Writing out of order – How I won Camp Nanowrimo

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I did the thing and it feels awesome!

I just won my first camp Nanowrimo and now the first 25k words of my book have been written. I’m filled with a sense of accomplishment and joy : D
It’s been a really nice experience. I’ve won nanowrimo in the past, but being able to set my own word goal was very freeing.

I want to talk a bit about my approach for this April’s camp. Talk about what enabled me to push on and reach my goal.
Maybe it could help others? I sure hope so.

My approach for Camp Nanowrimo this April

I started the month by writing chronologically as I’ve always done.
But it was soon evident that this was a struggle and the word flow was like squishing the last bit of tooth paste out  of the already completely flat tooth paste container – a real struggle.
This way it was going to be a loooong month, a really long one. In reality I might have ended up dropping it all on the floor.

But that was when Marco, my boyfriend, suggested that I stopped writing chronologically and instead should try to focus on what scenes were the most important ones, all the plot points and twists.
I created a list of scenes and picked the ones I felt for writing the most. This was mostly based on how well the scene would allow me to explore both characters and the plot itself.
And then I started writing!

Oh how the words flowed~
Now I don’t want this to make it seem as if it’s been easy, because it hasn’t. In truth writing is probably never easy. But now the words and the action came to me. I knew what was suppose to happen and that helped marvellously as I had spent the first some odd thousand words beating around the bush.

100% on campSo satisfying, dead centre!
I really enjoyed following the arrow throughout the month.

Of course with this method you don’t end up with pearls all neatly lined on a piece of string. No, you get no string and all the pearls are dumped onto the table and can run and roll off any second, away from the others.
In a way what I ended up creating this camp was puzzle pieces. By looking at them I know I don’t have enough, far from it, but now I can begin finding out which ones fit together and how the spaces between them look.
I need to fill in the blanks, I need to find myself a piece of string, I need to know how to get from A to B.

But that’s the beauty of it, from the way I see it.
I can compare A and B and learn what’s missing. Had I only got A I wouldn’t know my way to B, because I wouldn’t know what B was. The going might have been rougher, I might have gotten sidetracked. But at least with this method I have a beacon of sorts.
I can figure out what needs to happen to the characters between the two scenes for the development to be realistic and natural. I can figure out what tiny clues or subplots needs to be glanced at, for the things to align when we reach B.

I’m not saying this is a good method. In truth I still don’t know if it’ll work out, I’ve only just finished making SOME of my puzzle pieces after all C;
..But what I know it that it helped me to write and to keep writing throughout camp nanowrimo and maybe, just maybe, it can help you too!

This month's statsA bit of a rocky start and you can pinpoint that around day 22 I hit a stand still.
That’s was when Scrivener ate 700 or my words, bad Scrivener!

Now with April almost over it’s time for me to go over my puzzle pieces and see if anything fits and what’s missing.
I’m excited and I’m scared.
I’ve never written anything this big before, but the thought of continuing working on this book makes me giddy.
I think that means that it’s going well and I’m on the right track  …

Onwards … to what’s between A and B!

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3 thoughts on “Writing out of order – How I won Camp Nanowrimo

  1. This inspires me to write more! Everyone who is an aspiring author should try to do this ^^

    It’s interesting, when I wrote my novel, Beyond the Veil, I followed the exact same formula – I couldn’t write in order, so I ended up starting with what eventually became chapters 16 and 25, then built the story around those scenes. This method can really help people who are “stuck” on chapter 1 and feel as if they can’t move past that. So kudos to you and all that you do!

    1. I’m so glad you could use this post and enjoyed it! : D
      How cool that you’ve also used the method. I’m glad it worked for you.
      I’ve always had trouble with being stuck at chapter 1, so I think this method will really open up for a lot of potential writing in the future for me.
      Thank you!

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