I almost never manage to complete NaNo in the fall. I start well, invariably get the outline of the novel done no problem, but the fall just isn’t my cuppa for writing, apparently. Half the time it’s because of the holidays and the other half something massive happens in my life to derail things. The irony is that I write novels – and scripts – throughout the rest of the year without much trouble. It’s just November.
Or so I hope.
I’ve signed up to participate in Camp NaNo which takes place in April, instead of November. I’m hoping that having the sunlight last longer into the night will assist in keeping my butt in the writing chair, instead of the recliner.
It’s not just hope that’s going to churn out a novel, though. I am taking the (somewhat) drastic measure of no social media at home or on weekends to keep my focus on my writing. No facebook. No twitter. No instagram. In a related media fast, there will also be no tv watching. None. Bupkis. And all cold turkey. Oh, but I’ll be keeping track of things and posting to the Camp NaNo website, however that works. Already have a cabin, even. I will, however, allow myself to still go to the movies on the weekend, and not just because Avengers is coming out. All work and no play, and all that jazz.
I’ve picked a… not a sequel exactly, since it’s the first book in the series, but it’s a world with which I’m extremely well versed in. I’ve written several shorts in the world revolving around my Arbiter characters as well as a novel. It just turns out that the first novel I wrote for the series is actually about book #3 or #4, not #1. Who knew? The good news is that I have the outline done already, so the prep is done.
Here’s the thing, though. I’m not just writing a novel this April. I’m also writing a spec script for the show: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. This will be used to apply to the various television fellowships. First, of course, I need to write it. But then it needs to get passed the critique of my writers group and they are eagle-eyed, constructive criticizers the lot of them. And I mean that in the best way possible.
So yeah. April is going to be in-sane. Massively insane.
Wish me luck!