It’s that time again, this time for the July round of Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m not setting any grand goal for myself this time. I set a goal of 15k words just to have a goal of some sort in place, but I’m not going to be upset if I don’t hit it.
Life is hectic these days, even if I’m working at home – so some nights I just don’t have the energy to write. I’m going to take it easy on myself and just enjoy the process as it happens.
That being said, I’ve managed to add 1,309 words to a new project, so that’s not too bad in my opinion.
Here we are almost to the end of June and my writing this year is not going the way I expected and I’ve found myself in a writing slump.
I think all of us are feeling certain effects from the events going on in the world, and have been. I’ve been dealing with my own issues and trying to maintain, but my writing and reading have definitely suffered as a result.
Still, while I haven’t written much in the last two months, I am going to do the Camp NaNoWriMo round in July, but I’m not going to set any huge goal. I’m going to simply aim to write, not do a large amount. As long as I make progress I’m going to be happy. I’ll probably do a good amount of editing and mat not even concentrate on new writing. I’m just going to gauge what feels right when the time comes.
How is everyone else’s writing going? Have you also had creativity blocks?
So, I haven’t really mentioned writing since Camp Nanowrimo ended. I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but I was ok with that because at least I wrote something in the month of April.
Well, the reason I haven’t mentioned it is because since the end of April…I haven’t written anything. I’ve been in both a reading slump and a writing slump.
These things happen. I’ve been working to get myself more organized and in a better head space since I know that’s what’s going on. Once I can get myself back to an even keel things will flow again.
I’ve been reading through and doing slight edits on some of my projects, but not stressing myself out over the lack of writing as well. If you’re experiencing similar things, be kind to yourself. A lot of my free time as of late has been dedicated to self care and that’s just the way it has needed to be.
How is your writing going? Be kind to yourself and don’t feel too bad if things aren’t flowing. Let things happen as they will and stay safe!
So, it’s the last day of April and I’m here to say that I didn’t complete my goal. I ended the month at 8925 words added to my writing and even though I didn’t hit what I wanted, I’m not upset about it.
This month was a big no go when it came to maintaining focus or being able to really dig into my writing. A lot of people are having trouble focusing or concentrating on tasks that they usually breeze through. It’s just something that is happening with the events in the world, it’s hard and frustrating, but we can’t hold it against ourselves.
With that I’m not going to be overly upset that I didn’t hit my goal, I’m going to be glad that I made some progress and I did manage to do some reading through of my WIPs and do surface editing.
So while this month wasn’t as successful as I would have liked it to be, I’m not mad about it. There’s another Camp Nanowrimo in July, so maybe I’ll do better then.
Well, it’s happened, I’ve written myself into a corner.
In a normal time I would be able to back up and deal with this, but with the amount of anxiety and stress that I’ve been under, I just had to walk away for a while. I’m at a point with my mental health that going through a re-write would just cause me too much upset, so I’m going to deal with it when I’m in a better place.
Where does that leave me? Well, of the 30k words I wanted to write this month I’ve written 5,138. Yeah, not great. So for the last 10-ish days of the month I’m going to scrap my original plan. I’m still going to aim for 30k words, but I’m going to work on the projects that draw me and make me happy. I’m going to be happy with just getting certain scenes done if that’s what I can do.
I know everyone is in a different situation, some people are handling this time with a much lower amount of stress, but in my case I am a ball of stress, anxiety and depression. I have to recognize that and work to not worsen the situation – so if I don’t exactly meet this goal I’m not going to beat myself up over it.
I’ve definitely had to prioritize self-care right now, and I have to be ok with that. I’m still working a 40 hour work week (thankfully from home) so while I’m at home, I’m still not having as much free time as you would think. I’m going to write when I’m inspired to write and just be ok with it.
How is everyone else doing? Are you getting any good writing done?
Already the first week of Camp Nanowrimo is coming to a close. Hopefully everyone who is participating is using it as an escape in these very difficult times. It’s been hit or miss with me as it is hard to get into the writing groove when you’re stressed out, but still, I feel as if I have an okay start after the week I’ve had.
My goal for this year’s camp is to get 30k words added onto my first NaNoWriMo project from a couple years ago. While I did win that year and got over 50k words, the story was far from over. I figured this was a great chance to pick it up again and work on it.
So far this month I’ve added 2,781 words to it. Less than I would have liked, but understandable and still a good starting off point. We’ll have to see how the rest of the month goes. Either way I consider it a win if I’m writing and working on it.
Though I’ve participated in NaNoWrimo the last three years, I’ve never taken on Camp NaNoWriMo. To be honest, April tends to be a busy month for me and I usually don’t remember it until it’s too late. Since one of my goals for this year is to get my writing back on track I want to take every opportunity I can.
Now today’s post isn’t just about me saying I’m going to do it, but I’ve officially committed myself and signed up on the site to actually do Camp NaNoWriMo – no going back now!
I’m returning to the project that I did my first year of NaNoWriMo. While I did succeed in writing 50k words that year, the story was far from over. To tell the truth I haven’t written much more in it since then, so I thought this was a great chance to go back to it. For Camp NaNoWriMo I’ve made a goal of 30k words in the month of April.
I’m sure it will be a struggle since I not only read a lot but I also have to juggle my day job and other things that I do on a daily basis. Still, I think it’s totally achievable and have my fingers crossed.
So if you’ve been following my blog at all you know that NaNoWriMo last year was not the best for me. It was my third year doing it and the first time I failed.
Yep, that’s about how I looked when I threw in the towel. For whatever reason I just couldn’t get myself to write as much as I needed to. I know part of it was the fact that November was so busy, but still, it was rough.
Since then I’ve been trying to get more organized and decide just what I want to work on. I have so many WIPs that sometimes I get pretty scattered. I’ve now gathered up all of my notebooks that contain scene ideas and character notes, so I know where all of them are. I’ve also moved all of my writing to one place where before it was in a few different places.
I think my next plan of action is to pick only a couple of my WIPs to work on. I know, you may be screaming at me to pick one and only one, but my use doesn’t work like that. It’s very very fickle and likes to change its mind. I do want to concentrate on only a couple though, so I need to decide which ones are the highest priority.
I’m also thinking about participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in April so that I can work on something existing and not have to wait until November. I’m still a little undecided on that as April is usually a busy month for me.
So that’s where I am, besides some light editing and streamlining I haven’t done a ton of writing, but preparation is a good thing.
I’ve already posted about my reading goals for the year, as loose as they are, but I haven’t really addressed my writing goals. As we know I failed at Nano this past year, but that happens. My muse has been a little absent as of late.
So what do I plan to do about that in 2020? Well, I’m not entirely sure, but maybe the first place to start is to set aside a certain amount of time per day or week that I am writing.
I have a number of different projects, none of them fully finished, so I think I’ll need to pick only a couple of them to concentrate on because maybe there’s just too much vying for my attention.
I have a number of notebooks with notes and scenes in them but they are scattered, so again I think I need to get them all in one place and get them all organized. This might help my focus once I have everything together.
I’m hoping that getting more organized and focused will help my writing so that I can get back in the groove. Depending on how it goes I may do regular updates, but we will have to wait and see.
Even thought there are still a few days left in November, I have come to accept that I’m not going to win this year. While this isn’t the optimal outcome for me, I’ve come to be ok with it.
While I had a solid idea that I was really excited to write, it just came down to time. The last couple years I was able to dedicate a number of hours each day to writing and just kind of become a hermit. November usually isn’t a super busy month for me. That was not the case this year. I just had a ton of things I had planned that took priority.
Hopefully you all did better than I did! At least I was able to stay positive the whole time and still did manage to write all day, but 50k just wasn’t in the cards for me this year.