When I originally signed up to do Camp NaNoWriMo and set my goal to 25,000 words, I did not think it would be too challenging. I could totally write 25,000 words in a month! It would be a piece of cake. After completing Week 1 of the challenge, I immediately knew that this was going to be SO much harder than I thought.
Last time I checked in with you guys it was the end of Week 1. I had written a total of 4,583 words and knew that I was about to get far behind thanks to my trip to Boston. After I came back, I tried and failed to catch up. So I decided to knock 5,000 words off of my original goal and go for 20,000 words instead. It sounded way more doable, right?
My lazy ass kept pushing off writing and soon it was the last week and I had 10,000 words left to write. Some crazy part of me thought that I could do it. I started writing like crazy that week. I wrote during my lunch hour and every moment that I could. I purposefully did not write blog posts, knowing that I should be using that writing time to write my novel. Unfortunately, I never did catch up to either of my goals.
I wish I could tell you that I came really close to 20,000 words, but I didn’t. I did end up with more than half that though. My final word count was 12,197. While not 20,000 or 25,000 words, I’m still super proud of all the writing I did get done in April. It is probably the most I’ve ever written in a month to be honest.
If you break those 12,197 words down, I completed a total of 5 scenes and started a 6th. I only have 2 and a half more scenes to finish before I reach one of my most anticipated chapters yet! After that chapter, I have one more and then I’m at my re-evaluating/halfway point (which is probably a little more than halfway when I think about it). The end is in sight guys! Something that I have never been able to say. It makes me so excited, and I feel so accomplished. Who cares if I didn’t technically “win,” I’m still counting myself as a winner.
This writing challenge has taught me so much. I’ve learned that I need to find time to write every day. Even if that means writing during my lunch hour or my commute home from the train. If/When I get stuck, all I need to do is sit down with a pen and paper and work through it. When in doubt, get into the character’s brain. Don’t worry so much about the problems, I can fix them later. I also have fallen in love again with my characters again. God, they are just so cool and my favorite one just keeps switching.
I’m so glad that I challenged myself in April. It has really paid off and has inspired me to write just as much, if not more, this month. I have about 52,675 words written overall for my novel, which is insane when I think about it! Now that I can see my re-evaluating point, my goal for this month is to actually get there. Something that is completely doable!
I also am planning on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again in July. Not sure what the project will be. I’ll let you know when I get there. For now my focus is still my novel, that I’m still so proud of even if I end up being the only one who wants to read something crazy like this.
If you participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, what was your final word count? Did you complete you goal? If not, don’t sweat it! You still wrote something and you should be proud of yourself for that. I sure am. Let’s talk about our experiences down in the comments below.