Camp NaNo: A change in plans

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Camp NaNoWriMo is a delightful off-season (if you will) NaNo event that is held in the spring every year. Like November’s NaNo, it is a time to push yourself and connect with other writers, but being Camp, it is also much more relaxed. Your options are cracked wide open, so instead of being restricted to just a novel, you can write a screenplay, short story collection, poems, anything your heart desires. The word count can be set to whatever is most appropriate for your project (as opposed to the traditional 50K), and you can be very specific about which medium and genre you’re writing in. Another awesome element are Cabins. You can fill out a quick questionnaire and be put in a small group of 11 people who are working on like projects. You can go with a random selection or pick a group of people you already know. This is incredible for helping you meet others that enjoy writing what you write.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to participate in this year’s first Camp NaNo. Like NaNoWriMo, I have never tried it before, and it sounded amazing to me. Most especially because I COULD WRITE A SCREENPLAY!! I started planning my plot, loosely outlining, building a brainstorming board on Pinterest, putting together a playlist, and getting really excited. But then I looked at all the projects I still have on my plate.

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Pinterest and Writing

pinterest-pinboard-600I had a crazy idea today, and I’m hoping I struck genius gold. I’m not sure how genius gold differs from real gold or just plain genius…I don’t know, I’m recovering from an illness so my mind isn’t quite right. Just go with it.

Maybe I’m not the first to come up with this particular idea, but I’ll certainly take credit for it! It’s very common for writers to create playlists to help us get in the right head-space to work on a particular project. I love the process of creating specific playlists. It’s another way for me to learn more about my setting and characters. Which song most accurately depicts the ora of this town? What song would she listen to after her heart’s been broken? What song would be laid behind this scene in a movie? Making the playlist that guides me through each story is almost better than writing the story itself. But what about those of us who are also greatly affected by visuals? Shouldn’t we have a sort of visual playlist to get us in the mood as well?

Enter Pinterest! I just started using Pinterest a few months ago. I boycotted it for a long time because I thought only desperate housewives and boring girls who only thought about weddings all day used it. But then I realized how helpful it is for storing ideas and discovering fun recipes! It also caters to my OCD organizational habits quite nicely. I have a board for my dream house, a board for recipes, a board for desserts, and board for style, a board for books, a board for films, but NOT a board for weddings! I refuse. But I’ll admit it’s hard to resist. Those pins are just so damn pretty!

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NaNoWriMo 2013

2013-Participant-Facebook-CoverI don’t really remember how I learned about NaNo. Maybe I saw some people talking about it on Facebook and decided to give it a Google, but however it came into my sphere of influence, I’m really happy that it did. This year I’m going to attempt my first NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is November. The idea is that you push yourself to write a 50,000 word (at least) manuscript by the end of the month. It doesn’t have to be great, in fact it won’t be. It just has to hit that word count. Obviously it’s a first draft so you’d be going back and revising, but the point is that you will have a full first draft of a novel written by you. It’s pretty intense, but when it comes to actually writing I can pump out over 3,000 words a day no problem (suggested daily word count while participating in NaNo is around 1,667 I think). My issue is sitting down and actually doing it.

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Remaking St. Elmo’s Fire

Everyone has their calling; their big time. And as perhaps three of you might have seen on my twitter a while ago, mine would be writing the remake of Joel Schumacher’s St. Elmo’s Fire. This movie is very important to me, because when I graduated from college I tried to move out to LA with no money, no car, and no idea of how to get settled. I moved home and immediately dove into an awful depression. One sleepless night I cued up this classic on my Netflix account, and while I’d seen it before, this time it hit me harder than ever. Jules’ line to Billy in the middle of her breakdown, “I never thought I’d be so tired at 22,” felt like it came right from my gut. Needless to say, I love this movie.

Since I have nothing to do with my life and have broken basically all of my New Year’s resolutions (including writing entries every week), I thought I would elaborate on how exactly I would remake this movie. This is, after all, my Super Bowl.

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