For Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020, I thought I was going to take it easy after writing Project BAN and write a novella or maybe some short stories. But, alas, my imagination smacked me in the face with a brand spanking’ new idea for a full-length novel: Project Dewey.
Project Dewey is a new adult contemporary romance novel. The story is fun, Black AF, and hilarious. Below, you will find the details about my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 project and how I’ve been managing as a first-time camper.
What is Camp NaNoWriMo?
Many people have asked me this, but here’s how they describe it:
“Camp NaNoWriMo is your next, great writing adventure! Every April and July, take the chance to do something new with your writing… with all the flexibility that Camp offers. You can set your own writing goal (you’re not locked into 50,000 words!), and work on any writing project, novel or not.”
I’ve only ‘won’ a NaNoWriMo event once. It was when I wrote my first novel ever at 16. Since I now have more free time than usual (due to unforeseen circumstances), I figured now was the perfect time to try Camp NaNoWriMo.
How’s Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 been going?
Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 started off extremely well. Before July started, I set a goal of reaching 20k words. I shot past that goal so fast I could barely believe my fingers.
I’ve set a new goal to match my new, improved motivation: 40k words. Today, at just over 23k words, I’ve hit a story wall. I’m in the process of reevaluating my main character’s motivations and truly understanding the type of person I really want my MC to be. I’m confident I’ll get past it. I just have to brainstorm some ideas to get my story back on track.
The Idea Behind Project Dewey
The idea of my WIP (work in progress) is a mixture of a couple of factors: a failed NaNo attempt from 2017, an idea I had brainstorming for Camp NaNo, and my increased awareness of the lack of Black women representation in the media, especially those who are darker-skinned.
Women who look like me are rarely given top billing. Black women are the sidekicks, funny best friends, or comic reliefs. Some stories act like Black women don’t exist. I wanted to create a light-hearted, fun story that featured a dark-skinned Black woman as the main character.
On top of that, I wanted her to be desired. I wanted her to be loved. I wanted her to be three-dimensional; to laugh, cry, get angry. Black women deserve fun stories that have an air of escapism, just like everyone else.
Any Publishing Goals for my Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 Project?
Project Dewey is a fun, passion project to get my mind off of the dystopian novel that we are currently living through. I have no hopes of publishing it traditionally. That said, I do hope to share it with y’all sometime in the future.
One of the options that I’m considering is releasing it serially (chapter by chapter) on a blogging website, preferably Tumblr. Another option would be releasing it on Wattpad.
It’s been forever since I’ve shared my stories with the world. I’m super excited to let y’all check out this story when it’s finally ready to be seen, although I have no idea when that will be.
But, honestly, I’m not trying to put any reins on Project Dewey. I’m focused on enjoying the process and having a crap-load of fun.
Here’s a great song that I’ve recently added to the Project Dewey playlist. After listening to the song, tell me what you think the story is about in the comments section below!