Letting a Story Simmer (Camp NaNoWriMo)

One of the things I am trying with this Camp is the idea that I need to know what I am going to write before I write it when it comes to longer works.

I started out with the WiP short story Inheritance by sitting down and writing… but then I got sick and I spent a few days just sitting around thinking about the story. Not writing, not even taking notes, just thinking.

Well, this post is going to track the word sprints and polishing times and see if that paying off did anything useful. I’ll be doing a ‘non-planned’ sprint as well, to try and get a baseline.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Panama?

Dream a little dream with me…

April Camp NaNoWriMo starts in a week!

While the urge to write a NaNo novel (or in my case novella) in palindrome is absurdly tempting… that is not the plan. The plan (thanks to the dozens of helpful suggestions in this thread over in the forums) is much more complex!

You’ll remember that I mentioned in an earlier post that my true goal for the April camp is to learn how to consistently write 1,667 words a day. And not just any words, no, no, I want actual words-that-belong-in-a-draft words.

So how do I learn a) how to write every day and b) write good words?

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