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Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

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This post is super late because I just got out of a four-hour Residence Hall Association meeting (phew!), but here it is: Camp NaNoWriMo!

I have been participating in NaNoWriMo since 2010 and Camp NaNoWriMo since 2013. Both are great joys in my life: chances to challenge myself to write in quantities that I can’t normally achieve without deadline-induced motivation.

My goal for this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo is to finish the rest of my rewrite of Runaway–approximately 40,000 words.

book cover runaway nicole crucial mountains

The synopsis:

Roscoe Pratt, now 18, is supposed to kill his mother to take over leadership of the Pack. He wants that responsibility like he wants a silver bullet to the temple, and none of the rest of the Pack seems eager for him to take it. The Pack has bigger problems to worry about, too, like the fact that a huge logging company is going to begin destroying their forest home within the month. With his best friend telling him to flee from the impossible odds and his girlfriend telling him to seek revenge for what the humans did to Roscoe’s father a decade ago, Roscoe is caught in the middle of the worst kind of indecision. That is, until he winds up a hostage in the logger camp and the people he cares about begin dropping like flies.

Runaway is a young adult speculative (werewolf) novel that takes place in the same universe that I have been working on for the past several years, since writing the first (terrible, since scrapped) book in 2012. The world has undergone significant revisions, including a setting change from modern-day, magical-realist Earth to an Earth-like but separate planet with a much different history.

At the moment, Runaway is the most put-together book I’ve written. The plot is most consistent, the characters have the most definite arcs, and the subplots are most cohesively interwoven. But it still needs a lot of work, and that’s what I’m using Camp NaNo for.

I will also be participating in April’s #AtoZchallenge for blogging, just to get a little fresh content in there. Get ready for this blog to be all planning, all the time. (For a month.)

All this while I’m finishing up the last month of schoolwork, which includes several research papers, and preparing for Atlantis‘s mid-April release, among other things. Some things will inevitably fall through the cracks, I’m sure.

I do this to myself, but prayers and sympathy chocolate are still appreciated.

Who else is participating in Camp NaNo? What is your project?




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