Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Breaking Camp: Camp NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up
I tried something new, for me--I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo. It's a more relaxed version of the National Novel Writing in a Month that typically happens in November. Camp NaNo (for short) has a little different rules--basically, you can set your own goal and try to reach it.
A typical November NaNo means starting writing word one on Nov. 1 and writing at least 50K words by the end of Nov. 30. I just so happened to be at the point where I was starting a new novel, had a detailed outline, and was ready to go, so I set my goal for Camp NaNo the same as if it were November.
Did I make it? Well, no. But I did get a third the way through my rough draft, which is a good start, I think. My excuses for not finishing? Well, it is summer. And we did take a family vacation in July. And a couple of other trips. And I painted the shed, started running more (again), and switched my office and my son's bedroom. And today, when I should have been feverishly trying to get those last, well, 23,000 words? I went cycling with my two teenagers. And that, to me, is a WIN!
So I will continue to get as many rough draft words in as I can before school starts and I go back to work. Even then, I assume, I will still be working on that rough draft, and that's okay. I'll find time to do it; I always do!
I want to thank my writer friends who "bunked" with me at Camp NaNoWriMo--for their support, and actually bringing it to my attention and inviting me to do it in the first place! And I must say, it was a great experience, and I'll probably return to camp next year as well! For now, I head away from my netbook, dusty and dirty, mentally and physically exhausted, ready for a tiny rest from this project. At least until tomorrow when I pull out the memories of camp and use the habits I've acquired this past month to keep cranking out words to mold into my next masterpiece!
Posted by Maria Hoagland at 8:50 PM