Camp NaNoWriMo Update

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

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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 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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NaNoWriMo 2017 Playlist

Hello everyone. It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, but it’s National Novel Writing Month, and that means I’m in the mood for writing.

But I’ve noticed something over the years. Without good music, writing is difficult for me.

Every year I make a playlist for NaNoWriMo, usually consisting of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack and other instrumentals from fantasy movies. However, this year I am writing a contemporary fantasy/supernatural/YA novel.

Here’s my playlist for writing this year:

  • “Ramblin’ Bones” – Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
  • “Could Have Been Me (Acoustic)” – The Struts
  • “Kiss This (Acoustic)” – The Struts
  • “Put Your Money On Me (Acoustic)” – The Struts
  • “Barefoot” – Mount Holly
  • “Feel About You” – Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie
  • “Edge of Darkness” – Greta Van Fleet
  • “Flower Power” – Greta Van Fleet
  • “Meet On the Ledge” – Greta Van Fleet
  • “Talk On the Street” – Greta Van Fleet
  • “New Man” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Slow 30’s Room” – David Lynch & Dean Hurley
  • “The Promise” – Chris Cornell
  • “My Monster” – Blondie
  • “Dark Mood Woods/ The Red Room” – Angelo Badalamenti
  • “The Sound of A” – Alice Cooper
  • “Your Own Drum” – Sully Erna
  • “Blue Skies” – Sully Erna
  • “Hometown Life” – Sully Erna
  • “Janie’s Got a Gun” – Steven Tyler (solo version)
  • “So Bad” – Brandon Skeie
  • “Running With the Dogs (Acoustic Version)” – The Treatment
  • “Human Race” – Three Days Grace
  • “Gravity” – Papa Roach
  • “Cry Baby” – The Neighbourhood
  • “Heartbeat” – David Cook
  • “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart” – Chris Cornell
  • “Before We Disappear” – Chris Cornell
  • “Storm” – Soundgarden
  • “Stay Awhile” – She & Him
  • “Make it Rain” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Runaway” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Something from Nothing” – Foo Fighters
  • “Left Hand Free” – alt-J
  • “Afraid” – The Neighbourhood
  • “Sweater Weather” – The Neighbourhood
  • “Let it Go” – The Neighbourhood
  • “I See Fire” – Ed Sheeran
  • “Black Saturday” – Soundgarden
  • “Love Reign O’er Me” – Joe Elliott & Rick Wakeman
  • “All On Your Touch[2012 Revisit]” – Def Leppard
  • “Hard to Believe” – David Cook
  • “Right Here, With You” – David Cook
  • “Paper Heart” – David Cook
  • “Dance Dance Dance” – Riverdale Cast
  • “I’ll Try” – Riverdale Cast
  • “Full Moon” – The Black Ghosts
  • “Tell Me” – Johnny Jewel
  • “The Last Goodbye” – David Cook
  • “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” – She & Him

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

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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.

Sudden Writing Inspiration

Here I am, minding my own business by watching movies, listening to good music, and rewatching Sons of Anarchy over my winter break from college, when I feel that urge to write.

Whoa. Stop right there. Write? I never write during winter break. Winter break is for doing nothing productive so that I can rest before doing another three months straight of college.

This was a new writing urge, however. I didn’t want to start working on my Egethor series again, which is the series that I’ve been working on for many years now. I wanted to write something different, some removed from the series and even the epic fantasy genre.

I wanted to try my hand at a novel that fits somewhere in the realm of dark urban fantasy, somewhere in the realm of superheroes, and somewhere in the realm of science fiction. Can these three genres be mixed? I dunno, but that’s what’s happening with this new project of mine.

It’s an old project really, one that I tried to write in 2014 and early 2015 before giving up on it. However, I was hit with a new idea and I ran with it, outlining the beginning of a new novel. When I finished jotting down the idea, I realized that the idea fit perfectly with what I had envisioned for my Eskaden series, but it would take it in a whole new direction. This new direction would fix the problems that I encountered in my original draft, which had caused me to stop writing it. There’s new life in the story, and I’m really excited to see where this goes.

I’m currently 1,700 words in, and I’ve already explored areas that my original draft did not. Let’s just hope that I make it past the original draft’s 18,000 words.

World Building Like Crazy

I spent the last two days doing some major world building for my novel. There were a few details that I had neglected to figure out and I realized that having those details would make it much easier to piece my world together.

I figured out approximate populations for countries and major cities and created maps for two of the kingdoms where most of the story will be taking place instead of just having a world map.

I also changed a few place names around and created distinctive regions in each country.

I also did a little bit of writing in A Clash of Crimson and I was able to add about 1000 words to the story. If I can keep this momentum up I will be looking good for NaNoWriMo.

As a quick side note, I’m attending a diversity journalism conference in Oregon next week. Because of this commitment, I had to refuse an offer for two $50 tickets for row 17 to see Def Leppard in Tacoma on October 1. Ugh. I really want to go to that concert.

In the mood

I feel in the mood for writing.

I tried writing in Clash of Crimson again last week and I failed. I got some stuff accomplished, but then I went nine days without even looking at my novel. I knew that I needed some inspiration and something to get me going.

So, I decided to spend yesterday watching the entire extended edition Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu Ray. There’s honestly nothing like those films to get me in the mood for writing high fantasy.

Now I’m hoping to get some writing done today and maybe a little bit of revising my outline so that my path ahead is clear.

Then maybe, just maybe, I’ll be ready to write part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November.

Motivation Monday #2

Happy Monday! Here’s another inspirational quote to get us started for the week.

Hopefully this one will motivate you (and me) to write something today.

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”
– C. J. Cherryh

Writing, Writing Again

I was inspired to write a little bit more in my novel yesterday. A Clash of Crimson has been the absolute biggest headache and the hardest project of my life, and it doesn’t look like it will ever be finished. But, I’m pushing forward.

I gave up on my rewrite at about the 30,000 word mark in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2016. Now I’m trying to play catch up so that I’m ready to begin writing part 2 for NaNoWriMo in November. I figure if I can at least get a little bit of writing in each week, then I’ll be in good shape.

September 11, 2016

Starting Word Count: 30,177

Ending Word Count: 30,836

Difference: +659