WSSIHtR and Camp NaNoWriMo!

It’s practically June! You know what that means….summer at its peak, an emphasis on camping, swimming in community pools or–if you’re in the right places in the country–lakes or oceans–, getting that sexy tan and enjoying late night bonfires.

……and writing 50,000 words in a month, no holds barred, kill that inner editor good-n-dead.

Wait!–50,000 words? That sounds like we’re talking NaNoWriMo. But doesn’t that happen in November?

Why yes, it does. But it also happens in the summer as part of Camp NaNoWrimo (June and August) because one month alone….it’s just not enough.

When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution will be hosting nanowrimo-themed events and write-ins throughout the month. Everyone’s encouraged to participate and if you’re interested and live in Salt Lake, please join the WSSIHtR facebook group for updates as they happen. Also every Thursday night in June we’ll meet up at Coffee Break (430 E 400 S) which is just off the trax line so it’s pretty easy to access. Just look for the crazy writer types stuck at their laptops and taking breaks only for the caffeinated beverage next to them. We’ll be meeting from 7-11 and writers are encouraged to come and go as they need, but I do ask–that on the off chance that no one shows up and you’re planning on showing up at 9:30/10:oo…..let me know. Email me at rebelgrrrl.theblog at gmail.com if you are seeing that as a concern and need my info.

These write-ins will be totally informal. Bring your laptops or notebooks. Expect to do nothing but write. With the occasional conversation. And the occasional dare or even word sprint. (I’ve never really done one but people seem to like them?)

Keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available and for those participating in the June Camp NaNoWriMo–GOOD LUCK!! NaNoWriMo is always a challenge, and sometimes your dedication results in that 50k victory and sometimes life drags you down and breaks your arm in order to keep you from writing. But fear not. The most important thing about NaNoWriMo is having FUN, so flex your wrists, dust off those cobwebs taking up residence in your imagination, and get ready to run the 50k word marathon to the finish.

Happy writing!

 

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Another NaNoWriMo Loss.

I hate writing these posts. Writing these posts means that I am giving up the fight for NaNoWriMo, and it seems too often that this ends up being the case. Honestly, I am not sure why I expected to finish this year. My life has been so off balance that scheduling in the writing time has  been more trouble than expected. November came too quickly. I wasn’t prepared. My writing practice has taken what seems to be an overly long vacation. And now November’s ending already.  There are so many things that I see on my agenda for the new year. One is finding a sense of balance. The past few months have been something of a living, breathing hell for me just due to the lack of balance brought on by a variety of reasons. And honestly, this month if I had actually focused on Nanowrimo, I think it would have ended up becoming an escape mechanism from the craziness that is my life. Good? In theory. Problem is, part of what I need to find balance is to face the issues that I’m facing head on.

And I’m a little afraid of what that means. I don’t typically get too personal in this blog, because that’s not the point of this little corner of the interwebs. This page is supposed to be dedicated to cool stuff. Like Music! and Feminism! RiOtS! Revolution! Art! Kickass women! Etc! and as of late it hasn’t quite been living up to that (with the exception of a few articles). I’m also not going to start getting personal now.

But suffice it to say that the end of this year is bringing with it change. And I aim to make it through these changes.

To all of those who finished nanowrimo this year, I salute you! I hope to follow you next year! I plan on bringing myself up to a daily writing habit and getting past my biggest block which is the simple act of starting. I’m making good ground with an almost daily journal writing habit (weekends sometimes get left out) and I’d like to bring it past the journaling and into writing about other stuff, which should hopefully end up on here.

Wish me luck. And hopefully, we’ll see each other soon.

NaNoWriMo 2010

Way back in the day, in 2007, I wrote an entry called “The Creative Explosion Begins” which was a note about National Novel Writing Month and an interview with JD Glass.

Well. National Novel Writing Month is on its way. Again. And this year, I’m going for the gold. For those of you who aren’t familiar with nanowrimo (which is starting to be something of a shock as nanowrimo gets bigger and bigger every year), let me catch you up. Nanowrimo is for those writers who like to think of themselves as good writers, but when they do write, they worry about the quality of the work. They’re convinced that they can write the next great american novel, but whenever they look at their work they get upset because, well, it’s just not living up to what they want it to be. It’s just not good enough. So nanowrimo takes the whole “my writing isn’t good enough” and turns it on its head. Ego and the Internal Editor are told to take a month off. (or in some circles, are told off in an entirely different way).

November becomes a challenge not to write the next great american novel, but to write A novel. A 50,000 word novel, to be precise.

I’ve tried nanowrimo a few times and haven’t won quite yet. This year I plan on winning. 50,000? I’m going to do it. It’ll be a challenge, considering my life doesn’t have much in the way of solid footing at the moment, but I have a computer, I have my characters, and I have 30 days ahead of me to make this happen.

The synopsis for this year’s story:

Is one gig enough to change someone’s life?

When Emily Moore catches an acoustic show by a local singer/songwriter, Lynn Casey, she’s hooked. Not just on the music. Emily decides to see whether her skills in the field of dating and romancing cute girls will transcend to catch Lynn Casey’s attention.
When the two do end up together, decisions are made, maps are checked and soon they’re on the road for a summer on-the-road adventure. Lynn’s determined to get her name known and Emily-well, she’s just out for the adventure.
In a trip fraught with bad motels, bar gigs, and late night gay bar parties, the biggest question is: will the two endure the road together?

Should be a fun story. And if it sounds like a story you’d be interested in reading, don’t be afraid to email me (rebelgrrrl.theblog@gmail.com) and ask me how I’m doing. If you’re interested in being a nanowrimo writing buddy and exchanging stories, I’d be awesome with that too!

Sometimes I wish I was an outline writer. I think writing a novel for nanowrimo would be much easier if I had an “Okay, at this point event A happens. At that point, event B happens. And oh, right there, character a meets her arch nemesis” and so on. But that’s not how I write.

My process thus far includes characters and a vague idea of potential situations that they can get into. Which, as vague as it is, is really kind of exciting. I can basically take my characters anywhere at this point, and see where the story goes from there.

Plus, in an effort to make sure that I’ll have something, I’ve made potential writing prompts for my story. For example, I have cards that include situations such as: emotional breakdowns, overnight camping, venue managers that are complete assholes, bad gigs, and broken down vehicles. I’m looking forward to using these situations…they’re just not ordered. And where Lynn and Emily will come out in the end…who knows? It’s so up to them at this point.

Some other things I’m going to do to ensure that I make 50k this year:

1)WRITE. Sounds like a little, but I’m so good at procrastinating and so good at putting things off! The daily goal for finishing nanowrimo is 1667, and I plan on attempting to keep up with that.

2)Go to write-in’s. For those who don’t know, nanowrimo is more than you and your computer and the nanowrimo website. For any given city, you’re going to have a lot of people participating in nanowrimo, which inherently gives way to the nanowrimo communities nationwide. Yesterday I went to the SLC nanowrimo kick-off party and had an amazing time and met some pretty rad people. The slc wrimos are a pretty interesting crew. Back in 2007 I was part of nanowrimo:elsewhere crew who met down in the comic bookstore, Dragon’s Keep, in Provo. It was amazing. We had some awesome local authors (brandon sanderson graced our presence!) who visited us and talked about their process.

3)lots of coffee. And possibly lots of chocolate as rewards.

So that’s a little bit of MY process. What about yours? What do you do to keep yourself writing? and for those of you who have participated, what has kept you going?

For those of us participating in nanowrimo madness: Happy noveling! Good luck on your fictional adventures! 🙂

NaNoWriMo Break

Well, I’ve officially made it past last year’s wordcount. I’m now at 11,000+ words. Before anyone gets too excited (11,000 words! 20+pages! WHOA! Who writes that much?!?), remember that I’m way behind. Which is why this blog entry shouldn’t even be happening. But I felt it had to be written. Especially since I’ve decided I’ve found the perfect song for National Novel Writing Month. The song? “Edit” by Regina Spektor.

It’s absolutely brilliant, especially since NaNoWriMo is all about the writing, no editing involved.

Happy Writing.