Camp is my bitch

by Julie Frayn on September 13, 2012 in  Writing

Well, I got to the end of Camp NaNoWriMo and met all of my goals. And of course, met the big goal, the one I didn’t think I could meet during a normal month, let alone the month after receiving soul crushing news.

By getting to the end of camp and making the goal of 50,000 words, or in my case 52,012, I officially claim Camp to be my bitch. I tamed that mother. Oh, and I am officially THE WINNER!

I win! I win!

Okay, I’m A winner. One of 1,477 out of more than 12,800 folks who made the attempt. Gotta say, being in the 89th percentile feels pretty darned good. Kind of like grade school all over again. Only at Camp I’m not a social pariah or called teacher’s pet and nerd girl for succeeding. Take that you bullies! Last laugh is mine.

I now have 210 pages of a story that didn’t exist on July 31 except as a vague idea in my head. More than 1650 words a day, every day. After my first pass at editing I was surprised to discover it’s pretty decent. Characters are well fleshed out, all dialogue is in quotation marks, the writing is chronological. I only skipped ahead once when I got stuck.

If only I could figure out what to call it. My stories usually stem from a title. This time the title eludes me completely. Maybe just the two main characters’ names ala Kate & Leopold, Alex & Emma, Romeo & Juliet?

Finn and Jemima. Nah – sounds like a fish pancake.

There’s still more to write before this story is ready for beta reading. Another 15,000 words or so I’d estimate. With a little luck and some new goals, I can get that done before November comes along and it starts all over again. At least this time I’ve got the title figured out.

NaNoWriMo, I’m coming to make you bitch number two! Hold onto your fountain pens.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Miranda Gargasz September 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

So sorry to hear about your sister. I am hoping for a miracle for you both…………

Congrats on making camp your bitch! That’s great news!


Julie September 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Thanks Miranda. On both counts! I don’t believe in miracles, but any positive thoughts from anyone of any faith (or lack thereof, or those questioning same) are very, very welcome. :)

Carolyn September 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

You’ve always been a winner silly.
much love…


Julie September 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm

You have to say that. But I like it anyway. Much love back. LLL J

Mike Schulenberg September 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Congrats on meeting your writing goals…that’s huge and cool :)

I’m sorry to hear about your sister. I’ll definitely be sending positive thoughts your way.


Julie September 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Thanks Mike. I appreciate all of that.

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