July Camp NaNoWriMo: First Weekend

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I started off July’s Camp NaNoWriMo by going to the library for research purposes. Worldbuilding is an important aspect of writing, so it is just as important to do proper research. For Deerstalker, the novel I have been working on all year, I have to do a lot of research due to the specific time period and setting I chose. Not only do they have a large impact on the plot, but it also affects small things, such as food, clothing, and customs.

I picked up books about the culture of the regions I have chosen to incorporate into my novel and the time period it is placed in so I can have a better understanding of the world. While my story contains supernatural elements that are not present in our world, I still want to bring in realistic elements to ground the reader.

I’ve actually had a lot of fun researching the culture and setting over the past few days. I learned a lot about history that I never would have imagined had I not chosen this specific period and region. These snippets of information will serve to enrich the plot, characters, and overall story by adding in details that the reader can relate to. I look forward to learning more about the places and peoples I have chosen for this story! I have already thought of new scenes to add based on the information I found so far, and can’t wait to write them out.

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Good News!

I received great news earlier this week: I was offered the job of Copywriter Specialist with Web.com! I was very excited and accepted, so I start my career on Monday. After months of searching, applying, interviewing, and almost losing hope, I can put my Bachelor’s of English degree to good work and start paying off my student debt! The job consists of what I’ve been doing for several years now for both personal and professional work: writing content for business websites. I will be working with a team of fellow writers and editors to build brochure-style websites for professionals and businesses, working on the content pages before the design and coding team works their magic. If all goes well, I plan to stay with this company and build my career for several years.

Have no fear, I’ll still be writing! I am continuing my editing work on finished books, which mostly involves typing out the written version of Last of the Avians (whose title changed once I realized “Avian” is a more efficient term than “Winged Person”). I am also still publishing Hub Pages articles on how to write novels, using my own experience and advice from professional and academic sources. I even plan on writing a “How To Get A Job” aka What College Doesn’t Teach You article outlining what I have learned in these past few months alone (and wish I knew yeas ago!). If there are any other articles you would like to see from me, such as explaining more closely some of the steps (like Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing) or other writing topics, please let me know!

Writing Progress

I devised a writing schedule for myself to get motivated and to focus on my original work while job-hunting. Right now I’m trying to edit the books I’ve already written instead of trying to write anything new or finish other projects. I carved out a block of my day to work on several of these writing projects, switching them up so I don’t hit a block or lose inspiration.

The Planet of Dreams

I’ve been working on the Planet of Dream Series for several years, originally writing in a large notebook during travel, trips to the beach, and whenever I had time to write! I finished it recently, but now have to undertake the process of getting the handwritten version typed up on the computer. Once I have everything typed up, I can go back and make further edits, getting the manuscript ready for publication.

The Day I Howled

I’ve finally begun looking at Howled for some serious editing. Because I was a novice when I began this children’s book, and because the audience is not what I usually write for, I have a lot of work cut out for me! I ended up cutting out a lot of scenes (actually, about three whole chapters!) and made a lot of notes for moving forward. I may have to rewrite about half of the book, keeping in mind the audience I’m aiming for, but it’s on my schedule, among other books to work on.

Conference Paper

For a mythology class during my senior year at Flagler, I wrote a paper on Loki as an anti-hero. My professor and I got to talking, and decided to put together a panel for the PCAS conference! Myself, along with two other students, will present a panel for the upcoming conference in October at New Orleans. I’ve been working on my paper to get it conference ready, adding in elements of the Marvel movies and re-organizing the content for the presentation. It’s a fun experience, since I love the topic, and I may be able to submit for a student award!

Saving You

The third original novel I’m working on for this schedule is something I wrote for High School and reworked during a college class, so I’m not as worried about the editing. Because I added scenes and did some editing for the class, I have a good idea of how this is shaping up and just need to rearrange some scenes to make everything fit. This one will be Young Adult just like the Planet of Dreams Series, so I’m more familiar with the audience.

(I haven’t even looked at the final notes on my play yet, oops!)