Camp NaNoWriMo: Race to 20K

 

This has really become a challenge. I’m currently at 5500 words. I am writing every night (instead of writing for this blog…) and can’t seem to get past the amount of words that I SHOULD be writing every day.
I don’t know how I expected to do NaNoWriMo, if 20K is becoming such a challenge.
You would think its because my story is becoming difficult to continue? No.
Writer’s Block? No.
I have an issue with not editing, but it is part of my problem that I cannot finish a story so I keep repeating myself NOT to edit or REWRITE scenes because I’ll use it as a way not to finish this story again.

Anyway, I found this video on YouTube. I’ve actually thought or said half of these…

 

Am I Crazy? How do you Write?

New Month!  Camp NaNoWriMo has begun. New Story, write and leave nothing unfinished.

I wanted to write this because I’ve always wondered if I’m just going nuts when I write or if it happens to others when they write as well. When I am in the process of writing a scene or conversation between characters I always have to “act out” the scene I’m writing before I can continue. I feel that when you hear your words out loud, you can hear if the dialogue is sounding too much like you or if it’s being too forced. I mean I fully act out every character I’m writing in order to picture the scene. I always think I’m a little crazy for doing this. Do you have some quirk when you write?

One of my first unfinished stories was about a murder. Instead of finishing the story I decided it would be fun to rewrite it over and over. I haven’t touched it in over a year. This was the first time I realized I needed to act out scenes because when you write that climatic scene the charm is in the detail, right? I remember I had to place pillows in the middle of my room (the body) and as if I knew what I was doing I placed an “X” where one character found the other being framed. I also realized it helped me with dialogue, but then again…no one has actually read anything I’ve ever written. I could have the worst forced dialogue and not even know it.

In honor of Camp NaNoWriMo…here’s an excerpt of version 350 of the scene described above. I’ve rewritten this story countless times and the plot is never good enough. I like to thicken plots so I don’t even know how to fix them.

“Downstairs they had cleaned the situation, and Valdez went towards Ryan and put his fingerprints over the knife. They don’t let Emily see what’s been staged. They drive her a few blocks away and make her call the police to report a murder in Scott’s house. She’s scared but she does it, unknowingly Dan was already on his way, he had tried to call Scott to say he was going to be late- but no one had answered his calls.

He walks into Ryan covered in blood waking up, Scotts body on the floor and the knife in the scene. Ryan is confused of what happened and Dan reacts badly to this scene.

“What have you done?” Dan is feeling disgusted but goes in his normal react first mode.

Ryan is confused and looks around to realize what had happened, he “has to play along” and this is exactly what Valdez meant. “

 

Camp Nanowrimo

One of my favorite hobbies is to write (duh, that’s why I made a blog). I’m not the greatest writer, but I love it. I’ve always had an issue with finishing stories, I have one specific story that I have rewritten probably more than 8 times. If I don’t finish it, I write a rushed ending that I’m aware sucks. Also, I want to write a comedy- it is wicked hard.

I found out about Nanowrimo through a Vlogbrothers YouTube video and last year I attempted to do it. I failed with 4025 words out of 50 000.

Then, I found out about Camp Nanowrimo. Why should we wait until November to write? It is such a brilliant idea, have a warm up before you go into November. You set your own word goal; you can use a previous unfinished work and you get to have a warm- up Nanowrimo experience. I’m definitely geeking out about trying this out come July and had to write about it.

I’m setting two simple goals, and hoping to accomplish at least one:

1)     20 000 Words.

2)     Actually finish the story.

What Makes a Comedy Good?

Inspiration for this came because I’m having the hardest time attempting to write a comedy story. This genre is turning out to be difficult. Also, the other night I watched Movie 43 and was wicked upset I spent the money renting it. (Did someone actually like this movie?) These things made me question what makes a comedy good? And how is it that there are some things that make some people laugh and others not?

Some people think that it’s because they are more mature or they are at a intellectual level that some things aren’t funny anymore. I’ve met people who don’t even want to watch a clip of something silly. “It’s going to ruin my brain…” or “God, how can you laugh at that?”

It honestly puzzles me because then what does that say about me? I’m the type of person who will watch the Colbert Report and laugh or some political/social comedy and laugh at that too, but I’m also the type of person that will laugh at Jackass or any silly comedy. I don’t mind if a movie is crass or if it crosses any of those socially accepted lines.  As long as it still has some good qualities into it too. So, I’m stupid and mature or smart and immature- right?

Comedy also puzzles me because there are some instances where they cross every single line that it creates a new level of crass humor that you feel like you don’t know what you just watched. This would be me after watching Movie 43 (Oh Hugh Jackman…if you haven’t seen the movie, look up a picture of him in this movie).  I knew it was a stupid movie to begin with, but there was so much potential for a silly mindless entertaining movie and they ruined it.

Alright- humor. It is hard to write something that may make everyone laugh. Does that mean that we have to criticize what makes some people laugh and others don’t?  How can you find the midway between writing or producing something that is funny and also something that is still good?