NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a challenge that both excites and terrifies me. It takes place in the month of November and basically you try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I have unofficially taken on this challenge before and failed miserably. It has been a while since I have attempted anything like this seriously.
Recently though, I have been trying to write more consistently so that I can actually finish something. I stumbled upon Camp NaNoWriMo and knew it would be a good fit for me. Unlike the original NaNoWriMo, this other event allows you to pick your project. It does not have to be a novel. It can be a short story, play, movie script, etc. Also, you can set your own writing goal. There is something about 50,000 words that’s super intimidating to me, so I think it’s nice that I can set the bar a little lower. It takes place the full month of April and I’ve officially decided to take part in it.
My writing project is to add 25,000 words to the novel I am currently working on. I’m excited because 25,000 more words is a step closer to the halfway point and I just need to get there for myself. As I stated before, 50,000 words is intimidating! I’ve set the bar lower in hopes of reaching my goal and possibly exceeding it.
Of course, the week before this whole thing is supposed to start I had a major realization. I was talking to my friend Will about the project because we’re writing pals. Will’s a great writer and he’s exceptionally good at world building and character development. After discussing things, it hit me that my main female lead is lacking a story arc outside of her romantic plot line. She also does not grow as much as some of my other characters do and there is definitely something missing in terms of her.
The worst part about coming to this realization is that I’m in the middle of a draft and have this plan to write 25,000 words. While starting over seems like a good option, I’m afraid I will not write anything because I’m so stuck. I have no idea how to fix the problem with my character and the more I think on it, the more stuck I become. I think my best bet is to stick to my original plan and truck on until I get the halfway point. Once I’m at the halfway point I can focus on restructuring (which is another thing I’ve realized I desperately need to do) and coming up with new ideas. I’m hoping maybe a plot line will just organically happen as I continue writing. That would be awesome!
My writing conundrum aside, I’m still super excited to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s only 5 days away and I can only hope that I’m ready. The main reason I’m doing this is to up my word count and to get closer to the halfway point. I could very possibly reach the halfway point with 25,000 words. To be honest, I’m not sure. It’s hard to gauge from my outline how many words each scene will be. We’ll see what happens though. I’ll keep you updated as I go obviously.
Are any of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, I would love to hear about your writing projects and what you’re working on in April so leave a comment down below.