It’s July 31st, and I think we know what that means.
In a very, very short time, Camp NaNoWriMo will officially be over for the second time this year. Participating writers everywhere will be scrambling to finish up those last words on their novels in order to meet their wordcount (I know I did last night!).
I set my goal pretty low this month, actually- only at 20,000. And I passed it by 1,000 words! Seeing the little bar on the statistics graph go above the goal line is seriously one of the best feelings I’ve had all week.
I’ve been talking a lot about crossing goal-lines and completing things recently because it’s really been one of the only things on my mind. My thoughts have constantly been centered around questions like “what do I have to do next?” and “what do I have to do to do that thing next?” and “holy mother of all things fluffy, how in the world will I finish this all in time?”.
Sometimes it might feel like things are impossible to do. You might have your list of three things you want to get to first, you might have all the things you need to complete them- but there still could be that point in time where you feel like all is lost, like there’s no way you could ever finish what you’ve started.
BUT YOU CAN.
I am absolutely positive you can.
I proved to myself that I can when I made those two big jumps in my wordcount to catch up. And just like I sat down with an extra-chocolatey hot chocolate and wrote until my fingers bled (metaphorically, of course), you can catch up, too. Forget that feeling of hopelessness and keep working at it. You’ll get there.
Don’t give up, nerdlings,
Very soon, it will be the start of Camp NaNoWriMo round number two this year.
Naturally, I’ll be taking part in this. I’ll be working on my novel, My Life as a Mayonnaise Jar, which I have already written multiple drafts for but have never quite felt it was really completed. However, I recently figured out a way to give the story that extra push I’ve always felt it needed, and I am extremely excited to write it all out.
So in honor of camp starting soon, I’ve decided to compile a list of my advice to not only surviving but thriving as you write your wonderfully brilliant novel (whether it be during Camp NaNo, regular NaNo, or just on your own)! Let’s get started, shall we?
April 1st marked a very important date.
Yup, you guessed it.
Camp NaNoWriMo is back.
I love NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a fantastic idea and a super great way to encourage writing and creating stories. I’ve been a participant for two years (although I did YWP NaNoWriMo the first year), and it’s really helped me learn how to plan and put together a novel.
Last year, after November ended, I discovered CAMP NaNo through a friend and decided to sign up because, well, why not? The difference in camp is that you get to choose whatever type of project you want to work on, whether it’s a novel or a script or a bunch of poems. It’s also possible to set your own word-count.
I was originally going to write a script for a graphic novel, but I decided to just go with a plain novel mainly because of this one idea I had a little while back. It’s called The Mush Project, and you can see more about it here.
I’m super pumped about camp this year, and I feel like I actually have a chance at getting something GOOD done out of it. However, I know that somewhere along the way I’ll find myself flailing and panicking due to writer’s block- and that’s when the insanity part kicks in.
It’s all good, though, because it’ll all be worth it in the end. I am determined to finish this novel in April. My current word-count goal is pretty low- just 30,000 words- but hopefully I’ll be able to push it further if the storyline permits it.
Prepare yourselves for random novel updates along the way. Wish me luck! 😀