Camp NaNo Update #1

by - April 08, 2017

Hey, everybody. Faith here. I'm back. Yay. *confetti*

I have a small announcement, which is:

I may not be completing The Wacky Factor this April. Instead, I may move to editing my dystopia, Watched, and trying to finish Book 1 of the Pentegreen Series.
My reasons for this are threefold. Here they are:

1. It's very personal.

The story of The Wacky Factor is based on my experiences in the last few months. I've been changing details so that it's not entirely me, but I don't know that I'm ready for the world to know what's been happening in my life.

2. It's a fresh experience.

Writing this down is opening things back up that I didn't allow myself to feel at the time that they happened. It's very painful and very hard. And it also happened very recently. So it may be good - part of the healing process - but I don't think I can handle it right now.

3. I'm just more excited about editing Watched.

I went into Camp this year thinking, "Maybe I should edit the first draft of Watched for this month. I mean, I've been wanting to do that."
But that I decided to write The Wacky Factor instead. And I think that was a mistake. I want to work to make Watched the best book it can be. I want to be published, and I think that that book is in a unique genre that compels me to finish it and makes me want to get it to other people. And I have a million ideas on how to make it better.

I've felt bored with stories before. But I would push on and write them even if I wasn't interested in them at the moment. This is different, and I think it's healthier for me to not write The Wacky Factor right now.

So there you have it: my reasons for not finishing The Wacky Factor this month like I said I was going to. I may not win NaNo this month, and that's okay. I've made my peace with it.
Sorry this is a short post, but it covers what I'm feeling right now. And, if you don't mind, prayers would be greatly appreciated :)
Stay tuned for Watched updates!

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  1. Aw, Faith *all the hugs*. I've been having a really hard time with my NaNo novel, too, so I totally get you. And I'm glad you're making the best decision for yourself and your story! I always have to be hit over the head really hard before I realize that what I'm writing isn't the best for me at the moment, so I'm glad you were able to realize that so soon ;). And I'm so excited that you'll be writing Watched! That story sounds SO AMAZING, I'm excited to see how that turns out for you!

    Best of luck with week two of Camp NaNoWriMo - I'll be praying ;).

    ~ Savannah

    1. Thanks, Savannah. I'm happy that I realized this so soon. And now I can really get to work on my first real editing project :)
      Thanks for the prayer. Good luck to you, too - I can't wait to read Killing Snow.

  2. That's so hard! I'm sorry.
    Watched sounds awesome, though. Have fun!

  3. It's difficult to put a story aside, but in this case I think it's the right choice. I hope you have an excellent Camp NaNoWriMo with whichever story you work with!

    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Blue! I will, thanks. :)

  4. I will definitely be praying for you! And the import thing isn't that you win, it's that you just move forward. Even if that's a little bit, even if it is three words.

    I too am having a tough time with my NaNo novel. It is needing a lot of rearranging and work that I'm not quite sure how to finagle yet.

    1. Amen. Good luck with your novel, I hope you can get it done soon :)

  5. I think it's very brave that you decided to switch stories over instead of pushing yourself to do something unhealthy. It does sound like The Wacky Factor may be better done slowly and later, not during something as crazy as Camp NaNo.

    You've made a wise decision for yourself and your stories. I'm so sorry things have been tough though! Of course I'll pray for you. <3

    1. I think you may be right. Or, at the very least, I may need to just wait a little while while I mentally process before trying to write down the experiences.
      Thank you so much, Christine. *hugs*

  6. Slow and Steady is how good stories are created. Don't worry if you leave this little story for a little while. Let it grow up before pushing it out into the world.


  7. If 'The Wacky Factor' and you need more time, then that's what you gotta do! ;) (Besides, 'Watched' sounds really cool too.)

  8. Good luck with your change in project! I think it's always a good idea to follow where the inspiration leads too. 🎉🎉 I hope the editing goes well!!

    1. Thanks, Cait. That's always true - when the plot bunnies attack, I cannot help following them. They take no prisoners. :P


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