No, I Didn’t Chicken Out — A Late-ish Update (+ My Camp NaNo Project)

So, it’s the second week of March. It’s been so long since I was here that WordPress’ UI changed, and that I’ve been kicking myself for not posting anything. But it’s ok. I was kind of sick for a few days; I was busy as hell (still am, but I have decided to ignore my work because everyone needs to procrastinate a break every once in a while); briefly went down the MBTI hole, as I do on a semi-regular basis; and last week I still hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do for Camp NaNo. If I had written an update, it would have been just me navel gazing and complaining and honestly it wouldn’t have been fun for anyone, including me.

Anyway, this post comes not only from a sense of personal responsibility, but also because I actually did, finally, figure out my project for Camp NaNo. Yay, happy dance!

Basically, this idea is based off something I started last year, and that has probably since then been lost due to my last computer dying and because I suck at making backups of yWriter files (or files in general, really). I do think I still have it, though, somewhere in my email exchanges with my sister, but, to be honest, and in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a lazy fuck. Plus, I think it’s really better to start this one from scratch to create a more extensive story, and I still have the basic concepts in my mind, so it’s really not bad.

As for the reasons I chose this project, it comes down to the fact that, right now, what I really want to do is write something fun. Something focused on various characters, not just one, and their struggles and growth. Something that analyzes, that will make me think. Something about people and the world and how they’re simultaneously wonderful and awful.

So, why not go ahead and tick off some of the steps of the Snowflake Method, shall we?

Step 1– One Sentence Summary

This one is kind of tough, because there’s going to be a lot going on in the story, including in the way I’m planning on telling it (a sort of mix between epistolary through electronic means, and narrative). In fact, from this one sentence, it sounds kind of boring.

Oh, look at me overthinking. Cut the crap and just do it, will ya?

My story, in its most concise and simple terms:

A group of friends’ last months before College and Adulthood.

Sounds cool? Let’s keep going.

Step 2– One Paragraph Summary

This one took a little longer, because I didn’t have a clear idea of where I wanted to go. This is also not 100% like what it’s described in the Snowflake Method page, since this story is focused on the actions of several people and what happens to them. The sentences below correspond to the main conflict of each character, and roughly to their position in the plot (Sabrina starts in Act 1, Sonya and Nate’s in mid-Act 2, and Tod’s in the end of Act 2). This will, of course, be expanded on as planning continues, since each of these plot points will have their own acts.

Five long-time friends are about to finish highschool, and Chad creates a chat group to keep in touch after they all move on. Sabrina, a high achiever, risks losing her scholarships and advanced program after a violent conflict with a member of their school’s staff. Sonya and Nate, half-siblings, are punished when they fight against their family’s expectations and strictness in order to pursue their own choices. Tod discovers he has feelings for Chad, and struggles with them as he finds out he will be moving overseas with his family. In the end, Sabrina is able to win the criminal case set against her and keeps one of her scholarships; Sonya and Nate return home and their family support them the best it can; and Chad, unsure of his own feelings, convinces Tod that he shouldn’t give up on the chance to pursue his dream carreer because of him, and they promise to remain close friends, at least for now.

Writing this paragraph has led me to have a good idea of the story, even if it’s not exactly what the Snowflake Method details. Remember: you can, and should, adapt the planning and structures to your story, they’re just guidance.

This is all for today, hopefully I will be able to complete the rest throughout the month. For things to be easier to follow as I advance and modify the story, I’m creating a new page here on the blog dedicated to the project. It will also have links to resources that I will use throughout the planning process and, later, during the writing and editing processes.