So it’s done. How much of it makes sense? Not a clue. I did come in at 37,954. I did more than I set my goal for. It’s a nice break from regular NaNoWriMo. I love doing NaNoWriMo, but I only had to focus on 30,000. That’s 20,000 words less. Which meant less words a day compared to November. I did get over the requirement almost every day. There were a couple days that were less, but that happens due to either life, sickness, or laziness. Laziness, is the worse of them all. Either way, knowing I had less. That helped a lot. I didn’t go into panic mode. Okay, no. I did a little. But, not like I would in November.
Just like the one in November, I am going put this story aside for now. I hope to come back to it though before the year is over. I now want to go back and focus on Forbidden Love, the sequel.
It might be stressful at times doing NaNoWriMo. But, it’s always a fun learning experience. Bring on Camp NaNoWriMo for July.
So here we are with one week done in April, soon to be two. I’m feeling pretty good about my word count, but I don’t want to get too happy yet. I’ve done that before where I get all, “yeah I’m awesome!” And, guess what happens after that? Yup! So, trying to stay in the middle of my emotions when it comes to this.
I’ve also been pretty good about not editing. It’s hard though. My eyes want to look at what I just typed. Most of the time when I write, I go the old fashion route. I write long handed. I find that to be helpful because I’m not distracted by the computer giving me notifications. There is a part of me that wants to hand write. But, if I do that? I could go down the rabbit hole. As I’m typing, I know I would start editing. Once the editing starts, my word count for the month would suffer. I definitely know I’m not perfect, but I’m one of those people that feel the need to edit a thousand times. Once I submit something, I’ll still feel the need to edit and it will drive me crazy that I can’t.
According to the camp’s website, I should be done by the 23rd. Here is hoping. At least it gives me extra time if I fall behind. So fingers crossed.
So, I decided to try something new. Well, okay. Not, too new. This April will be my first Camp NaNoWriMo.
I’ve done regular NaNoWriMo in November, but never attempted the camp. What happens is that I get to gather with other writers and we share a virtual cabin. We get to motivate each other and set goals. Instead of the typical 50,000, I’m aiming for 30,000. What’s nice is that you don’t have to do the 50,000 words like you do in November.
My story will be the sequel to Forbidden Love. I need to get out of my slump and this is my chance. I figure 1,000 a day is a good start.
Throughout April, I hope to keep you posted on my writing process. I still have a lot to figure out before the first of April. I hope to get a head start here shortly. My goal is to work on the outline of where I want the story to go. Just need to remind myself not to stay up too late.