The Finish Line

Well, it’s the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I have met my goal of 40,000 words! I’m am now officially a 2016 Camp Winner!

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To everyone who participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, good job! No matter what your final word count was, you made the effort to write something this month, and to me, that makes it a success whether or not you met your goal. So pat yourself on the back and eat some ice cream.

Now, back to me because you know you all want to read about me instead of anyone else. So, after Camp, I have 40,518 words under my belt (well, 40,396 according to the validated count) but Cryonic isn’t anywhere near being done. Since it’s supposed to be of epic size when it is done, I’m thinking I’ll have a goal of 200,000 words, by far the longest novel I’ll have ever written. That means I’m only about 20% of the way there.

I’ve learned while writing Cryonic though, about what exactly is going to happen to my characters. A whole bunch of new minor characters popped up (and out of those, I may have killed about a fourth of them? okay not that many, but still) and I’m getting more in depth with the plot.

However, I’m kind of putting the draft of Cryonic away for a little while, ish. I’ll still be working on it occasionally, but I want to work on revising (well, rewriting) the first book in the series, Enhanced. (Cryonic is the second book in the epic sci-fi series.)

I finished Enhanced last October, and ever since then I’ve been thinking about revising/rewriting it, so I think that’s what I’m going to be doing next. There’s a lot that has to be done before I start though, including research, and, best of all, WORLD BUILDING.

Okay, maybe I’m really weird and crazy, but I love world building. Both for my own novels, and hearing other people’s world building ideas and how their societies work. I just find it all super fascinating for some reason, especially the religions. So I’m super excited for this next little bit in the process!

So what kind of posts will I be giving to you during the next few months? World building, character/plot development, revisions once I get to it, a special research project, and maybe a post about writing realistic prophecies. (I know, that has nothing to do with anything I’m working on, but still. I think it sounds awesome.) And of course, random ramblings about stuff.

So yeah, there’s your mostly meaningless post and update on stuffs. 😀

How did Camp NaNoWriMo go for all of you who did it? Did you meet your goal? Did you finish your novel/project, or do you still need more time? What is everyone planning on doing in May and the coming months (either writing-wise or otherwise)? Are you excited for summer? (I am–school will be out!)

15 thoughts on “The Finish Line

  1. Kellyn Roth May 2, 2016 / 11:07 AM

    As you may know, I’ve barely done anything this month. Well, to be fair to myself, I wrote about 7000 words of Ivy Introspective, and then I planned and wrote a little of Caught in a Spell, and I wrote about 6000 words of The Lady of the Vineyard. So not a total loss … but still as loss. XD

    And I swear I’m going to finish IvIn and The Lady of the Vineyard by the end of May if it’s the last thing I do …


    • Lana May 2, 2016 / 10:22 PM

      That’s over 13,000 words! I think that’s pretty good, hehe.

      Good goal! I shall cheer you on by telling you to write: GO WRITE. NOW.

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      • Kellyn Roth May 3, 2016 / 10:12 AM

        YOU TOO!!!

        But …….. I have to read Gone with the Wind for my book club. *makes other lame excuses*


      • Lana May 7, 2016 / 9:28 AM

        Didn’t you say you’d read that 3 times already? You have no excuses.

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      • Kellyn Roth May 7, 2016 / 1:43 PM

        Yeah … this is the 4th time. But it’s for a book club this time! 😀


      • Lana May 7, 2016 / 10:07 PM

        Oh, so that makes it more important than writing, huh? 🙂

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      • Kellyn Roth May 8, 2016 / 8:03 PM

        Yeah …. (not)


      • Kellyn Roth May 14, 2016 / 5:52 PM

        Mm-hmm. XD


  2. Scatterbrained Seamstress May 2, 2016 / 9:02 PM

    I too completed camp nano :). Are you planning to participate in July again?


    • Lana May 2, 2016 / 10:18 PM


      Yay, good job! And yup, I am. I’m not sure what I’ll be writing yet, though. What about you?

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      • Scatterbrained Seamstress May 3, 2016 / 2:46 PM

        I’ll probably be continuing writing Masked Intent. Meh.


      • Lana May 7, 2016 / 9:23 AM

        Ooh, fun! How much more of the actual story do you have to write/how many words do you think it’ll take to finish?

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      • Scatterbrained Seamstress May 8, 2016 / 4:14 PM

        Oh its nowhere NEAR done at 11,000 words. I feel like I just finished the inciting incident, and I kind of have. I don’t know when exactly I’ll finish, but I’m hoping to finish the actually writing by Nano, and if I’m not done, to finish as my nano project. I just feel the plot hasn’t really started yet, more like the rising action has just begun, which I hope is okay for 11,000 words/four or five chapters.


      • Lana May 14, 2016 / 5:40 PM

        I’ve heard that you’re inciting incident should happen at around 10% of your final word count, give or take a little. But some stories start off really fast and some are slower and it’s kind of fluid.

        Good luck with finishing it, also! We shall have to do some word wars sometime…

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