A Scary Camp[NaNoWriMo]fire Story

Gather ’round for a story that will chill you to your writerly bones…

Once upon a time, there was a girl who wrote a story “just for fun”. She barely knew what it was about, and she didn’t stop to think it through. Instead she just wrote.

As the years passed, the importance of that story grew, and so did its plague upon her life. For the story still didn’t know what it was about, and neither did its writer.

A day finally came when in desperation, the writer asked the help of a friend who gave her some clues about how to straighten it out.

So she began. And she spent all today splitting and scrambling chapters, sniffing out typos, and drawing out the theme. She didn’t write one word of the brand new story swirling about her brain. No, for the haunt of a deadline was upon her, and the chapters must be mended!

Listen, dear children, and fear the effects of mindless writing without purpose or plan.

Okay, it might not actually be that spooky, but I am in the messy throes of a structural edit with a previous project, and it’s really reminding me of the wisdom of at least a vague plan. XD #sendhelp #prayersplease #chocolateisgoodtoo

If you want my tips on a quick and simple way to plot a story, check out this guest post I wrote last year.

How is your writing (or other life projects) going today? Are you a plotter, pantser, or plantser?


9 thoughts on “A Scary Camp[NaNoWriMo]fire Story

  1. Hey Kate! I follow your sistersโ€™ blogs and finally ended up on yours, and I love the way yโ€™all write! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I donโ€™t have time to do Camp NaNo this April but I really want to sometime and I love following others doing it!
    I think Iโ€™m a bit of a plantser. I just write whatever sceneโ€™s in my head and the story develops as I write, but I do have a bit of idea of what Iโ€™m doing. For my current WIP I have a list of major scenes that pretty much makes it sound like a cheesy Hallmark, so I tend to depend more on my mental lists and spur-of-the-moment ideas!! XD
    As for a purpose or plan, I do know that, haha! I just donโ€™t really plot out my scenes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Hi Kassie! Nice to meet you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Aw, that’s super fun! Maybe you can join the July session sometime.

      Nice! Ha, ha! Don’t books sound so funny when you try to boil them down? It’s like, I promise this is actually a cool story, I just can’t explain how. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love being able to add in spur-of-the-moment things. Sounds like you’ve got a good system down for yourself. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. *Hands you a giant chocolate bar* *wonder if you can send virtual chocolate*
    Plotter, most definately. Obsessively so.
    Like, I can’t write a word without a plot. I envy you people who can ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Yay!!! High five. ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I actually got it from NaNoWriMo, I think?) Thanks so much!!! I actually sent it beta-readers on Saturday, so I’m that much closer. ๐Ÿ˜€

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