I find that if I ignore the stories in my head, after a while the ideas quit coming. I might have a rare revelation and then quickly forget it, but that’s all. The last book I wrote was in December. Since then, I pushed away any new ideas so that I could edit in peace. After I edited, the ideas just were not there. I wasn’t writing much in the way of stories. If this Camp NaNo does nothing but get those creative ideas flowing again, it will be a success.
I have written a couple paragraphs on several different story prompts I found on Pinterest. None of them seemed to hit me just right. I was getting pretty discouraged when nothing was clicking, and I couldn’t come up with anything that would hold my interest. I had one scene and character development for a whole book, but no story line! So after a while of trying to come up with something, I abandoned that idea also and moved on. During one of my “frantically looking through old ideas” sessions, I hit upon one that started a little flicker of an idea. So far, I have written several thousand words pertaining to this story. I hope the good ideas keep coming. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote that partly inspired my new story:
86400 seconds pass by every single day. How many of those do you actually realize?
Because there is time, there is history. History is something that is remembered about the past, a conglomerate of seconds so important that they were passed down through the ages. The history happens, it is remembered, then it passes and a new minute, a new second goes by. Each one opening the chance for a different piece of history to be made, a different decision, a different action, a different word, and that moment will never roll around again… Alternate realities holding the choices that were made and the things that could have been, the things that will never be. Time is a funny thing. Every second you waste is wasted history, every wrong decision you make ruins a world in a reality that doesn’t matter to you.
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I hope it sparks ideas of your own!
It’s hard for me to write when I know I might be called to something at any second, like a brother needing a babysitter or the blueberry bushes ripe for picking. It’s not that I can’t concentrate; it’s that I’m scared to get to deep into my world and then be called out of it at a crucial moment. Lately, I have been struggling with getting out of bed in the mornings. I have been shooting for between seven and eight every day for a while. But no matter how bad I want to get up when I go to bed that night, when the alarm goes off I reason myself to stay in bed for some reason or another. And then by lunch time I hate myself for it. So, I thought, why not stay up late and write like you did in December? Because then I would be starting a never ending cycle of late to bed late to rise. Hopefully I will find a solution to this problem and soon. Maybe a nine o’clock college class will beat some sense into me. Ha! Ha!
So far in my camp adventure I have written nine thousand ninty nine words! I fell behind a little over the holiday but I caught up pretty quick. I set my word count to thirty thousand. So far I’m on track. I love the feeling of knowing that I have a story growing inside. What are some of your camp NaNo or writing in general, problems? Have you overcome any great writing hurdles lately? Stay tuned for more next week. If you don’t already, follow me on twitter @sun_squiggles to know how things are going every day. I post all kinds of cool things. Don’t forget to see my first post in the series: Camp NaNoWriMo !
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