Summer Camp

July 26, 2009 at 10:49 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

I know what everyone is thinking: ‘summer camp? This isn’t a blog about summer camp! It’s about writing. Man, this andrew guy is du-umb.’ Well, maybe that last part was overkill, but you get my point? Anyway, summer camp does have at least something remotely to do with writing.

I just got back from a summer camp, I was there for an entire month. It was my sixth year there, and it is my favorite place in the world. The camp was called Falling Creek Camp for Boys, nestled within a little valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the North and South Carolina border. I had so much fun. But also, I had a lot of time to think. About what, you ask? Well, mainly my book(s). I had three SNI’s (shiny new idea, for those avid bloggers who come across this from time to time) while I was there and had some really good ideas for my WIP. And, when I got back three days ago, I was deprived of writing and I’ve written five thousand words in those three days. And, when I went to camp, my WIP was on the decline. The plot wasn’t going where I wanted it to go, the feel to the whole thing seemed messed up. Then I spend a month at camp and now I’m back in the game. I’ve straightened out the plot and rewritten some parts that aren’t so great.

So, here’s my advice to all you people out there. When you’re working on something, it can be anything, not just a novel, and it begins to suck, take a break for a while. If it’s a paper and it’s due in a week, forget about it for a day or two. It’ll help. I promise.




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  1. Great post – I definitley agree about leaving books to settle for a while when they seem to be going horribly wrong! And when papers aren’t due in for a week, I tend to be bad and leave them ’til the night before anyway :D


  2. I completely agree about letting things sit for a while. Sometimes things just need to percolate for a little bit. That’s what turns flash-in-the-pan idealings into SNIs.

  3. Breaks are awesome! I took a month long break on my WIP due to blockage. I was whining and angsting the whole time. But I really think it paid off. The characters came out infinitely more developed, the plot with tons of new layers.

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