How You Know You're Revising For Camp NaNoWriMo

How You Know You're Revising For Camp NaNoWriMo

Telltale signs you are editing your project this month

Camp NaNoWriMo has begun! July is National Novel Writing Month's second writing challenge of the year, and any dedicated novelist, script-writer, comic artist or general creative spirit knows what this means...

WORK. Also, productivity. And of course, a little panic. But if you have explored all the facets the new website has to offer, the real gem comes when you choose 'Revision' for your month-long project. Out of all the options for creating a project, Revision is the only one where you know this month is going to be nothing like anyone else's experience with Camp NaNo.

Why? Well, here are some of the oh-so-telltale signs.

1. You must plan for a plan for a plan...

Have you seen Inception? Prepping for a NaNo Revision challenge is sort of like that, but instead of a dream within a dream (within a dream), you must form a plan to figure out what your plan is for your final plan (for the plan). Don't have an outline? You'll probably need one now. No story notes? Well, you will have some shortly.

But the best part? Planning for a plan is part of your word count. If you gotta sit there for forty-five minutes daydreaming of a better outcome for this scene, it still counts as work.

2. Your "word count" is now "hours."

The Camp NaNo site now allows you to log hours spent editing instead of converting hours into words. This is simultaneously satisfying and a tad frustrating. I used to log 1,000 words for each hour when I did editing challenges in the past, which meant that 500 words equaled one half-hour. Now there's no way to break up the whole hour, which means one must stay rooted for sixty minutes before getting to watch the progress arrow move. On the flip side, it's even better for getting more work done.

3. You spend most of your time reading.

It's a guilty pleasure of mine to read my own writing, but it's also an all-out torture session because I spend most of my time with my face in my hands thinking "this is why I edit." (Having to re-read something terrible you wrote can drive one to banging one's head off the table).

4. You're probably editing a project you've edited before.

This is especially true in my case. This month, I'm revising the book I revised last July, which I also revised November 2015 and which I started writing way back in March 2013. It's like it won't leave me alone.

It's like I'm being stalked by my own book.

Someone free me.

5. Sometimes you just have to yell at your own characters.

Most of the time, this involves me gesturing wildly at the screen and making high-pitched noses while screeching "Why wouldn't she have noticed that he has a metal arm? That is VERY noticeable!" before returning to banging my head off the table.

Anyone revisiting a book knows what it's like to watch a character descend into a spiral of illogical choices followed by inconsistent dialogue followed by a big choice which takes the book in a direction it probably shouldn't have gone. Which is why we're editing.

6. No matter how messy it is, you will always love this project.

Despite having to wrangle all the little details along side the big-picture stuff, you will always be in love with your project. This is something you threw your heart into when you started, and which you're bleeding the last of your creativity onto now. Someday, when it's completed in the distant (or not-so-distant) future, you will look back on these days and remember how much effort it took for you to craft perfection. All the hours spent changing dialogue, all the grammar you had to correct, all the big life choices you had to force upon the characters -- you will look back fondly and say "this is why I write." It's for the love of the whole process.

Any banging of heads on tables will (eventually) become endearing, too.

So until July 31st, all of us 'Revision' writers will be plugging away at our projects, hour by hour, line by line. Never give up on a project because it seems too big or daunting. No matter how many mistakes you think it has, it will always have that spark of YOU which distinguishes it from the rest of literature. Stick with it. Create your masterpiece.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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The Zodiac Signs As Bath And Body Works Scents

Just in case you want to know what scent you are!

Bath and Body Works fans could be considered to be part of a cult. The scents draw you in as if calling your name, if you ever
wondered what your scent should be based on your zodiac sign, here it is!

Aries: Country Apple

The rather impulsive Aries takes their time picking and choosing the scents from Bath and Body Works. The soothing scent of a fresh apple orchard is just what they need on a daily basis to keep up with their shenanigans.

Taurus: Japanese Cherry Blossom

The personality of a Taurus is stubborn, or what I like to say, is stuck in their ways. When they first discovered this scent in middle school, this was it. This is the only scent you will find anywhere around a Taurus.

Libra: Pink Chiffon

Pink Chiffon is another cult classic. This best selling scent went out of style for a hot second but is back and bigger than ever.

Leo: Thousand Wishes

Thousand Wishes is a purr-fect scent for a Leo. The light scent adornes the wearer just the right amount to get the desired reaction from those around them.

Aquarius: Be Enchanted

The rather cold personality of an Aquarius is counteracted by the loving scent of Be Enchanted. The scent is just enough tenderness for the wearer to be relaxed.

Gemini: Moonlight Path

Gemini's constantly change their favorite scent and are in and out of the store almost weekly to by new lotions, candles, and body washes. You will never see a full empty bottle of anything, however, Moonlight Path is the scent they keep coming back to again and again.

Virgo: Sea Island Cotton

The clean personality of a Virgo must be matched with the clean scent of Sea Island Cotton.

Capricorn: Cucumber Melon

Another clean scent of Cucumber Melon is the exact thing a Capricorn needs. The balance and calming scents are what make this scent so attractive to a Capricorn.

Scorpio: Paris Amour

The light scent is what you would expect from an extreme sign like a Scorpio. The scent lightly washes over the wearer in almost a cloud that

Sagittarius: Cashmere Glow

Cashmere Glow is a perfect scent for the winter sign. The vanilla and golden peach scent is just the mixture that creates the perfect accessory in the chilly months.

Pisces: Warm Vanilla Sugar

This lovely scent accentuates the lovely personality of a Pisces. They can never get enough of this scent so they just keep buying and buying until they have a full stockpile.

Cancer: Velvet Sugar

Velvet Sugar is the perfect blend of red velvet and strawberries and a Cancer is always changing their mind. The wearer can tell if it is a more red velvet or strawberry kind of day, and that is the balance that they need in their lives.

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