Writing Update: Camp NaNoWriMo and Editing19:00
What is this? A writing update? It has been rather a while since I posted one of these. Seeing as this month is Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m doing rather a lot of writing (well, editing) at the moment, I thought that this might be the perfect time to post an update on what I’m doing writing-wise, how I’m doing, and what I’m planning on doing in the future. Seeing as how there’s progress being made and all.
First things first, as I said, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. This time round though, I’m editing a book rather than drafting a new one. Look at me being all responsible over here. I’m really missing the rush of drafting a new book or two during the NaNo craziness, but I’ve got more than enough books that need editing at the moment. The last thing I need is to be writing a new one. November now, now that’s a different story…
Anyway, for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m continuing my edit of my sci-fi/superhero-ish/retelling novel Snow in the vague hope of actually completing the draft this month. If you’re not familiar with this project, here’s a quick synopsis to catch you up:
Eric: A mutant and the step-son of a mutant, all he wants is to survive in a world that thinks mutants need to have their abilities registered for their own ‘good’ and refuses to let him choose his own path.
Nicola: Tough government agent and mutant with a useless gift. All she wants is to prove to the doubters that she and her fellow teenaged agents are the equals of any adult team.
When Eric’s step-father, Hector, takes matters into his own hands in an attempt to stop the mutant registration laws in ways that border on terrorism, Eric and Nicola are thrown together in the desperate fight to stop him. But Eric can’t trust anyone, and time is running out. Nicola and Eric must get past their differences and work together before Hector's plans prove fatal.
Considering I’ve made more progress in one week of Camp NaNoWriMo than I did in an entire month beforehand, I think this method of motivation is working quite well.
How is the editing going exactly? Up and down, that’s how. On one hand, I’m getting a lot of words edited. My Camp average stands at 3,000-ish words a day, which, considering I’m editing and I find that WAY harder than drafting, I’m quite pleased with. However, in those words I’ve had to do a LOT of fixing of problems. Such as a massive plot hole that saw me go all the way back to chapter 2 and restructure most of the book. *sigh* Why must my characters be smart enough to uncover holes in the plot? So that’s been a bit frustrating.
At the same time though, I’m cautiously optimistic about this draft. I’ve put a lot of time and thought into this draft, trying to iron out the worst of the plot problems. And, for the most part, I think it’s turning out pretty well. Which is great, because one of the things I want to do when I’ve finished this draft is find some beta readers to give me some feedback. Well, let’s rephrase that actually. I think I SHOULD find some, because I could really use another few pairs of eyes. But I’m terrified at the same time. I don’t know how anyone ever manages to give a FIRST draft to their betas.
But anyway, that aside, I need some words of wisdom here. Does anyone have any advice for working with beta readers? How have you found yours? Any good resources I could look at? Questionnaires or no? I need all the help I can get here. Any advice would be really appreciated.
So that’s where I’m at with my writing at the moment. What are you writing at the moment? Are you taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo? Where in the writing process are you? Does the thought of giving a book to betas fill you with as much as fear as it does me? Any advice for me?