Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s the Fourth of July weekend, I’ve just returned from a cruise and land tour to Alaska, my endocrinologist has started me on a new medication with adverse side effects, Camp NaNoWriMo has just begun, and—naturally—it’s my turn for a blog post.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

No, I don’t expect any sympathy. I don’t work so I should have plenty of time to write. Right?

Rrriiiggghhhttt.  Time isn’t the problem. What do I have to say that is worth reading???

Since this isn’t a cooking or entertaining blog, I won’t bore anyone with my plans for celebrating Independence Day.

Since this isn’t a travel blog, I doubt if anyone wants to hear about my trip to Alaska. (I did have good intentions of keeping a journal. That lasted a day.)

Since this isn’t a medical blog, I’ll save you from a description of how the .05 mg of fludrocortisone is affecting me.

Guess that leaves Camp NaNoWriMo, the July session of the traditional NaNoWriMo held in November, which you may or may not know that I have “won” two times. (Winning entails submitting an original novel of at least 50,000 words written during the month.)

For July, I’ve committed to writing an additional 50,000 words of my already started “Claire” novel. Submitting a work in progress is legal during Camp NaNoWriMo but not in November. My brilliant idea for “Camp” was first to outline how I am going to connect the three novels that I have based in the town of Woodbury: “Anne,” “Claire,” and “It Takes a Village Store,” (all evidently working titles) and then write “Claire,” the first book in my trilogy.It made sense a few months ago….

Now that I am attempting to commit to paper how to connect the three books as well as write the first book all during July, I’m starting to rethink my plan. If the idea is to write 50,000 words in 31 days (note that November only has 30!) and it’s already the 3rd, maybe I’ll forgo working on the links among the three books and instead devote my efforts to “Claire.”

I already have 11,000 words written for this book, as well as a ton of backstory, and I even know the ending—at least the ending as of today—so it makes sense to just whip out the rest of the book. I might even be done before the end of the month….

Happy Fourth of July to all of our followers!!

About Karen Whalen

A contemporary fiction and domestic suspense writer with an accumulation of incomplete novels and short stories, I spend half the year in NH with our youngest daughter and family and the remainder of the year in Arizona with our other two daughters and their families. This arrangement allows my husband to golf year-round. I am fortunate that my daughters live in places I would have retired to all on my own!

Posted on July 3, 2015, in blogging, Karen Whalen, writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. You’re not a hero until you actually perform. But I appreciate your enthusiasm on my behalf! Tomorrow morning Steve is golfing so I plan to do nothing but write!


  2. You signed up for 50,000 words?! Are you crazy? All I did was promise 25,000 words, on the understanding (on the web site — it’s kosher) that an hour of “editing” work equals 1,000 words of first draft. There wasn’t a category for just outlining. And I’m already about 750 words short. You are a hero!


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