CampNaNoWriMo always comes with a unique set of struggles. The energy is different from the main NaNoWriMo event. The community is smaller for camp and the ability to set our own goals is both a blessing and a curse.
Even the weather works against us during Camp. I know the weather is just about the opposite of my experience for friends in the southern hemisphere so I cannot speak for their seasonal-related struggles. These conditions will mostly apply to my experience, which are probably similar to the experiences of other writers in my region of the world.
Normally, the distractions in April come from warm weather and increasingly green landscapes. We want to be outside soaking up the sunshine between rain showers. It can take us away from our writing, but it can also bring inspiration through renewed energy.
Writing this month is a struggle because winter refuses to loosen its grasp. The dark, dreary, cold weather works to our advantage in November. The transition from bright, crisp fall to dark, frosty winter is in full swing. We enjoy it and use it to our advantage because the transition makes it new. So far, this month is not so different from November weather-wise, but now it is nothing new. The near-constant cold and ever-present discussion of forecasted snow showers wear on our nerves. We want warm days and green as far as the eye can see. So far, we’re just getting more winter.
Maybe the weather will improve as the month progresses. I hope so. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get back to my normal Camp struggles of wanting to spend my days outside instead of writing.
What’s the weather like for you? Are you feeling discouraged this month like me?