Friday, April 22, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3

I've written a decent amount but my little arrow is still only on the 50% part of the target. I have two weekends left and the final day of April is Saturday so I will have to make the most of it. I have written 15k in a matter of days before but the story has eluded me so far. I have a general idea of what happens next but I often get bogged down in the specifics and instead of just plowing forward I pause and contemplate, not a great speed-writing strategy.

Another issue this month has been my constant use of the internet. I write about 50 words and decide to update my word count because at this point, any progress is a positive for me. However, when I open up that internet page, I get sucked in. I update my blog, look at movie trailers, check sports scores, or read social media posts. All of these activities are a huge detriment to my writing. It doesn't help that the NBA playoffs started recently and I'm trying to keep trying of every series.

I missed all the planned write-ins and lost nearly every member of my cabin but a few of us are still persisting. I know the cabin goal will not be reach at all unless we each put out over 20k words in the next eight days. 

I have actually contemplated what will happen if I don't finish. I first participated in NaNoWriMo in 2014 and not only wrote a novel but flew past the 50k word mark to an 80k final rough draft. Of course after editing I cut that book down to about 55k so I'll have to add more details to it once the editor returns it. The next year I only participated in the second Camp NaNoWriMo in June of 2015. That June Camp is a good example of what I can do, even though it was only a 20k word challenge, I didn't write for the first ten days, then had a large spurt and had to power through at the end. I also outpaced the goal for last November's writing marathon.

So far, I have not failed at reaching my word count and I can't stand only having the participant badge to show for all my hard work. I am determined this weekend to nearly double my current work count and finish off the last week with even more flourishes of garbage, ill-thought out prose to put into a novel that I will never publish. I hope to be showing of my Camp NaNoWriMo winner sticker by the end of April!

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