Because I’m insane, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo‘s July session.
This is insanity because during the month of July I’m :
- Leaving my stable publishing job
- Taking a road trip from NYC to Arkansas with my dog
- Attempting to not have panic attacks every day
In addition to those three things, I’ll be writing at least 1,000 words per day on a new project that I’m pretty much pantsing—it’s an idea I’ve been playing with and I have about seven different directions I could see the story going and I don’t know which one is best. I have a pretty good handle on my main lady character, but not the main man character. I expect this drafting process to be rough.
But I’m kind of excited about that?
Taking Flight was rough to write for emotional reasons and because I allowed myself to take a couple years to write the dang thing. My second book was plotted and written during last November’s NaNoWriMo, and, strangely, that was one of those first drafts that was in shockingly good shape when I began the revision process. (Hopefully I’ll have an exciting announcement about that one soon!) But this one is a story that I really only have a seed of so far and I’m excited to see what happens when I let myself write messy.
It might be a disaster.
I might cry a lot.
My Twitter feed might become unbearably CAPS LOCKED. (As if it isn’t already.)
But, hopefully at the end of the month I’ll have a finished first draft of a very messy WIP (work in progress)! There will be word vomit on the page that I can start massaging and shaping into a story that I’ll hopefully be able to share with all of you amazing readers in the future!
Viva word vomit! Viva drafting! Viva Camp NaNoWriMo!
Viva hoping this doesn’t throw me into a nervous breakdown.