This week (and probably the next two as well), I am getting ready for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t already know what this means, it’s a free, online camp version of National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write anywhere from 10,000 words upward in 30 days.
I’m planning to write the rough draft of Time Will Tell, the first novel of a fantasy idea I got from a chance comment during April Camp. The idea started with a world with two suns, which creates a two-day time zone system. Hence the need for a fantasy world, since magic clearly has to be involved here.
Now that I’m committed to this project for July, that gives me 19 days to figure out my outline–a project I’ve been working on since April camp. This is a big project for me. I’ve got to figure out the world I’ve created, how two completely different kinds of magicians work their magic, decide how to fit in all the unique and fun characters I’ve already come up with, and make sure I’ve got enough conflict and plot to carry an entire novel. Fortunately, I’ve got an able brainstorming buddy in my brother, who is also a talented writer. But when it comes to the logical, story structure part, I’m basically on my own.
I have to keep reminding myself that this is just a rough draft. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t even have to be good. That’s what revisions are for. I have to shut off that part of my brain that wants to nitpick every little detail, and insists on criticizing everything I do. Writing is supposed to be fun, and this project was meant to be a fun, crazy, whimsical idea. Let’s hope I can survive this.