s always so fun to see where other writers are at, and see just how creative and cool their own tales are. So yes, debate it no longer and share some with us! . . . Please? XD

    Looking forward to your announcements! I may know one of them, but I have no clue about the other two. So you’ve certainly piqued my curiosity! :D

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    • A refund is 100% necessary. I have no clue where this year is going. XD

      Honestly, I’m not sure I’m going to be participating in November simply because of this reason! I have so much going on in my life currently, and the mere thought of trying to write 50k within a single month is terrifying. XD Buuuuut, I do love Camp! Summer tends to be a little bit easier than winter, so it’s a little more fun and a lot less stressful. …kinda. XD

      EEP! I will definitely be sharing snippets in the hopefully near future, then! It’s a little frightening for me to share my own, but I DO love reading other writers’ snippets, so like…I just need to get over that fear. XD

      LOL! You definitely know one of them!!! The other two are a little more mysterious, however! (well…now the third one is. the first one has already been revealed, so. XD)

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  4. Your July sounds like it was AMAZING, and I can’t WAIT to hear your secrets!!! (Seriously. Am SO excited. Inordinately so, in fact. XD)

    15k is a RESPECTIBLE amount, not shameful! You did so good!!! First drafts are HARD, especially while pantsing (which I assume you were doing?) and I am impressed. :)

    Talking. Mimes. HALP, I want it!!

    My first drafts are ALSO complete and utter messes always, so you are not alone.

    Wait, August is your birth month? ME TOO!! My eighteenth birth month this year, in fact. (Help, how am I an adult this month. That’s not okay in the least.)

    I did do Camp NaNo in July, and I actually succeeded at both my goals, which was…if not surprising (I am a person who Finishes Goals, no matter what, which is…detrimental at times. XD) at least impressive and exciting! I finished the first draft of my first real heart-book, and I’m looking forward (with trepidation) to starting to edit it a couple of months from now…

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    • Meep!!!! I’m so excited for you to hear them, as well!!! It’s going to be so much fun!!!! (especially the one coming in September!)

      Meep! Thank you so much, Samantha!!! I was definitely doing a little bit of Pantsing! Mostly it’s Plantsing, because I do have a wee bit of an outline, but it’s not super rigid, and I DEFINITELY went off script at times. XD But I mean?? That’s the best way to do things, amiright? XD

      Oh my goodnesss!!! Dude!!! Wouldn’t it be crazy if our birthdays were on the exact same day?? (also also!!! 18 was such a good year for me!! I bet you’re going to have an INCREDIBLE new year! I just turned 22, and eep. It’s already been a process. XD)

      Oh my goodness!! Dude, I am SO proud of you!!! That is so incredible that you completed all of your goals last month!!! Putting some distance between yourself and the first draft is absolutely necessary before editing, but–not gonna lie–I totally jumped the gun with my first book because I was far too excited. XD But dude, I’m so excited for you to start the editing process! It’s going to be so much fun!!!

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  5. Yay! I’m so happy for you!

    I didn’t make my goal either, but I’m happy with my 11,603 words. It’s a mess, but camp was sooo worth doing!

    And surprises, precious? YES. Please. Also snippets.

    May your August be magical!

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    • Meep! *high-fives* I mean, we tried, right? That’s basically all that matters, you know? XD And yess! Camp is DEFINITELY worth it!!!

      Eep! I cannot wait to share the surprises!! AND THE SNIPPETS!!! It’s going to be such a fun time!!

      Aww, thank you so much!!! I hope your August has been magical, as well!!! <333

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