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CampNaNoWriMo and a New WIP

So, I’ve decided to participate in CampNaNoWriMo this year. If you’d like to join me I have a private cabin. I’ll be starting writing the sequel to The Jeweled Dagger and could definitely use your encouragement.

If the whole camping thing isn’t for you, no worries! I could also use some writing sprint buddies. I’m really pretty flexible on my schedule (I go nowhere and do nothing) aside from taking care of the nerdlings I’m open to writing most anytime of the day. Just message me and let me know if you’d like to join me.

I’m brohne on the camp website and sorrows fall on Skype if you’d like to add me.

I’ve been working on the synopsis and outline for the Daggers of Ariyon since min-January. I finished inputting all the major plot points into Aeon Timeline the other day. It looks like this right now:

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Er … don’t squint too hard you might spoil yourself. The nice thing about Aeon is that you can export it into Scrivener as an opml and all your notes will transfer over too. This comes in really handy if you forget things like I do.

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It’s all there, nice and neat, with dates, times, and characters and this level of organization is starting tofreakmeout.

I’m a pantser at heart … I swear. But when your plots require multi-level planning organization is a must. I’m a masochist, I love complicated plots with multiple layers and characters but holy shit can it be migraine inducing if you don’t keep good notes.

Even as great as the tools are sometimes it helps to have a little more concise representation of the storyline. That’s why I’m in love with One Stop For Writer’s new Story Map Feature. I’m not finished filling out my map yet but this is what the initial set up looks like:

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Refreshingly uncomplicated and incredibly helpful, I can see at a glance where I am in the plot and if my timeline isn’t helpful then knowing what plot point needs to come next can get me writing again.

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If you haven’t subscribed to OneStopForWriters.com  I highly recommend it. They are adding amazing new features and I know I personally rarely ever close its tab.

I do hope you’ll join me in April fpr CampNaNo if you can. I look forward to hearing about everyone’s stories and how you each approach planning and writing.

9 thoughts on “CampNaNoWriMo and a New WIP

  1. Hi Bran, thanks for this I’d forgotten the CampNano. It’s funny how I had decided *not* to do it (much like the normal Nano last November) and then I went and started a new project yesterday (book 2 of a trilogy – I think). I’d love to join you but the caveat is that I’m at the other side of the Atlantic (UK) and hours may not be matching? Anyway, I’ll go and join at the CampNano site and add you on Skype, if that’s okay. Your book is on my To-Read list, I hope to get to it soon.

    Oh and yes, one stop for writers is awesome. I am a subscriber and loving it.

    1. I’m thrilled to have you join me Aura! And don’t worry about the time differences, my best friend lives in the UK so I’m very familiar with working around that. I invited you to the cabin and looking now I see you’ve already accepted and replied. Wonderful! Urban fantasy sounds like tons of fun!

  2. I’m doing the camp this year, I’m rewriting a free story for publication and adding lots of words to fill it out into a novel.

    My camp name is Caz Pedroso if you or anyone is interested in adding me, all friends welcome.

    Sorry, I don’t use skype, but am always around to answer messages and chat.

    1. I haven’t done camp in a while so I’m unfamiliar with the invite process, so if my invite will result in you getting dragged out of your cabin, feel free to invite me instead to yours.

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