Camp NaNo Stole My Sanity (A Recap)12:17 PM
There are only a few days left in this month's Camp NaNoWriMo, and my emotional/mental state is...iffy, to say the least.
|This is pretty much how I've felt all month.|
However! I'm right on target and unless anything weird happens I'll finish right on time, so there is that. I set out with a goal of 75k (I am a notorious overachiever) and right now I'm at 67,500, roughly. I THINK I CAN DO IT GUYS.
It's been exhausting. Between that, school, and a frankly insane amount of reading, I'm a teensy bit worn-out. This first draft absolutely sucks - but hey, I was prepared for that. However, I've learned a lot and I've had worlds of fun, so I'm going to recap some of the story stuff that happened this month for you guys.
The WIP: Crimson Gods
I made a sucky cover for reference. I'm sorry.
A bit of a synopsis for you:
Rune, the renowned Ring fighter, has finally lost a match.
Barely escaping with his life, he has left honor, dignity, riches, and a certain woman named Jalila behind, owing his life to a mere peasant by the name of Lake when the boy drags him from a heap of bloodied corpses. Surely surviving a slit throat is a message, a blessing from the gods - Rune must be called to greater things than this.
Lake is the key back into the Ring, and back into honor. And surely honor will win back Jalila's heart. But training a boy to slaughter has its downsides; namely, Lake is developing extraordinary talents to rival Rune's own, and Jalila is not impressed. Rune falls deeper and deeper into a darker path with every attempt to earn redemption and respect, while watching Lake become the hero instead - and in the end, can the villain really win out for good?
This, as you may guess from my writing process, is not how it turned out. But that's basically it. It's been a month full of dark brooding and gladiators and whole tons of angst and some shipping thrown in there and lots of fabulous sass, and I've loved all of it. I mean, sure, as a first draft it's pretty awful - there's not much of a plot to speak of - but I've got a good foundation for someday editing. No regrets there. I'll be posting next week about what I learned exactly from this month, but here's what I learned from the story itself:
- Fantasy takes a LOT of work. (This was my first venture into writing it and I think I'm a little traumatized, but overall pleased.)
- Worldbuilding is all in the little details. DO YOUR RESEARCH.
- Swords are fun to research. Less fun is researching the kinds of damage they can cause to the human body.
- Gladiator angst is a wonderful thing.
Also: don't ever write 75k in a school month.
And finally...I will spam you with some quotes that happened, because it was pretty exciting.
Stuff went down within the first few chapters.
Some pretty lovely shipping happened.
And the quote that popped into my head and inspired the whole story a few months ago:
Are you participating in this month's Camp NaNo? What are you writing about? How's it coming along? Share below and do some gloating about what you love about your WIP. Comment away.