Camp NaNoWriMo Update

Camp NaNoWriMo wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, but I’m still proud of my accomplishments so far.


Camp NaNoWriMo wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped, but I’m still proud of my accomplishments so far. There are still a few days remaining in the challenge I set for myself to rewrite part of my epic fantasy novel and I probably won’t reach my goal.

That’s okay.

April Camp NaNo has never gone well for me. I usually don’t find time to write until the July version. This April Camp NaNo is my most successful so far, even though I’ll likely come out short.

My plan is to get through rewriting another chapter or two by the end of this month and I’ll be satisfied with that. There are some huge changes in my life right now that will require my focus, and I’m glad that I was able to make some progress this early in the year.




Camp NaNoWriMo Day One

What I accomplished on day one of Camp NaNoWriMo

Progress: 1721 words

I managed to get some rewriting done in my epic fantasy novel late last night. Right now I’m focusing on rewriting the story and not worrying so much about grammar. I’ll save that for when I finish the novel.

So far the beginning of the prologue has been greatly expanded and I tried to slow the pace and make one particular scene a little creepier. I haven’t succeeded with the latter, so I’ll spend some more time with that today (after I start my math homework for college).

One thing I should note is how I do my rewrites. I count the number of words in the new draft rather than hours spent rewriting the story. I have two Word documents open and I write a line at a time, usually reworking it completely. It takes a while, but I’ve seen great results between my drafts in the past.

That’s all for this update. I’ll have a new video on YouTube today about my first week of Spring Quarter classes at the university, which you can find on my channel at 11am PDT.

Edit: the video is now live here: 

How did your first day go?

Camp NaNoWriMo is here

After making considerable progress in my contemporary fantasy novel this week, I will be shifting my focus toward my epic fantasy novel.

Happy Easter and happy April Fool’s Day! It’s also the start of Camp NaNoWriMo’s April edition.

After making considerable progress in my contemporary fantasy novel this week, I will be shifting my focus toward my epic fantasy novel. I want to use Camp NaNoWriMo to rewrite the first half of Clash of Crimson. As much as I was having fun experimenting with vigilantes, magic in a modern setting, and writing about a character who had suffered much loss in his life, I need to take a break.

Firgrove has been an idea of mine dating back to 2014 I believe, but I realized while writing it that I didn’t know the story I was trying to tell. That’s the point of a first draft, but I couldn’t connect all of these crazy ideas that I had for the novel.

I think it’s best that I keep thinking about Firgrove and jotting down more ideas for it throughout April. Rewriting Clash is my priority because I think it’s about damn time to actually finish a draft of a novel. If I remain on track, I might actually be able to finish a complete draft of the novel this year of early next year. That’s a big deal, because I’ve been trying to finish it for 5 years. Considering that this is supposed to be the first book in a larger series (I have enough ideas for like 8 books), you can begin to see why I’m shifting my focus back to it.

Unlike Firgrove, I know the story I want to tell with Clash. I’ve had 11 years to think about where I want the series to go. My biggest problem has been forcing myself to sit down and write it. Working on a novel every November and July isn’t enough. I need to start working on it as often as I can.

That’s why I’m trying to rewrite as much as I can this month. I have new characters to add to the story, a new interpretation of the plot, and some much needed clarification on the setting.

I’m in a cabin for editing and revising this month, and so far some great resources have been shared that I’ll be using in my rewrite. I’m exciting see how much I get done with everything else that’s going on in my life.

More on that later. For now, I have writing to do.

What are you writing for Camp NaNoWriMo? Have you had any day 1 successes?


Camp NaNoWriMo season and 85k90

Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, which means I have a chance to redeem myself and actually work on my epic fantasy novel. 

This year I participated in my first ever 85k90, a free writing challenge from January to the end of March where you write 85,000 words of a novel in 90 days.

After failing at NaNoWriMo this past year and changing my novel halfway through, I decided that 85k90 would be a great time to work on my new experimental urban fantasy/thriller novel. It was at first. About halfway through I just realized that I wasn’t ready to write that particular story and I switched back to working on my epic fantasy series.

I got busy with university and I decided to put more effort into my YouTube channel, which resulted in me not writing much of anything.

But I’m not disappointed. Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, which means I have a chance to redeem myself and actually work on my epic fantasy novel.

If you’ve read any of the posts on this blog, you’ll know that I have never had success during the April version of Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s such a busy time of year for me. This time, I’m just going to write when I feel like and do some worldbuilding and the like. Even if it’s twice a week, I’ll be happy.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? If so, what are you going to be writing?

-Chase Charaba

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Getting excited about this new novel

It’s only day 2 of working on this novel, and I’m already excited for what’s to come.

I’ve written the first 3,500 words, and I’ve explored some very interesting areas that I wouldn’t normally explore in my writing. For one, this is an urban fantasy of sorts. I HATE

Just a quick book cover that I made in Photoshop using my own Mount Rainier star photos and some free image light vectors. It’s just for fun, nothing too serious.

writing about our modern world. I prefer to write epic/high fantasy so that I can create a world from scratch and really introduce readers into my full imagination. So, for me to be excited about writing an urban fantasy is really something.

Second, chapter one jumps right into the action. I always include action in my first chapter, but I usually spend a little time working on setting and showing my characters’ lives beforehand. With this one, the chapter includes the discovery that will launch the plot, just so that readers can get a taste of what they’re in for.

Third, I only made a 1 page outline. I usually outline and world build for much longer, and I think that’s partly why the fun has been sucked out of writing for me. This novel has an end goal, and I have enough notes to drive the story forward, but I’m just going to let myself and write and come up with things as I go.

I’m just trying new things that I’ve never done before, and we’ll see where it goes.

As part of my excitement, I decided to make some graphics for the novel, just to really sell it to myself. They aren’t professional, they’re just something I whipped up in Photoshop using my own star/mountain photos and stuff. If I were to actually sell this novel, I’d spend more time making a cover that fits the story better, but for now it’s all about having fun.

Announcing a new project

As promised I want to start writing a fiction project exclusively for this blog. I’ve tried to start one a few times but they turned into novels instead.

Sometime this month I will start a series called The Curse of Me, a supernatural romance-thriller based off a piece of flash fiction I wrote in September for the Story a Day challenge.

I don’t think it will be a weekly segment or anything, but it will be exclusive to this blog. I may not actually get to it until January, but it will happen.

Winning NaNoWriMo, Again

10 minutes before midnight on November 28, 2015 I validated my novel to finish my third consecutive quest for 50,000 words in a month.

This year was my most stressful National Novel Writing Month yet. I had to balance my first quarter of college, my first job, and writing a high fantasy novel in one month. It makes me never want to do it again (jk).

I clocked in at 50,055 words but I’ll probably keep adding more throughout December. I made the mistake of quitting on this day last year when I won NaNoWriMo and not going back to the novel until July. Whoops. I need to keep writing while the plot is fresh in my mind.

Not having NaNoWriMo hanging over me means that I can gradually return to blogging! Yay for free time.

Congrats to all of the other winners.

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 8

13,364/50,000 words

I just finished day 8 of National Novel Writing Month and I’m exhausted. It’s been such a busy week with work and college, yet I was still able to write and meet today’s goal.

This year’s NaNoWriMo feels harder than usual, yet this is the first time I’ve ever had 13,000 words on the 8th (my previous day 8 total was 10,653). I just started writing Chapter Three: The Letter, which is a bit of a fun chapter to write. Chapter Two was hell because I wasn’t sure where I was going with it and it seems to childish and unnecessary, but Chapter Three rocks. Chapter Three has snow, mountains, tea bricks, and an attack on the outpost. What could be better?

Actually, I’ve only written up to the tea bricks, but there WILL be an attack.

I spent most of the weekend working on world-building. I developed the basics of the world religions and gave them all names. I also worked on the currency system in use by my world and I have started renaming things.

I’ll see if I have time for another update this week.

Until then, happy writing.

NaNoWriMo: Day 2

It’s day two of National Novel Writing Month. This is my third year participating and my third year working on the same novel. Each year I hit 50k words, but I have never written THE END. This time will be different, however, because I think I can finish it before NaNo 2016.

My first day of writing went well. I broke my first-day record for NaNoWriMo with 3821 words. Now it’s day two and I haven’t had time to write yet, but I will. So, I’m keeping this short and sweet for now. I’ll hopefully be back tomorrow with a much longer post about NaNoWriMo and my novel.

Until then, best wishes to you all.


NaNoWriMo: preparation time

November is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for another National Novel Writing Month. Many of you have stuck around to watch my journey over the past two NaNoWriMos, where I completed the quest for 50k words. You may have also watched me win July Camp NaNo 2014 and fail miserably at July Camp NaNo 2015.

As if it were possible I have become even more critical of my writing. I have also become more creative. When those two forces meet, it’s hell.

I’ve been writing the same novel for the past two years. I started the novel in 2009 or 2010, but I scrapped it when I only wrote 60 or so pages in my notebook. I came back to the story for NaNoWriMo 2013 with new characters and a slightly different plot. I succeeded in writing the first half. I rewrote that first half for Camp NaNo and started the second half for NaNoWriMo 2014, where I managed to get 50k more words, ending up with like 111k when I combined both my edit and my second half. The problem was that it needed editing and it still wasn’t done.

So, I tried to rewrite it again for Camp NaNo and failed. I just kind of gave up on my new plot and I wasn’t sure how much of the original story I was going to keep. I spent a week in August writing up a new plot and characters, even changing the name of my novel from Prophecy of Euphinor to A Clash of Crimson. Everything was going well, and then I shelved it. I got busy and let writing slip my mind to focus on work and college.

Well, I’m back and ready to put this new plot into action.

The new plot is very complex and it will involve some new writing choices. Before the novel was told in third person, but it focused 80% of the time on Arrellinor Sharp and 20% of the time on Austrevur the wizard. Now, the cast is larger and many of those characters get chapters of their own.

I still haven’t finalized the new plot, so on Sunday I started to world build again and wrote page 1 of my story bible. I also joined the brand new writing club at my college called The Inkslingers Writers Coalition or something like that, which focuses heavily on surviving NaNo.

I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Who else is participating in NaNoWriMo? How are you guys faring?