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I failed at Camp

So, I tried my hand at trying to do Camp NaNoWriMo. You can guess what happened, Mister Kapre.

FAIL!

I’m 8,000 words short of my 20,000 word count goal. And what even sucks is that I’ve done something like this already, and even finished one at around 25,000 words. I thought about what might have been different. Was it lack of time? Couldn’t be. I always found the time for writing even if my work schedule was insane. So what then?

It dawned to me, Mister Kapre, that I should have planned more for Aether-5. Pins were not enough, I needed to properly (and coherently) outline the plot. I’m obsessive-compulsive that way — I wouldn’t be able to write a single word without my security blankie of a polished plot outline. The thought of having to re-shuffle scenes and make major plot changes after NaNoWrimo nagged me every time I tried to write, and I just kept itching to rewrite my awful first scene.

Oh well. It was a learning experience nonetheless. I just can’t be a pantster — I’m an outliner all the way. The nice thing though, I’m already 12,000 words up for my 60,000-word novel. That’s still progress! πŸ™‚

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I'm Gail. I'm a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. I'm also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. I love pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). My husband and I live in the outskirts of Manila with our dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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