Writing Update: “Goodbye, Camp” Edition

I’m done with Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve never been successful with NaNoWriMo either (my first was ’09 and I tried again in ’10). I can do it for the first few days, but then everything goes horribly wrong. :3

It wasn’t a complete waste of time though. I now understand that Third Section can’t go the direction I tried to take it. While everything is still canon, it is too much of a deviation from the main story. I may find a way to sneak some of that material in there, but it definitely won’t be as in-depth as it would have been. So now I’m thinking of new ways to handle Third Section.

Abandoned is also nearly complete now. I’ll go through it at least once more to clean everything up, and I’ll probably rewrite the very end (so that it is presented better) but other than that it has all the relevant information. In addition to some extra things that I slipped in there. Though now that I think about it there are two small story elements I might want to expand upon a little bit more.

I’m very happy with the way the story has formed, and I hope it isn’t too much of a twist. As I mentioned previously the atmosphere in Monument differs greatly from the atmosphere in Abandoned. I’ve spent a lot of time with the material so it makes sense to me, but I’ll try to look at it from a viewpoint of a person who has just finished reading Monument.

 

Camp NaNoWriMo 2011 July Session: Day 3

Currently I’m a few words behind today’s goal of 4800 words. Third Section is starting to give me some trouble. In a way, I’m not really writing Library Third Section. This is more like a giant pool of information from which I’ll construct Third Section’s plot. Even with editing, the way I’m writing right now is not how I’ll present it.

There are still a lot of benefits to this project though. I’m getting a chance to write for characters and places that have yet to appear. So when I go to organize the plot, I’ll know them a lot better. I can already tell the way this information is presented will greatly change. That is what is at the forefront of my mind right now. “What is the best way to show this to the reader?”

The presentation in Monument is mysterious, but that’s okay because you don’t quite understand the series yet. The presentation in Abandoned is closer to reality than Monument and gives you a new way to think about the first section. So what type of presentation and perspective is necessary in Third Section? That is what I must decide. Right now I’m thinking I might hold off on some information and include that in Fourth Section. I’ll continue to think on this as the project goes on (just as I always have).

I’ve always found the idea of thinking about thinking (metacognition) extremely fascinating. There are some traces of that characteristic of mine in Abandoned, but I tried to keep that to a minimum.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2011 July Session: Day 1

Day 1: Success. I exceeded my word goal of about 1600 words and reached 1888. For my Camp project I am writing the rough draft of Library Third Section. I would say more, but I haven’t released Abandoned yet! All I can say is that I am extremely happy with the story direction for both Library 2 and Library 3 (I love Library 1 as well).

There’s also the benefit to writing the rough draft of Library 3 while I’m working on editing 2. Information begins to trickle down. It’s easier to place hints or add in missing dialogue when you know you will be focusing on certain things. No “new” information is being included in Library 2, but I’ve changed the presentation a bit. For the better. 😀

Because I’m supposed to write 50,000 words for Camp that means that Library Third Section will be significantly longer than the first two. It will probably be the largest in the series as I anticipate Library 4 will be the last part and will be a good size, but less than 50,000 words. But it is important to remember that nothing is set in stone. The original idea for Library 3 is vastly different than what I am writing now. The elements from the original version are still a part of the mythology, but the narrative itself is different.

All the story elements are coming together and once again, I couldn’t be happier with the direction the story is taking.

Writing Update: Pre-Camp NaNoWriMo Edition

Yes, I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo during July. Even so, as I’ve said many many times, this will not impact the release of Library Second Section. The first editing pass has already been completed and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be completed in time for release this August. Specific details are coming very soon including:

*Title

*Availability

*Description of Content

*Cover Art

I have also decided to close my BookRix account. While I believe BookRix is a unique platform, I don’t believe that it is appropriate for my works. Currently the only way to access “Library First Section: Monument” will be via PDF download.