Call Me Crazy Because…

I started writing a Sci-Fi novel, the first of a series for Camp NaNo 2017. Why is that crazy? Because I have two #fantasy novels, one novelette, and eight short stories sitting on the editing pile.

Blame #CampNaNo 2017

During the last week of June, I decided to not participate in Camp NaNo 2017. The sight of my editing list (I’m staring at it right now. It looks like a hideous monster waiting to consume me) was beginning to get on my nerves. As I sat in front of my computer in my writing space ready to work on the dreaded editing backlist, a flash went through my mind like a lightning bolt, a special delivery from the writing muse herself.


Suddenly I saw a series of Sci-Fi novels based upon a single main character. This is quite a different approach from my current novels. For my fantasy series, The Tales of Tyrennia, I can go anywhere within that world and write about something within a particular Kingdom.

I could’ve made some notes and put the Sci-Fi series on a back-burner for a rainy day, but no-ooooo. People, or should I say other authors made a few Facebook posts about Camp NaNo 2017. Then other authors chimed in about their projects and preparations; the temptations overwhelmed me.

Let The Insanity Begin

I can’t dedicate my usual time during this NaNo session on account of Little Frankie, but so far I’ve completed the first chapter. Also, I must say, the words are coming easier and my first draft quality is a giant stride away from the drafts of my first scribblings. Hopefully, as I hammer this one out, I won’t have to spend as much time on numerous editing passes.

Perhaps, the change has occurred because I haven’t written new material in a long time. I have kept my nose to the grindstone with minute editing details for an extended period of time; those long hours have honed my wordsmithing skills.

In The End

I’ll try to write a follow up post on August 1st and let you know how things turned out for the month. Of course, I’m going to ask the same of you.

What are you doing for Camp NaNo 2017? How many WIPs have you abandoned this month?

5 thoughts on “Call Me Crazy Because…

  1. You’re crazy!

    There, I’ve done what you’ve told me to do.

    Writers are crazy. It’s in our blood. I have not abandoned any WIP but I have one short story and one full-length fantasy novel in the works. Or at least those are the two next on my agenda to do after I complete a few editing projects for other writers.

    However, I too was struck with an idea not long ago and in a fever wrote 20,000 words in a few days. Once purged, I set it aside. It needs research, so I’ll continue it after my two WIP are done.

    As for the editing pile: I’m in your club.I have two short stories that need editing before they get sent to the editor then published, and I have two novels ready for editing. I wrote one during NaNoWriMo 2015.

    After this is all done, I have about ten books to finish that I have started in some fashion. Crazy? Yes. It keeps me from going insane.

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  2. Ha ha ha. Your muse is running off in a new direction, huh? I know that there are writers like you who can have multiple irons in the fire at once, but I have to admit I can only do one project at a time – beginning to end. I can feel the positive energy in your post. What a blast this thing called writing is. Enjoy. 😀 And thanks for the follow! I’m happy to connect.


  3. I truly relate to this post – although I’ve never been tempted by the NaNos since that kind of external “pressure” only shuts me down. My seriously ADD muse runs away screaming from word counts, etc.

    However, she does prompt me to begin yet another new book rather than polishing the older ones — to the extent that I wonder if everything I’ve ever written will only be published posthumously when some coach with serious writers’ block finds my computer in a resale store (lol). It’s a relief to read that I am not the only one.

    LOVE your screen saver, btw. Frankie’s little face would be its own serious distraction for me. What a doll.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”


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