I love NaNo and Camp NaNo. I get excited each time it rolls around, tomorrow is no exception. The clock starts at midnight!
Thankfully, I’ve been able to finish every time… this will be my… fifth? Very cool. Hopefully I can keep the trend up with my next project.
Here’s a sneak peak and a draft cover I made:
There’s a diner at the intersection of two remote highways that also correspond to the crossroads of the afterlife. After having a cup of coffee, maybe flirting with Carla, Ghosts can pick a direction and start walking down the lonely roads. No one knows if one road leads to a pleasant place, or the fiery one, or something in between, or whether direction even matters because no ghost has ever come back.
Until one does.
Also deserving an honorable mention here is the cover I made for a friend who I cajoled into participating. It’s the least I could do, right? Turned out pretty sweet if you ask me.
Some stories are easier to write than others, the most difficult I’ve found so far is humor. I love a funny story but I’m also picky, probably like most readers. Humor is such a subjective thing.
The last few stories I’ve written for NaNo were light-hearted. I chose those stories very specifically because they wouldn’t be too heavy, they’d be fast and fairly easy to keep up the word count.
Geeks, Greens, and Guns was more situational humor, crazy stuff happening to fairly normal people. It’s humorous without really being funny, if that makes any sense. There wasn’t pressure to make jokes or have good one-liners, it was more about coming up with weird situations to stick the characters into.
The Apocalypse Gazette was almost the opposite, less crazy situational stuff and more funny stuff. That wasn’t intentional, per se, it was just how the story turned out. The main character goes through this boredom inspired insanity that leads to him writing the gazette. In essence, he’s finding ways to amuse himself and humor played a large role. Not a lot actually happens in the story, the humor has to carry a lot of the burden, which had me nervous at times. If the reader doesn’t get the jokes they’re going to put down the story pretty fast.
Well, I can’t speak for other readers, but as I was perusing some of the chapters of The Apocalypse Gazette this evening I found myself chuckling over jokes that I’d forgotten. I’m taking that as a positive sign. Whether or not anybody else is amused, well, at least I’ve amused myself. Life imitating art.
Woohoo! It took a big push the last week but I managed to make the 50K count for the month. Whew. Awesome. Now I just need to finish the draft, probably still need at least 5-10k more words. Then it’s editing and rewriting. A writer’s work is never done.
But at least I survived the month and got most of the way through The Apocalypse Gazette. It took some interesting turns, led me on a merry chase, but in the end I got a hold of it and didn’t let go.
And once I wrap up the last few chapters I need to start throwing around ideas for November.
Whew, wow. Yeah. This month has been crazy. I signed up for my third NaNo at the beginning of the July (full Nano last November, then April and July for camp), and this was the first time so far that I actually thought I wouldn’t finish on time.
This month has been busy all around, work, personal, and everything in between. I was struggling to even make progress on The Apocalypse Gazette, which is why I haven’t taken the time to post here much. Work work work.
At the beginning of this week I was barely at 35k with only five days to go. Not insurmountable but way farther back than I wanted to be at that point. But over the last three days I managed to pull together another 10k. Which means I have to only get down another 5k by midnight Friday.
That I can do. I might even finish a day early at this rate.
While I think I can make the goal for the month the story itself is far from done. I’ve already come up with some major changes I need to make and 50k will get me close to done but I’ll probably need another 5-10 thousand words to wrap up the first draft. It’s looking good though, I’m enjoying the story. It’s a lot bigger and crazier and wilder than I thought it would be. It’s been fun.
Like I did for the last Camp project, I put up sections of The Apocalypse Gazette on Wattpad as I was writing it. If you’re interested you can pop over and see how it’s going.
And good luck to all of us participating this month! Home stretch!
Woohoo, Camp NaNo started! I’m on track with my word count so far, not that that’s saying much. Just like last time I’ve decided to post the story to Wattpad as I’m writing it so interested readers and writers can follow along. As an experiment it hasn’t yielded much in the way of results but it amuses me.
I put up the first couple chapters yesterday.
(Yes, I messed with the cover. Again.)
The Apocalypse Gazette
How does the world end? Plague, calamity, aliens, solar flares? Maybe a combination of all the above? One morning Wally Mason woke up to find he was the last surviving person in his small town, maybe the last man on Earth. There’s plenty of food and water, he doesn’t lack for anything except entertainment. No social media, no TV, no internet, no Twitter. After a few months with only the company of his cat Spalding, Wally might just be going crazy. But just because he can’t blog or tweet anymore doesn’t mean he can’t write. In fact, why not document his apocalypse experiences in style? Why not write the one and only Apocalypse Gazette?