After Camp Nanowrimo
In June I’ve worked on continuing my novel from when I wrote the first 25.000 words back in April for Camp Nanowrimo.
As some of you might recall, my approach for camp was to first write the scenes I found to be the most important ones for furthering the plot. Before I had always written chronologically.
You can read more about how I wrote ‘out of order’ in the blog post here.
Doing so worked really well for me! But it was also something I had never tried before and now I had a new challenge ahead of me: What now?
I had pieces and fragments of a pulsating story, but they didn’t connect, not yet. Before me was a puzzle of my own creation and I knew I was yet to have all the pieces.
How I plot
At the end of May I sat down to find out what scenes I had already written and what was missing between these in order to be become the coherent story I wanted to tell. In other words, I had a plot session : D
I doubt there’s anything revolutionising about how I plot, but it does involve a big surface and a lot of differently coloured pieces of paper.
Sorry about the blur, it is my plot and it is a secret after all : P
Above is just some of the layout I created.
There’s a reason for the colours, much like there’s a reason for most things in life. The light green ones are what I wrote in April, whereas the light blue ones are new scenes, the dark blue are new scenes but in a different point of view than my main character. The tiny pink is time related stuff and the tiny red signifies if a special character is present.
What can I say, I’m a visual person, who likes colours : D
In the end I carefully took every single piece of paper and glued it onto a piece of A3 paper in the right order (of course) and voilà I had what I needed to write!
Then I put it next to my desk so it was easily accessible, actually at a glance.
I decided to try and write ALL the new scenes during June …
And a month later I’m very happy to say that I almost succeeded : D
I managed to write all the scenes except the very last one, and out of my estimated goal of 25.000, I reached 19.094 words.
I’m a bit of a perfectionist and would have loved nothing less than to do EVERYTHING I set out to do, but life happens.
I’m still very, very happy and proud of myself for having accomplished as much as I have.
So now the first act (or so) of my book is complete!! : D
*confetti all around*
…you might ask.
If you follow me on twitter you might have seen that I’ll be doing Camp Nanowrimo AGAIN in July! Because why stop writing? C:
In reality I’m mostly continuing because I’ll start studying again in September, giving me way less time to do whatever I want.
Also in July I’ll be in New York, which is unusual as I live in Denmark and have never been outside of Europe. So how about that ~
What are your (writing) plans for the summer and how do you plot?