CampNaNoWriMo Week 4 Recap

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April CampNaNoWriMo is almost over! It’s hard to believe there’s only one weekend between us and the end of Camp.

I’ve only had a handful of NaNoWriMo-like writing days this month. The atmosphere around Camp is so different from the November event and my mindset just isn’t the same. I did have one particularly brilliant writing day this week. A part of me wishes I could capture that sort of energy and make every day like that.

We’re close enough to the end of the month that I think I can see where I went wrong. Some of the things that kept me from writing as much as I would like were out of my control, but some of it could have been helped if I made a bit more effort.

In November the NaNoWriMo community is huge. We’re all in it together. We’re packed into the forums and all over social media helping and encouraging each other. Some of that happens with Camp, but on a much smaller scale. Instead of just bumping into people and posts that motivate and encourage me, I need to seek them out.

I haven’t done much seeking this month.

Part of the issue is that the community is smaller. With less people participating the signal isn’t getting the same boost as it would in November. We’re also scattered across so many platforms

We’re also scattered across so many platforms. Some people on on the NaNoWriMo forums. Some people stick to their social media. Other people are focusing primarily on their cabins because it is so easy to let the message board there die if it isn’t tended carefully.

We aren’t a unified front during Camp and with the smaller number of participants it is much harder to stay connected to the event as a whole. I don’t think there is an easy solution to this problem. There are people reaching out, offering encouragement and support, but we need to make the effort to find each other. NaNoWriMo h

The main NaNoWriMo event is so big now that we’ve all become lazy. We’re used to the feeling of belonging being right at our fingertips. Camp is NaNoWriMo on a much smaller scale and being smaller means those of us that want to be a part of the warm, fuzzy feeling of community need to put in a lot more work as an individual to make it happen.

I think it can happen. Some people already have a great, big support group going for Camp events. More of us can do the same if that’s what we want and we put in the work.

I’m already looking forward to Camp in July. I plan on making more of an effort to connect with other writers in and out of my cabin. I think it will work to my advantage to add more enthusiasm for the event to my life.

How’s CampNaNoWriMo going for you? Do you think we as participants should do more to create a network of other WriMos for ourselves during Camp months?

Writing Progress April 17 – 23, 2017

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April 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,021
  • Today’s word count: 145
  • Thoughts: I’m having such a hard time writing lately. I don’t know why I’m struggling, but it is happening.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write some more. I’ll get through this eventually. It’s just a matter of not giving up.

April 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,277
  • Today’s word count: 256
  • Thoughts: Eh… I wish I knew why I was struggling so much. I did manage more words today so I’m hoping I’m working through whatever is going on with me and my writing. There’s motivation to write, but the words certainly don’t want to come out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to do the writing thing some more. I’m not hating what I’m writing. It’s just not wanting to leave my brain.

April 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,581
  • Today’s word count: 304
  • Thoughts: I seem to be clawing my way back to better word counts. It might not seem like much, but the gradual increase in word count this week has been a real struggle. There’s a lot going on in my mind lately and I’m not sure just yet what it means for my writing. I think the next few months will bring a lot of changes to my writing and possible to this blog.
  • Tomorow’s goal: More writing. Revising, possibly. I should revise, but I feel like I need to focus on writing more words to make up for the pitiful word counts lately.

April 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,822
  • Today’s word count: 241
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. At this point, I’m trying to take the pressure off. If I can make writing fun again I think my progress with this novel will pick up again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing, but no pressure. I’ll write what I write.

April 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 57,866
  • Today’s word count: 44
  • Thoughts: Yeah. I gave myself a bit of break today to see if it helped at all. I think it did. The few words I did write were the result of me feeling like writing just before I went to bed. I didn’t have to force myself to sit down and write them. It was nice.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing! Let’s go!

April 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 58,215
  • Today’s word count: 349
  • Thoughts: Better. Not great, but better. I’m fighting my way through all this muck that’s bogging me down lately. I think I’ll be through it soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More of the same!

April 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 58,369
  • Today’s word count: 154
  • Thoughts: I barely slept and I couldn’t stay asleep for long when I tried to nap so I spent the day feeling almost painfully tired. It destroyed my concentration and my will to work. I tried to push through with minimal results.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After getting some quality sleep I hope to make up for the poor word counts I’ve had over the last week or so.

How’s everyone’s writing going? I know many people are participating in CampNaNoWriMo this month. Are you finding it difficult to concentrate and produce consistent word counts? I’m wondering if it is just me or if it has something to do with the season/weather.

Looking back, things weren’t quite this bad during April last year, but I struggled during March. I know some personal circumstances played a part in last March’s low word counts, but part of it could have been the changes in weather brought about by spring.

CampNaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap

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Can you believe we’re already this far into April?

For me it feels like the first weekend of Camp was just a few days ago. I wish Camp had just started a few days ago. Then my word count would be great!

At this point in the month I know I won’t be reaching my goal. Now it is just a matter of seeing how close to finishing I can get. At long as I write more than I do in an average month I think I’ll be happy. Last month I managed to write about 11,500 words so 12,000 seems like a reasonable consolation prize of a goal for April.

Life just hasn’t been kind to me this month. I usually try not to blame my low or inconsistent word counts on anything other than myself, but this month has really done its best to drag me down. So far this month, one of my grandparents has been in the hospital multiple times and I’ve been trying to care for a fish with recurring health issues at home. I feel like part of my brain that should be used to writing is filled up with thoughts about illness and worrying.

For the end of CampNaNoWriMo, my goal is to use writing as a refuge. I want to reclaim that part of my mind and carve out a worry-free space just for writing.

Sometimes life makes us rearrange our priorities. Right now I want to work on reclaiming an equilibrium in my life and in my mind. There’s always going to be something for me to worry about. It’s part of life. I just need to make sure I keep doing the things I love once the period of crisis has passed.

How was the third week of CampNaNoWriMo for you? Did you change your goal before the cut off date? Have you validated your word count and claimed your win? Are you struggling with problems that have nothing to do with writing like me? Let me know in the comments!

Writing Progress April 10 – 16, 2017

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April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,217
  • Today’s word count: 792
  • Thoughts: Getting better! I can feel my writing muscles getting back into shape!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep writing! Let’s see if I can do better tomorrow.

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,766
  • Today’s word count: 549
  • Thoughts: Well, it wasn’t an improvement on Monday’s word count. I was struggling today. The words just didn’t want to flow today. I feel like I worked harder to write fewer words. That’s never fun.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I hope I can get past the problems I’m having and get the words out.

April 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,899
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Today was not a good day. I did not sleep well and it came back to bite me almost instantly. My mind and body were both rebelling against me all day and I just could not muster the energy to make writing happen.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revise. Write. Sleep. I need all these things equally.

April 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,890
  • Today’s word count: -9
  • Thoughts: Revisions are the worst thing ever for my word count. Not only that, but the chapter I’m revising this week was written while I wasn’t feeling well and it is full of sick!Bridgett logic. Lots of repetition and faulty logic to correct. Yay!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish up this week’s revisions and get back to writing (hopefully) coherent words.

April 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,786
  • Today’s word count: -104
  • Thoughts: More cutting and revisions and I’m still not done. It’s not that this chapter is bad, it’s just unorganized. Going through and organizing it is taking quite a while.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Wrap up edits. Post the chapter. Write! I miss writing…

April 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 56,876
  • Today’s word count: 90
  • Thoughts: I wrote! I posted a chapter! I did a ton of other stuff around the house. I’m exhausted, but I’m happy.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Do Easter stuff. Write before I crash from the sugar.

April 16

No writing progress made. It was Easter. I spent time with my family and relaxed. I hope this will mean I can return to writing with renewed energy tomorrow.

CampNaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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Thank goodness the second week Camp is over!

Much like the main NaNoWriMo event, the second week of CampNaNoWriMo is a nightmare. The enthusiasm from the start of the month has died away. Late night and caffeine abuse have started to take their toll. Real life starts to make loud and louder demands for your attention.

If these events were just a week long I guarantee a lot more people would stick them out from start to finish. Writing intensely for a week is hard, but the damage doesn’t really start to show until later in the month.

It’s hard to stay enthusiastic and on task for a whole month. Sometimes it is even impossible. There are twists and turns in life that we can’t anticipate and even the most motivated, well-prepared participant sometimes needs to lower their goal or step away from the contest sometimes.

If you’re having a bad month, please don’t be too hard on yourself. Lower your goal or throw it out the window entirely. Sometimes priorities have to change.

I’m just far, far behind on my goal. If you’re like me, don’t be discouraged. If it will help keep you motivated, consider lowering your goal some something attainable now that you know what your pace is like this month.

Or not. I’m stubborn. My goal is staying high and if I fail, I will fail knowing that I tried to push myself beyond my comfort zone.

Do whatever you need to do to keep from getting discouraged. Falling short of my word count goal doesn’t keep me up at night, but not writing at all really bothers me. You might be the opposite or have a different pet peeve entirely.

Now that we’re at the halfway point of the month, we need to look at what is working and what isn’t. We’re only halfway through this challenge. Do what you need to do to stay in the game.