July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3

The third week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This was a week of ups and downs. Some days I did really well with my writing and others were a complete struggle. But that’s simply what happens when writing. There are times when the words flow freely and it’s amazing how much progress even a single writing session can be. Then there are the days when the words flow like half-frozen molasses and you question why you are doing this. Without further ado, let’s get to the July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 update.

Curious about how the previous week went? Check out my week 1 and week 2 updates.

July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3

Day 12

This day was a bit of a struggle. There was a gap in the story that needed to be filled but even after all of my planning I still wasn’t sure what to do with it. It’s not done but at least it’s a start. While I am not 100% sure I love what was written here, it’s better than nothing and I know I can always go back and change it later. In the end, I wrote 403 words.

Day 13

Yesterday’s writing hurdle continues as I try to fill in a story gap. Surprisingly, I was able to finish writing this section without too much trouble. I know there will be some tweaks made in the future but nothing too major, which means that tomorrow I can write the scene that comes next. Though I was sure to leave a note to myself on the changes that I would like to make and will edit it all later. This day I was able to write 922 words.

Day 14

You’d think I would have learned after forgetting to update my word count several times last week. Nope, I did it again on this day! My one stumbling block was naming a previously unnamed character. While I’m not completely satisfied with his name, it will serve as a placeholder until a better one can be found. In the end, I wrote 1182 words.

Day 15

This turned out to be a very busy day, so I didn’t have a ton of time to commit to writing. I was able to squeeze in a couple of short writing sprints which helped me to add 639 words.

Day 16

Despite another busy day, I was feeling inspired to write. The particular scene I was working on was one I was looking forward to as it didn’t need a ton of work but is one of my favorites so far. I was able to quickly write 1616 words.

Day 17

This was yet another busy day but I was also lacking the motivation to get things done. It was complicated. When I did sit down to write, I still wasn’t feeling like doing it. But I didn’t want to ignore it either. So, I did what I could and wrote 341 words.

Day 18

Weekends tend to be my busiest time. Because of this, I’m not always able to get as much writing done as I want to. But, by getting a bit of writing done in between tasks, I was able to write 924 words and that finished off another chapter, so I’m happy with that. This brings my total word count to 16028. It is a bit above where it needs to be, so that’s a good feeling.

I have to say, completely rewriting a story and trying to fill in the missing gaps is a lot harder than writing the first draft. Even though I know what needs to get written, the challenge is doing it well. Some days are slower than others because I am still aiming for quality over quantity this month, so I would rather write a small amount of well thought out paragraphs than just word vomit and look for a high word count each day.

I hope you enjoyed my July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 update. Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month?

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    Hi Sarah. Interesting stuff – its certainly made me feel better as I often find that some days are just better writing days than others. On good days, the words just flow effortlessly. On bad days, they don;t flow at all! Keep up the good work.

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      Thank you. I think a lot of writers bounce between good and bad writing days, but they don’t always talk about the bad writing days.

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    I’ve signed up as well

    It has been a while since I’ve written something creative wise I am hoping for at least 30000 words a month but since the flow is gone somedays I just stare at the screen and ends up playing games lol

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      I know how that goes with those days where you do everything but write. I hope you are able to reach your word count goal.

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