Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update

Camp NaNoWriMo has come and gone. The finish line came zooming up and then it was over. Not only did the end come up faster than usual, but then time passed quickly after, and now it is almost mid-May. This year was quite different from most in a number of ways. Not only was the world going crazy, but I was trying something completely different with my writing as well. Needless to say, it was far more challenging than usual. Without further ado, let’s get into the Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update.

Curious about how the first four weeks went? Check out my week 1, week 2, week 3, and week 4 updates.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update

Day 26

The end is in sight. With only a few days left until the end of the month and thus the end of Camp NaNoWriMo 2020. I have grown tired of this story. Moreso, I have grown tired of trying to figure it out. I’m still feeling lost most days when I sit down to work on it. But being this close to the end of the month I am soldiering on. Despite all of this and my lack of desire to write, I did manage to write 914 words.

Day 27

This was a fairly busy day and I barely even gave any thought to writing. Regardless of how I felt, I forced myself to sit down and do it. There was plenty of struggle and a bit of chocolate to power me through, but I managed to write 519 words.

Day 28

Another day of not wanting to write. I picked away at the story throughout the day and when I was done, I had written 474 words.

Day 29

It’s like I realized that the final day is tomorrow and I better dang well hit my word count goal. That’s exactly what happened! I sat down and wrote, then wrote some more and while I honestly question the quality of this writing, I did it. It took some time, due to a number of distractions but I managed to pump out 1124 words thus bringing my total word count to 25,136. With that, I won Camp NaNoWriMo.

Day 30

I didn’t feel like writing this day. I had hit my word count goal yesterday so why bother? However, I decided to at least finish the chapter I had been working on to bring the project to a close. With this, I added a final 248 words.

Fun fact: This is the first time I have successfully completely Camp NaNoWriMo. I have tried several times in the past but have never made it very far.

Can a plotter become a panster?

I suppose the answer is, yes they can.

As I mentioned at the beginning of Camp NaNoWriMo, this time I was trying something different. I have always been a plotter, where I plan out a good chunk, if not most of the story ahead of time. This makes the writing process go smoothly as I can always reference what needs to happen next. Now, this doesn’t mean that I always stick to everything that has been planned. Stories tend to evolve as they are written and can go in a completely different direction than originally planned. That is half of the fun of writing. It’s a journey and sometimes even the writer can’t predict what will happen between A and Z.

With going the pantser route, which is writing by the seat of your pants, all of that planning is thrown out the window. Instead, you sit down and write whatever comes to mind. Sounds easy. Except, that it isn’t. At least it’s not for me. Sure, I can do small sprints of writing without anything planned, but an entire novel? That was the true challenge. In fact, it was such a challenge that I am glad that I set the word count goal to 25,000 instead of the usual 50,000 because otherwise, I would not have made it.

My biggest struggle throughout the month was a lack of connection to the story and characters. Normally when I write, I have such a deep connection to these. I want to see the events unfold, for the characters to overcome the obstacles I throw at them and for the end to tie it all together. However, I never felt that. Sometimes there was a glimmer of what might have been a connection but then it quickly faded away. I just wasn’t enjoying the story and that made writing it incredibly difficult. But I forced myself to keep going because I wanted to hit that word count at the end of the month and say that I tried and succeeded in some respect.

Even though I have come to realize that writing by the seat of my pants isn’t for me, I am glad that I gave this a try. After all, one thing I have learned over the many years I have been writing, is that it’s good to experiment. Trying different genres or writing styles helps to develop the writing muscle in new ways. Sometimes these experiments work out well and other times they are a bust, but we won’t know until we try them.

I hope you enjoyed my Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 final update. Did you participate? If yes, how did it go?

6 Comments

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    Sounds like you did great! Congrats on exceeding your word goal!

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      Thank you. It was a challenge but I’m glad I did it.

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    I’m impressed!
    I’ve tried several times but never actually made it all the way through.
    Decided to give myself a new goal, I’m a week and a half in.
    Yay for exceeding your word count and finishing a nanowrimo!! That’s amazing!!!

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      Thank you. Keep trying, eventually you will get all the way through. That’s great, good luck with it!

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    Firstly, congrats on completing NaNoWriMo, that is a truly awesome achievement! Also, I love your term “pantster” which I am going to steal and use from now on because this is how I blog, haha. I’m sure it was very hard to write when you didn’t really have feelings for your characters so, again, massively well done on hitting your word count! Lisa 🙂

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      Thank you! I’m glad you like the term pantser. I think it’s a perfect blogging term. It certainly was an extra challenge to write this story but I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to give it a try.

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