So here we are and it is exactly two weeks to the start of NaNoWriMo – how is everyone doing? Myself? I’m excited and terrified if I’m being honest. Anyone who has been following me for a while knows that I didn’t “win” last year, and both rounds of Camp NaNoWriMo this year didn’t go as well as I would have liked. Since it’s 2020 I’m hoping for it to go well but I’m also very aware that it may not.
I’ve narrowed my story choices down to a few and really it’s going to depend on what I’m feeling on November 1st itself. It’s going to be a lot of going with the flow to be honest, since I do have other obligations that are going to come first. NaNoWriMo is an extra for me in the grand scheme of things, so if I can’t complete it, but do enjoy the process then I will consider it a win.
So what does prep look like? Besides preparing my boyfriend for my typing and grumbling? A lot of self care. Self care has really needed to be a theme for 2020 and November will be no difference. So to anyone else prepping for NaNoWriMo I have a few things to say.
Don’t get upset if you don’t meet your daily goals or don’t win NaNo this year – you tried and you made progress. That’s what’s important. (Yep, I’m saying this to myself too.)
NaNo is not a chore, have fun with it and really try to enjoy whatever you get done.
Whatever story you’re telling, no matter how long it takes – tell it!
So compile all your notes, get your emergency snacks supplies ready and in two weeks – let’s write!
Ok everyone, let’s get real – we are one month out from NaNoWriMo. Anyone else recently realize that and have a mild panic/excitement attack? No? Just me then.
So my progress as we head towards NaNoWriMo hasn’t been as strong as I was thinking it was going to be, but it hasn’t been horrible either. I have a number of story options as I’m pretty sure I will I will pick up something I’ve already started and work on them…because there are so many of them.
My goal of course is going to be to hit 50k words by the end of the month, I’d like to win again since last year wasn’t so much of a win, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t reach the goal.
2020 is not a great year, so I’d be willing to bet that a number of people struggle, but here’s hoping our muses stay with us and we’re able to win NaNoWriMo!
Well here we are almost at the end of July, which means almost the end of Camp NaNoWriMo and sadly I again didn’t do as well as I’d hoped.
Let’s be real, anyone who isn’t suffering from some shift in their mental health, concentration, etc during this global pandemic is extremely lucky. I’ve had a hard time concentrating on anything, in a lot of instances I’ve been able to push through, but writing has been hard.
I’ve been doing more reading and editing of my work than writing, but at least I was able to write a few thousand words. It’s better than nothing but I wish I could have gotten into the groove more.
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.
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.
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.
As predicted I did make some progress in the last week, but not nearly as much as I had hoped to. There is still hope that I can still win, but it’s going to take some hard work.
I guess my lesson here is that I shouldn’t overly stress out. The pressure to “win” and his 50K is immense, especially after doing it the last two years, but the fact of the matter is that I am much more busy this year than I was the last year.
Still, I’m going to do my best to still hit it. I’ve given my boyfriend permission to lock me in a room this weekend and tell me to write. Hopefully my muse shows up!
How is everyone else’s writing going? Better than mine I hope!