Camp NaNoWriMo Report #1

Note: If you have never heard of NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—please refer to this website. Or here. Or even here.

Another note: I had intended to post this much sooner–it’s been written for almost a week now–but forgot to. Oops.

Camp NaNoWriMo I haven’t mentioned Camp NaNoWriMo yet because when I signed up for the August session I wasn’t certain I’d be able to handle it.

Last time I participated in NaNoWriMo was for November 2010. Due to something personal in my life, I fell behind. So far behind I knew I would never catch up and decided not to bother to finish.

What a mistake. And after completing NaNo ’09 with a total of 80,000+ words, ending NaNo ’10 with less than 9,000 was pretty embarrassing.

When I discovered about the spin-off to NaNoWriMo—Camp NaNoWriMo—I was hesitant. The July session hadn’t even begun, but I wasn’t certain I could hit the necessary word goals every day for a month. I forgot about it long enough for July to begin, and realized I didn’t care to start midway through. (I’m also like this with movies.)

But then I had time until August. I would be getting full-time hours at my Day Job, but I had to figure out how to start writing daily again and push myself to finish my current project. NaNoWriMo would be perfect for just that.

Now halfway through, I’m not entirely on track. Some days are better than others. I have had a few loss days where I haven’t written at all. But I’m doing alright.

My main goal is to hit 50,000 by the end of the month, writing at a steady but constant pace. So far so good. I have faith in my writing capabilities again, which is the main thing.

Now if only they’d come up with a monthly NaNoWriMo, I would be set