Did you know that Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice a year? Once in April and then again in July. After having good success with April’s challenge, I was eager to write again this month. If you are unfamiliar with the main challenge, NaNoWriMo, it is a 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel during November. However, the one big difference between the main one and camp is that during Camp NaNoWriMo you can change your word count goal. Additionally, you can choose to use the month to edit an existing novel, keeping track of how many hours or pages you work on. If you have been thinking about writing a novel, poem collection memoir, or anything else, then Camp NaNoWriMo is a great way to give yourself that extra push. This July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 update will go over the first few days of writing to see how well I am doing.
July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1
What project am I working on?
Normally, I only work on new projects during NaNoWriMo. However, this time around I decided to give one of my older projects a complete revamp. So while the groundwork has been done, I am not simply editing, but rewriting the entire novel based upon what I previously wrote and some notes that I made last month. Because there is a lot of work that needs to be done to flesh out the story, name characters and places, add missing chapters and so much more, I have set my word count goal to 25,000 words. I think this is a manageable goal for the month, especially given how many other things I have on the go.
The original project was written back in 2014, with some more added in 2015. It’s actually refreshing to revisit an older story.
This first day is always the hardest. Even after doing all of the prep work and knowing what needs to be written. Conquering that blank page is the biggest hurdle to tackle. As much as I want to write, I am always worried I will mess something up right away and it will affect the remainder of the months writing. I tried to get my writing done early in the day, knowing that there would be fireworks during the night, due to Canada Day, but that didn’t really happen. Eventually, I managed to knock out 520 words. Not the strongest of starts, but still something.
This was the first day of a heatwave that hit our area, so my motivation was low. It’s hard to think or do anything when it’s so hot out. Yet, I didn’t want to ignore my writing just because of that. So, I picked away at it all day, adding a few words here and there. I hadn’t been expecting much but by the end of the day, I had written 1297 words!
The second day of the heatwave and like yesterday I didn’t feel like writing or doing much else. However, I used the same technique, by picking away at my project here and there. It’s not my normal routine of sitting down for an hour or two of word sprints and calling it done, but it seems to be working just fine. On this day, I managed to write 876 words.
I felt really good about writing today. I was still suffering through the heatwave, but today wasn’t too bad, so I was able to get a decent amount of work done. A lot of my time was spent reading the old story and then checking notes, even so, I was able to easily write 1231 words. I feel like I am doing a much better job with the story this time, so I don’t mind a slightly slower word count pace.
As you can see, I got off to a decent start with July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1. Admittedly, I had hoped to have a higher word count by now, but since I am slightly above where I need to be at the moment I can’t complain. Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month?