Looking Back on April CampNaNoWriMo


I didn’t win CampNaNoWriMo last month.

I left my goal set at 50,000 words, but my real goal was to finish the rough draft of The Dreams. I thought it might take 55,000 to 58,000 words to get there. At the end of the month I didn’t reach 50,000 words or finish the rough draft. I added 18,834 words to my draft, and I’m trying to be satisfied with that.

CampNaNoWriMo has always been a bit harder for me. It’s just not the same was NaNoWriMo in November, and it isn’t just the month that makes the difference. There’s a different vibe during Camp, but that’s not a bad thing. I really love the cabins and having a small group of people to work with for the month. There’s just a lack of outside support and energy during Camp that is definitely present during NaNoWriMo.

One big accomplishment for me was writing every day of the month. I went 30 days without taking a break from my novel. I even managed to post four new chapters to this blog.

Looking back I have to wonder if continuing to revise and post chapters might have held me back from writing more. If that’s the case I think I will need to have my chapters ready ahead of time before I try another NaNoWriMo event. I like having a consistent posting schedule too much to stop altogether like I did last November. Even if it means extra work the month before I’d like to be sure that I have chapters to post.

I’ll definitely be trying CampNaNoWriMo again in July. Hopefully by then I will have The Dreams written from start to finish and I’ll be diving into a new project. I’m already looking forward to it!

From now on I’m going to try to bring the enthusiasm and energy of NaNoWriMo to CampNaNoWriMo. If that energy is there maybe CampNaNoWriMo will feel more real to me. Then I will take it more seriously and finally reach my goal for once!

How was CampNaNoWriMo for you? Did you reach your goal? Did you finish your project? Are you planning on participating in July?

2 thoughts on “Looking Back on April CampNaNoWriMo

  1. Like they say, all words are good words! Those 18k are definitely an accomplishment as I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t have written as much without Camp. 🙂

    I didn’t participate in April Camp due to lack of ideas and time, but I’m planning to participate in July! That has always been my favorite writing month next to November.

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