It’s April 15, and Camp NaNoWriMo is at the halfway point. I’m happy to say that my WIP is going well, and that I’m over my word count target! Overall, I’m happy with what I’ve written so far, although there are already things that will need to go back and fix.
Also, as of today, I have earned a reward for hitting my second word count goal. I will be ordering myself a writerly t-shirt, which will join my first earned reward, a writerly coffee mug. I’m a big believer in treating myself, and making milestone reward targets keep me motivated!
If a story is in you, it has got to come out.
I’ve been preparing this month for Camp NaNoWriMo, which begins on April 1. On Instagram, I have been participating in a prep challenge, and because it’s getting down to the wire, yesterday’s challenge was to prep your writing space. I was glad for that, because mine needed it. Not only did I tidy up the area, but I dusted my desk and put new writing inspiration on my cork board. I kinda love my little writing corner, and now it’s Camp NaNoWriMo ready!
Today’s prep mission was to do a word sprint practice. I fired up Scrivener (an excellent writing app) and picked a scene to write. On my phone, I pulled up my favorite writing music and set the timer for 25 minutes. My inner editor did get in the way a bit (I really need to work on keeping her quiet!), but I did write the entire scene. 551 words! And I don’t totally hate it! I’d call that a successful word sprint practice.
I hope this bodes well for my Camp NaNoWriMo project!
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt~
Inspiration can come from anywhere. A news headline, a photograph, or an experience we go through. Everything and anything is a potential source of inspiration.
Case in point, a couple of weeks ago when I was watching Pretty In Pink for the 736th time, I had an “aha” moment. I thought to myself, what would happen if Andie were rich and Blane were poor? Then I thought, what if it took place in a modern-day small town? I asked myself a couple more “what if” questions, then I had the idea to try and write a reimagining of this fantastic movie, one of my all-time favorites. As writers, we’re always told to ask, “what if?” If we do, then we are assured never-ending inspiration.
The next morning, I picked out a notebook and started making notes on this potential story. There are many things I need to flesh out, contemplate, and commiserate over, but I think there could be something to this idea.
Camp NaNoWriMo begins April 1, so I’m taking the month of March to prepare to write this book. I’m excited not only to see where this story might go, but also because I’ve always wanted to take something that I love and put my own spin on it!
Lesson learned: I need to keep my eyes and ears open and always ask “what if?”
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
~Pride and Prejudice~
This handsome fella is Max, my rescue dog. He is a Siberian Husky/German Shepherd mix and will be two years old in July.
His favorite activities are chasing his tail and shredding paper. Max has one amber colored eye and one that is blue, and he has his own Twitter account. Another interesting fact about Max is this: he chose his name the day we brought him home! As a family, we couldn’t agree on a name, so we left the decision to him.
Max is also loved more than I can say.
I can, however, say this with absolute confidence: Max is the craziest dog I have ever known. In less than two years, I already have so many little anecdotes and stories I could tell, and they’re all hysterical. But I don’t have all day to type them up here! And who knows, maybe down the road I will get inspired again to write another book, and I may need those stories then.
Oops, I got ahead of myself there.
You see, Max was the real-life inspiration for my book, A Puppy Bucket List. Within a week of adopting him, the idea for the book popped into my head, and I started jotting things down in a notebook. When I was ready to start the actual writing, I had those handy notes to look back on, even if I couldn’t read most of my own handwriting!
The book is based on a real dog. Some things in the book did really happen, and some are made up. Max is a dog and will never know there is a book inspired by him, but I know. I also know now that inspiration can come from anywhere. When I set out to adopt a rescue dog, I didn’t think a book would come out of that experience. In fact, I never thought that anything in my real life would inspire a book. From now on, I will keep my eyes and my mind open to more of those possibilities!