Gifts from Camp NaNoWriMo

So, Camp NaNoWriMo started yesterday and as promised to myself I jumped headlong into it.

I’ve started working on a novel; and even though the plot seemed sketchy, I still took the plunge. I did worry about not having enough length and scenes in the storyline to qualify it as a novel.

I am finally working on my novel. And in the process getting to know new things about myself too. YAY!! It’s just Day 2 today and I’ve got down 1500 words already. What could be better than that! Double YAY!!

During my evening walk yesterday, a new idea occurred to me and gave me a breakthrough for making a dull scene more interesting and moving the story forward. That’s when I realized that I’m a ‘pantser’.

Earlier, I had kept pushing the ‘writing a novel’ phase for another time, thinking I wasn’t ready or that the plot wasn’t good enough. But now, after this incident, I am pretty sure I shall manage.

Till recently I would also continuously question myself about my writing skills. An oft repeated question would be – Am I a Writer?

But now, with this discovery, not only is that question answered but I also know what kind! Thrilled about this gift from Camp NaNoWriMo.

This being my very first attempt, I’ve kept a modest target – 10,000 words but the novel may turn out to be longer than that. Of course, the post-writing phase of editing and re-writing is far more important. As of now, I am just focussed on the writing bit. I’ve started the journey. I shall now strive to reach the finishing line.

A trial version of Scrivener is available for Camp NaNoWriMo participants and I’m loving it so far. It has indeed made writing easier.

I’m super-excited about the journey ahead and the learnings it promises to bring with it.

What’s the latest update with you? Are you also participating in Camp NaNo or are you doing the Blogging A to Z challenge?

Please share your feedback and stories via the comment box below.

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  • oneta hayes
    Posted at 17:28h, 02 April Reply

    Go, Girl, run right along with that dream; that is the only way dreams are fulfilled. Just do it. Everything I see from you, yells “writer.”

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 17:31h, 02 April Reply

      Thank you Oneta!!! That’s the best compliment ever! 😀 😀 Love it!

  • Kim Richardson
    Posted at 22:26h, 02 April Reply

    Best of luck! If your blog is anything to go by, I’d say you’re already a writer 🙂

  • Feelings and Freedom
    Posted at 04:35h, 03 April Reply

    Great. Good to know that you are finally pursuing your dream of writing a novel!!
    I am sure it’ll turn out to be a masterpiece. I love your writing !!! I hope I’ll also gather such courage some day and begin mine 🙂
    All the best.

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 05:20h, 03 April Reply

      Thank you!! 🙂 Just jump in headlong, I say 😀

  • fictionalkevin
    Posted at 19:53h, 05 April Reply

    Have fun. I need to move ahead on a couple stories I’m writing (other than the one with Meg.) What’s a “panster”?

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 20:39h, 05 April Reply

      Thank you 🙂 You should definitely write it. Jump in , I say 🙂 A ‘pantser’ is a one who writes the story as it goes along, as opposed to a ‘plotter’ who has the story mapped out from the very beginning. Pantser may have some parts or even a basic storyline in place , but for most parts the story is written as it develops. Plotter have all details worked out even before they start writing.

      • fictionalkevin
        Posted at 20:42h, 05 April Reply

        I’m kinda both. I think. We’ll see. And I am writing it, slowly, but it takes effort. Thanks for the encouragement.

        • Wandering Soul
          Posted at 21:16h, 05 April Reply

          All the best! Look forward to reading them. 🙂

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