Well, I blinked and now it’s almost July. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?
July is this year’s second CampNaNo, one that I will not be participating in. I think (but don’t quote me on it) that most years I only end up doing one of the Camps anyhow, and this year I got it out of the way with a mostly disappointing April.
Oh, except I finished the first draft of a novel, which is always a good, if daunting, feeling. The entire time I was writing it, finishing the draft felt like this wondrous end-goal, if I could just there then everything would be awesome (cue The Lego Movie theme song here).
Well, I’m rereading it now, when I can squeeze in the time, and I can pretty definitively say that everything is not awesome. There is the definite potential for awesome, but it’s currently buried beneath a mountain of mediocre words and ideas.
So the next step is to pull out the shiny bits and reform them into something beautiful (or at least a little more cohesive), a magical process occasionally referred to as “editing”. I hear tell that editing can fix all manner of sins, which is good, because this draft has them, and a few that I wasn’t entirely sure was possible before I started.
Isn’t learning fun?!
Sarcasm set aside (or at least toned down), this does mean that my current writing focus is editing, not the production of words on a new story, so the word-focused deadline of Camp just doesn’t fit well what I want to do. I could, perhaps, find a different way to count what I’m doing and maybe a stab in the dark at estimating what a good goal would be, but it seems like rather a lot of work for little reward, especially as I won’t be joining a cabin.
Plus, at some point, I really ought to get good at this whole “writing consistently” thing without NaNo. NaNo is fun, but doing NaNo doesn’t make one a serious writer (though it can help).
The minor difficulty here is that I have no idea how to edit, and there are about as many ways to edit as there are writers (and possibly more – some writers might work on different books in different ways). So this will be a process of discovery, of figuring out what works well for me, and then (hopefully) sticking to it.
You know, in that abundance of free time that I have right now.
How about you guys? Any of you planning on doing the CampNaNo thing, even if you’re doing it somewhat as a rebel?