27 days and 25,000 words later, I have completed Camp NaNoWriMo April 2017. My first ever NaNo camp!
25k words is manageable. I normally write about 15k words per month, so this was me sitting down a few more sessions and repeating that. It meant Rune Mage has a few more chapters under its belt so if I ever get struck with another bout of long shifts, I can still update. It also meant it gave me more time to go back to unpublished chapters and add more fodder when I get inspired.
Current word count is 138,454 and I’m hitting the climax of the story soon. Check it out here!
Baking on Halloween turns into a murdering spree. Beauty and the Beast turns into a butcher fest. Children can’t even play a game without being butchered left, right, and centre. A high school choir becames Battle Royale.
Nyhterides’ third and last prompt was really specific and had me stumped for a whole weekend. I had little to no experience of gothic horror or southern gothic horror, but thats likely because i just didnt know it as it was called. I certainly knew horror involving death, which is an element of gothic horror. And as my readers may know, i have no qualms about killing my characters, although im nowhere near grr martin’s level!
Boringly i like to stick to what i know. The only one i could work with was paranormal, ghosts or werewolves. Im no major fan of werewolf, which leaves me with ghosts. It works out well as ive been brewing a short ghost story for over a year now. It was left on the back burner after my partner felt it was too longwinded and could be better condensed, and i got distracted by other projects. It was nice to revive it.
Children like to play. In horror, children are also creepy as heck, and i want to utilise that to my full advantage. My third entry centres around a creepy abandoned house that nobody in the village goes near, but outsiders dont know that.
Or rather, in the amateur ones I have come across on Creepypasta, anyway
Lack of realism.
No, it’s not a real story, but that doesn’t give the writer the right to put anything they want regardless of plausibility. The story has to be plausible within the restrictions of that world; there’s only so much disbelief the reader can suspend. Imagine if your sword-wielding character in this ancient land is trying to reclaim his throne and there have been no dragons at all mentioned, ever. Then suddenly a dragon appears at the climax and crushes the whole city and declares the character king.
Yeah. What? Me too.
And if the writer wants to make the story sound like it could actually be a real life account, then it’s all the more important it has to be plausible. It irks me more in stories that revolve around physical or mental health issues, hospitals, physiology etc. Misrepresentation can give the wrong message. And because I know a little more about it, it’s very obvious when the writer hasn’t done enough research.
I finally got inspiration after reading bits of Creepypasta (my gosh, some are pretty good, but some are just awful — I’ll talk about some of the awful ones later) and watching a play-through of “The Park” and “Boogieman”. I toyed with the idea of Tony and Cameron fleeing together from The Dark One, but that requires staging of an epic battle and a winning or losing outcome. I didn’t have any idea how they could win, seeing as I was stumped by how Tony could have effectively been immortalised for twenty years. Magic? Witchcraft? Really good skincare lotion?
With Tony and his friends taking off, leaving Cameron behind, I took inspiration from that.