So, I pretty much spoiled it, yeah? I won camp. I wrote over 15,000 words, which was my goal—aka 500 words a day, and I was reminded of a few things about my writing process.
Mostly, I learned that I have no idea what I’m doing at any given moment. I mean, I like to think we’re all in that boat, so if it’s not true, don’t burst my bubble.
Essentially, as much as I want to plot and plan a story, I am ultimately a pantser. I also have to follow my story chronologically, even when other characters are screaming in my head.
No, it’s not your turn. You have to wait.
Why? Because what happens before you affects her time with you! Now, calm your ass.
I sound like a crazy person, right?
My husband recently read an article that described how authors described their interactions with their craft and their characters. Some of us “hear” our characters. Some of us “lose control” of our characters.
And some of us, experience our characters.
I’ve done all three. But most of the time, I hear them…like a schizophrenic. They have their own minds, and I wonder how crazy that makes me.
The funny thing about this is, as loud as Thunder and Torrent—my first and third male protagonists—were, North—male protagonist number two—was silent until I dropped into his perspective. Then, wham, his personality hit me like a battering ram.
Why? Because he’s quiet and polite and knows how to wait his turn!
I’ve rather rambled in an odd direction, haven’t I?
Okay. So what camp reminded me of most importantly was how much love I have for writing and creating and how much fun it can be when I don’t take it too seriously.
I plan to continue writing in this fun, erotic set of stories for May as I learn to re-outline and plan my sequel to the Graves series. It’s going to be a lot of work, so it’s nice to have Wooing the Alpha to keep me sane.
Want to see my process? Watch my Camp Nano vlogs here:
What have you been writing in April? Do you have plans for May? Let me know in the comments below!