Only hours left until camp!


The June session of Camp Nanowrimo is set to start on June 1st, which is just under two and a half hours away by my local time. I’m really excited, and not quite sure what to expect.

Because I’m off to Kansas for the last week of June, I didn’t think that I was up to the 50k challenge, and plus, I’ve been wanting to concentrate more on writing short stories than novels. So, my rebel camp challenge is this: Write eight short stories, (that is, first drafts of new short stories,) in June, with a minimum of 2000 words each.

That isn’t a huge word count target – 16k total as opposed to 50k, but writing shorts is harder than getting into the novel groove, so I felt that this was a good place to set my goal. For one thing, it can be harder to be brief than to write at length, and if all of my stories end up stretching to an average of six thousand words – then I’d be at 48k. I’d be a bit frustrated if that happens, but finishing the count is the important thing.

I completed three shorts in May, along with a lot of other goals I was working on, but I was generally pretty focused on a short story if I had one on the go. “Tough Love” was finished over a two-day weekend, while  “A Prayer for Healing” and “Northward Ho” each took four consecutive days – for Northward, they were all weekdays, and ‘Prayer’ ended on a Saturday.

So… if I can manage to finish off a short every three days or so while I’m in Canada, then I’ll be almost finished when I leave for Kansas on the 24th, and will be able to squeeze in just a little time writing in between workshop sessions, or on Saturday the 30th.

Last August, I did the Camp Rebel thing, (and even gathered a group of like-minded rebels into a cabin, as I have done again this year,) but in terms of rebel progress, it was a pretty big failure. Part of it was that I had a very vague goal, “Rewrite this manuscript and change the character of Ereyu in this way…” and the Storywonk revision class that I was taking, although it was great and I learned a lot from it, wasn’t quite concrete enough to get me on the step by step path that I needed – in fact, my head was swimming with all of the stuff I learned but wasn’t quite sure how to put into practice, and it wasn’t until I discovered the other revision course, the Holly Lisle one, that I was able to find that path.

I thought about doing a rebel Camp session for Holly Lisle HTRYN classes, but figured that it might be tempting some bad juju to declare myself a rebel camp editor again – and anyway, I did plenty of that in March for NaNoEdMo. So June is about the journey of short stories.

Are you signed up for Camp Nanowrimo? If not, do you have other goals in mind for June?

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5 Responses to Only hours left until camp!

  1. Trisha says:

    Have a great time with your Camp Rebelness :) I’m glad to say I’m not travelling at all during June. Had enough of travelling ;) Of course, in July I am travelling for a week, but that’s nothing by comparison with other trips I’ve taken!

  2. All the best!

    I can’t do camp nano in june because work is generally still crazy, ALSO, have got a broadway program going on.

    June’s a crazy month!

  3. Chris, I’m so happy to read this post! I signed up for Camp too, but I’ve been too ashamed to post in cabin because I’m Rebelling as well. :)

    My goal is to write first drafts of two short novellas, 10 to 20k each. I’ll save the 50k slaving until November! :) I’m thinking 2k a day, 5 days a week, starting tomorrow, maybe tonight, to keep from stressing. I’ve been away from my writing for the past 6 weeks or so, but thought this would be a fun way to get back in the swing.

    • Good luck! I wish that they had cabin-finder options for various different kinds of rebels, because you need to be able to talk with people who understand what you’re going through, and not disrespect you because you’re rebelling.

      In the absence of that, I’ve assembled a nearly hand-picked cabin of rebels, and we’re having a great time so far!

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