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My Camp NaNoWriMo Starting Point/Plan

If you’ve missed my previous blog posts on Camp NaNo I’ll use this time to catch you up. For Camp Nano this year I’ll be attempting the full NaNoWriMo experience. Well, almost. I’ll explain that in a minute.

With Healer’s Oath recently published it’s time for me to get to work on Book 5 of the Hemlock Wolf Pack Saga. I’ve been itching to write this novel since Blake walked onto the page. Okay, before he walked onto the page. When he walked into my mind before the book was ever written.

Blake isn’t the normal style of omega wolf shifter I would write about. I won’t go into too many details about Blake yet because of book 4 spoilers. What sort of writer would I be if I spoiled my own book? But for those of you who have read Healer’s Oath you know Blake is a little out of the ordinary for me. No two of my omega main characters are the same, but Blake’s situation is unique from the others in a huge way! I’m really excited to see how that plays out in the plot I’ve very loosely put together. I always tweak my plots as I go which I’ll explain more a little later in the blog.

I say I’m going full NaNoWriMo, because I have every intention of doing my utmost to finish book 5 (yet to be titled!) during Camp Nano. But – I’ve already started working on my novel. I’m about 2,300 words into the book. I’m not worried about that, though. Traditionally the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write 50k words. Yep. You read that right. Fifty-thousand words. My books vary in length, but it’s likely I’ll write that much anyway if I meet my goal and win Camp NaNoWriMo.

As of right now I plan to post daily writing recaps here the following day. If blogging and writing become too much I’ll likely slack on the blogging. So, in this case no news is likely good news!

My plans for the first few days are as follows:

April 1st: Go through the words I’ve already written and flesh them out. I tend to write the first chapter very quickly and just vomit words all over the page. Then I go back through and flesh out the details before continuing on to Chapter 2.

April 2nd: Finish writing chapter 2 and try to squeeze in some of three and maybe 4. I plan to come in strong and get as much written as I can during the first part of the month. That way if I get tired or slow down later in the month I can still meet my word count goal.

April 5th: By April 5th I hope to make the first tweaks to my plot. Yes, this might cost me a writing day, but will save me so much time later in the month. By the 5th I hope I’m far enough into the story to see if anything major needs switched around. This is the method I use for all of my novels. Healer’s Oath was my most tweaked novel ever. Though, it was also my longest.

April 6th: I’ll be taking the day off to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I’ll post updates on Facebook and here on the blog.


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