When I was in the military it seemed as though my every waking hour was spent preparing for, fighting through, or recovering from one exercise, real world disaster or wartime effort. While I don’t miss the tempo, I did pick up a few bits and pieces that might help you the way it does me.
There’s this thing called a “Hotwash”. Not as sexy as it sounds, I’m afraid. It’s a summary of an event which shows preparation, actions leading up to the event, event response, lessons learned and followup actions. I use the same theory for each book I write and every event I participate in. Don’t worry. It’s a much simpler format for our use. 😀
July 2013 Camp NaNoWriMo Hotwash
Prep for NaNo
- Figured out what I was going to work on
- Web prep and documents ready
- Cleared the plate of all other works in progress before the event began
During the Event
- Planning for the edits with Thunder and Roses didn’t prepare me properly for the sheer wordage of the novel. I lost five days on NaNo.
- I was able to finish and submit two books (working on the third today).
- Checked in almost daily with the Camp crew and my writing group
- Averaged about 1300-2000 words or so a day on the days I wasn’t working on edits or submissions. (YAY me! I usually average about 500 a day)
- Middle of summer burn out with the kids contributed to some tough hurdles
- Four days of post-military medical evaluations and traveling wore me down for almost an entire week.
- On the days I was writing, the words were like magic.
- On the days I wasn’t writing, I was still working on the book.
- When I hit the last week of NaNo, I was tired. Beyond tired.
- Touching base with everyone made me write until the last day (today I’m exhausted)
- My word count went up
- Finding creative solutions when I wouldn’t be at my desk during NaNo
- Poor planning on the part of summer vacation.
- Expecting to waltz through edits, submissions, and physically exhausting events.
- Went off track on my story so often I don’t recognize it anymore.
- On the months were I get to choose my own word count for NaNo, don’t expect 50k
- Give myself rest days after large mind and body drains like edits and evaluations
- Take the time to put myself back on track when I veer off in a story. It’ll save me headaches later and I might stay motivated enough to keep going.
#ROW80 update: Month’s Summary
- Private Cowboy was written, edited, polished and submitted
- Thunder and Roses edits came back to me from the beta readers. I spent five days on those before writing up the synopsis and submitting the novel for publication.
- Spirit Lake is one click away from the dead wip file. I’m so frustrated with it, I don’t know what to do. I thought I had a break through, but was completely wrong. I think I’m going to set it aside for a week or two and see what else I can do with it.
- Voodoo Carnival is trudging slowly. I’m still happy with it and completely ready to keep moving forward.
- The Collector was one I expected to be done earlier in the week. I didn’t plan on my total exhaustion or the insanity of the middle of summer vacation circus my home has become.
Still wishing I would have set my word count goal at 30k. While I know I can change it on the CampNaNo site, I won’t. Stubborn, I know, but I figure doctoring it up to make me feel better will just give me a reason to do again. No bueno.
Goals for August
- Submit The Collector by August 1st
- Finish and Submit Voodoo Carnival by August 5th
- Work on the super secret pulp fiction project (goal is 20k by August 31st)
- Submit Feral Hunger by August 31st
- Work on chapter one for Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest.
- Polish up (and update) a novella I wrote back in 2008. Submit it for publication as soon as it’s ready.
That’s FOUR submissions for August. Wowza. Granted, one will be done tomorrow, and two of them are already written, but still…
Expected non-writing moments for August
- My anniversary with SuperChef on August 1st!
- Back to school shopping, prep, and first week jitters
- Frantic need for children to live life on the edge until school begins again
- Potential visit from Gamma
- Birthdays for Lil B and Gamma
Expected bonuses for August
- When the kids go back to school I can write during the day
- Better concentration (fingers crossed) since I’ll already have book submissions in the queue
Well, that’s it how I did for Camp, what happened in July, and what I have planned for August. I hope you found it entertaining.
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