Coming Soon: CampNaNoWriMo

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CampNaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

I don’t think I’ve every waited this long to start thinking/talking about my plans for Camp. There’s sort of a reason for this (and only sort of because I’m usually too excited to stay quiet anyway). I’m still working on the same project.

For months now I’ve been slowly pecking away at a new draft of The Dreams. I feel like I’m treading water which has tanked my enthusiasm.

It sucks because I love this story. At least a few other people love this story too and they’re counting on me to keep working on subsequent drafts until I have something shiny and as close to perfect as an oversized fantasy novel can get.

Maybe the pressure is getting to me a bit. I’ve been juggling two projects for a while now. I’ve written about how much I enjoy being able to switch gears with different project in the past, and I usually find having options to be freeing, but now I’m experiencing the downside to multiple projects.

I’m torn between projects.

Inbetween is a demanding monster of a story. I can’t seem to stay far enough ahead in my writing to feel comfortable leaving it alone for long. I write a couple chapters ahead, think I have a good buffer, and when I turn around it is gone and I’m left scrambling again.

If I want to make any real progress with The Dreams, I need a decent amount of time to get immersed in the story again. Lately, that has not been an option. I’ve been picking away at the same scene for a while now because of this.

Hopefully CampNaNoWriMo will give me the kick in the pants I need to turn this around. Announcing to the world that I’m going to work on The Dreams in July should take away a bit of the guilt I feel from time to time when I neglect Inbetween to work on The Dreams.

Right now the plan is to set a low goal. Not only have I been struggling to write The Dreams, but this month I’ve been struggling to write in general. To keep my goal within grasp, I’m only aiming to write 10,000 words in July. If I do really well, I’ll raise the goal, but for now I think I need to start small and give myself a chance to win.

Are you planning to participate in CampNaNoWriMo in July? Are you aiming high or sticking with a low writing goal?

6 thoughts on “Coming Soon: CampNaNoWriMo

  1. I am aiming so low in Camp NaNoWriMo next month. Like… 2,000 words low. Ha! This comes though, because I am simply working on a brand new outline for a WIP I’ve had since 2016. It’s a story that I am taking in an entirely new direction and dialogue. However, I am also still working on the final draft (pre-editor) of my debut novel that I am aiming to publish later this year… so, the very low word count goal on an outline is the best balance I can give myself while working on two projects I enjoy.

    It can definitely be a struggle juggling multiple projects! I hope this definitely provides the inspiration you need for The Dreams… and as a writer give you that extra boost.

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    • I feel like low is the way to go for Camp. They gave us the option to set our own goal so we shouldn’t squander the opportunity to aim for something achievable.

      Good luck with both your projects!

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      • I think you are spot on! The first time I did Camp I did 50k, but I’m now on my third time of it and finding it much easier to set that lower goal. lol

        Thank you! Good luck with yours as well! ❤

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  2. I will be participating, but, like you, I’ll be working on the same project again. Just with a different goal. I’m not even sure right now what my count will look like or what all will happen with it.

    Good luck with your projects. And I understand the treading water feeling. It sucks. Majorly.

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