So it’s July, and with July always comes Camp Nanowrimo!! If you don’t know, Camp Nanowrimo is basically a more chill version of Nanowrimo where you get to choose your own goal (minutes, words, pages, etc). It’s a summer tradition for me to participate in July; this is my fourth year doing so. If you remember from my last writing update, I’m working on ‘Summer Novel’. I’ve come up with a 50-word synopsis that took me about two days to nail down:
“Zinnia Thomas’ summer is dedicated to getting scouted for a volleyball scholarship, but her sister, Camellia, has different plans: an open road summer full of sisterly bonding. Life’s plans send Zi’s summer for a nosedive, but she might find out that an open road just needs an open heart.”
Let me know what you all think of the synopsis, and if anyone has any ideas for titles definitely leave them in the comments.
Right now, these are the titles that I have to work with that I’ve gotten from friends:
- Travels to Nowhere is the Best Definition
- I like the concept, but it seems really wordy and kind of confusing
- The Road We Took Together
- Sounds a bit boring
- Summer Plans Flutter Out The Car Window
- I like this one the most, but it sounds like it’d be the title of a song by The 1975.
- Summer Destination: Nowhere
- Doesn’t work because they’re actually going somewhere…
- Road Trip Summer
- Sounds a bit boring
You all, I’ve never had trouble with coming up with titles before. *panics* I’m hoping that once I start writing something will spark an idea for a title.
Here’s what I call my story aesthetic, which was made my one of my friends on Nanowrimo’s forums:
I’m kinda obsessed with it. I thought it’d be cool to share some of the songs off of my playlist dedicated to this WIP, so that you all can get the vibe for the novel.
- Unsteady by X Ambassadors
- Renegades by X Ambassadors
- Let’s go by Khalid
- What We Live For by American Authors
- Roam by Theia
- Childhood Dreams by ARY
- Heart Out by The 1975
- Good Life by One Republic
- Perfect Places by Lorde
- Drive by Oh Wonder
Now usually I consider myself to be a plotter, but I’m doing a weird method of outlining this time around. Before Camp started I completed character profiles for Zi, Cam, and a few other characters. I also mapped out their trip by listing the attractions that I wanted them to visit. I’m planning on looking up food stops and motels and whatnot as I write. For this project, I outline each chapter after I finish writing the one that came before it. For example, after I finish writing chapter 3 then I’ll outline chapter 4. I like having the flexibility, and it seems true to the road-trip aspect of the book since the characters don’t really plan the road-trip beforehand. (They don’t use google maps on the road-trip, they use actual maps and a sharpie.) Also, I always write all of my first drafts BY HAND. My brain is weird, ok.
If you’re participating in Camp Nanowrimo, definitely update me in the comments. I’d love to hear how it’s going for everyone! I part with a motivational quotation:
“If there is a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” -Toni Morrison (one of my writing idols)
Happy writing, happy reading, and happy blogging!