Camp NaNo 2015 — Week Three Check In

We’re at the halfway mark for the month. Are you halfway through your goals?

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I’m not! As usual, I found my steam petering out about two weeks in. That seems to be a common reaction — Chris Batty devotes an entire chapter in his No Plot? No Problem! NaNo writing book to the third week slump.  I’m psyching myself up to power past the hump.

Are you hitting the mid-month wall too? What are your strategies for getting past it? You can do it! I believe in you!

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Need a prompt to get you moving? Try this one. (Alternatively, please write a brief story about how a human, penguin, and — maybe a rabbit? I think that’s a rabbit — ended up on the same cheerleading squad.):

Your character meets someone on an online dating site. Your character writes an e-mail to the person, describing him/herself. Write the e-mail. This e-mail contains two lies. What are they? Why did the character tell them? Also: your character has a very mistaken idea of the impression he/she makes on other people. What impression does your character think he/she makes? What impression does he/she really make? Figure all this stuff out. If you want, fill out a character profile. The character arranges an in-person meeting with the person he/she has met online. What happens at the meeting? Write the story.

-via Creative Writing Now

By [E] Slay Belle

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2 replies on “Camp NaNo 2015 — Week Three Check In”

I knew going into it that I wasn’t going to get much done and then I got hit with strep throat during the first week. But I set a pretty low goal with a specific project in mind, so I may be able to get it done with just two weeks left.

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