This post was meant to post automatically, as were the other Camp NaNoWriMo posts. Clearly, internet and I have had some miscommunication but I will get the caught up over the next few days. Hopefully.
There is nothing quite like moving house to distract you. In fact, it is one of the most consuming distractions I have had in a long time. And it has quite effectively put writing well and truly on the backburner. Which is pretty awkward considering how well I’m doing with the short story challenge. Which is to say, I haven’t finished the second half of the first story yet. But I am working on it! Kind of…
All the chaos has given me a new appreciation for people who work and write, people who find the time in random moments to create something. So here I am, randomly awake an hour before my alarm, writing a blog post so I can get onto the wagon a few days before March.
March is Camp NaNoWriMo prep month. This year, I fully intend to prepare. By which I mean plan. Because I am clearly not doing enough to get myself out of my comfort zone as it is.
To help me plan, I am bringing in a few new tools. Two are books, one is a piece of advice I’ve found in various quotes by successful authors.
The advice is to copy great works that you enjoy so you learn what it feels like to write like the great author themselves. I’m adjusting that and taking one of my favourite, out of copyright, novels and using it for the basis of the story and characters. I could be really mysterious here, but it’s Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. So many retellings of that storuly have gone well, I might have a chance of a less terrible vomit copy.
In order to develop new skills as a writer, I have lashed out and acquired the fairly new book The Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester. Why? Because she taught Jim Butcher how to write stories better, and I am a fan of all his series so far. Perhaps importantly, he can plan in such a way that the story feels organic, but the layers that go into it on rereading a series are impressive. The Dresden Files is a great example of how you can use small, seemingly innocuous details to your advantage as a story teller. But that is a blog for another day.
The second book I’ve acquired is also fairly new, Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb. This is based on the thriving Nerd Fitness website and community, but it fits really wel with some solid pyschology. Reading it makes me think of it as a resource for practising the habits in The Happiness Trap by Dr Ruff. The idea is that you find what’s important to you, and do the small things that make that big thing happen basically by accident. Or give yourself a deadline to work towards and create a reward or reinforcement system that works on psychology principles utilised in video games. Sounds a bit out there? There are reasons video games are popular, and a lot of it is based on what they do in our brain. So I’m taking advantage of someone else figuring out how to do it, so I can make the right thing easy. In this case, planning for Camp NaNoWriMo.
And while I’m doing all that, I am still going to work, painting and patching the house where it’s needed, and playing with my bunnies. Our new place has a great backyard, so I intend to get the bunnies out there for some vitamin d and explore time. For now, I’m letting them get settled in their new bunny enclosure and hoping I’ve protected the wood floors from their more destructive tendancies.
If the bunnies are sideways, I will figure that out when I have my computer moved. Smart phones are cool, but there is nothing quite like a computer for making sure things look right.