Campaspe (cs_whitewolf) wrote,


It’s fast approaching that time of year again, where writers everywhere start to batten down the hatches in preparation for November’s National Novel Writing Month!

What seemed like a good idea in October swiftly turns into the sort of snot-and-tears drama usually reserved for small children throwing temper tantrums, and after a great deal of angsting and hair-pulling, summarily becomes one of the most stressful months of the year.

So, of course, I usually like to pre-empt this by copping out of doing the 50,000word challenge and opting instead of the fic-a-day approach as seen in previous years through my Caspe-Wri-Mo endeavours. Not that this has been any less stressful, or indeed any more successful, but at least I’ve acted in the spirit of the month of writing and all that jazz.

This year however, instead of going with another Caspe-Wri-Mo attempt, I’ve managed to get myself talked into attempting NaNoWriMo for real (thanks for that, indiefairy!), and as a result I have decided to inflict my struggling writer ways on you lot throughout the month en leui of posting any actual fic.

Don’t say I’m not good to you! ;P

If anyone else is doing NaNoWriMo this year and wants to buddy up, you can add me [ h e r e ] on the website!

I’ll likely be posting up a daily wordcount with bonus flail/fail commentary depending on how well things are going, but knowing just how much of a perfectionist I can be, it’s unlikely that you guys will get any actual excerpts up on LJ. I will however be using google docs so if anyone wants access to follow my progress/the story as it (very roughly) proceeds, and you’re on my flist, drop me a comment and I’ll look into adding you!

For those of you interested here’s a wee sneak peek of my summary and potential warnings.

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Set in Amanzimtoti, South Africa, this story follows Wayne du Preez as he starts his matric. Completing his final year of high school won't be his only problem however when a boy from his childhood makes a surprise reappearance in small town Toti, throwing Wayne's picket-fence dreams with girlfriend Jess into a tailspin and forcing him to deal with a part of himself he's been denying ever since he shared his first kiss with Kyle way back when.

f/m, m/m; unrated; deals with: homophobia, religion, racism, child abuse (emotional/physical), recreational drug use, underage drinking, self-harm and a bucket load of angst to boot.

Good  luck to everyone on my flist participating! May we all write hard and prosper

Tags: on writing, on writing: nanowrimo, on writing: safa

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