Camp NaNo 2019: Introduction to My Daily Entries

camp nanowrimo introduction to my novel

This month I’m going to be trying something a little different. I thought it might be fun to attempt daily “vlogs” (but on my blog. Yes, I know it’s confusing and ironic) about my process during this Camp NaNoWriMo session. I would like to create a daily entry about how my writing is going, what I am struggling with, what is going well, what isn’t working for my writing process, etc. Then I will curate each of these entries into a blog post at the end of each week.

Each week I will post about how each day in that week went. I will try to include fun things like my concept art for my characters, my mock cover, and a map of the world I’m creating for this novel, as well as snippets of the story, drawings, and my slow-growing index card outline.

The purpose of this daily entry-style post will hopefully serve as an encouragement to my fellow writers going through Camp NaNoWriMo, but I also hope that it will provide inspiration for writers who haven’t yet decided if they are wanting to participate in the joy that is NaNoWriMo. Another result of this type of post is a chance to get a really close up and personal look at how I go about the process of writing a novel.

To start off the month, I thought it would be fun to introduce my project a little bit.

Title: Issac Normal and His Journey Past the End of the World

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure, a sequel to my first Issac Normal adventure.

Word Goal: 40,000 words

Comp Books: Think the whimsical adventure of C.S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, combined with the loyal friendships and complex internal worlds present in Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society.

Key features: It’s mainly a seafaring adventure (just my favourite kind of adventure) so expect pirates, sea monsters, and merfolk, and the adventures associated with reaching the edge of the world. There’s a bit of an Indiana Jones feel to it as well.

Themes: It’s a story about the nature of creation. While I write I’ll be grappling with how, being created in the Image of God, I am able to create, and how my own creations, my characters, are able to create. This will be all scoped by thinking about the implications of living (and my characters living) in a fallen world, and thus, despite our best intentions, inevitably creating a flawed world. I want to look at the complexity of creation through the eyes of a young boy who just wants his best friend back.

One Sentence Premise: Returning to Fantazie to restore his best friend’s Colour, with the help of the crew of the Merry Wanderer, Issac races across the endless sea to the edge of the world in order to retrieve the legendary Creator’s Paintbrush before the water-breathing Daryan’s and their mysterious hooded leader take control of the brush and all of Fantazie with it.

And that concludes my first Camp NaNo 2019 entry! I’ll be writing my novel and my daily entries to share more with you about my writing process in the weeks to come!

Are you writing a Camp novel this month? Tell me a bit about it in the comments.

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