I’ve signed up for April CampNaNoWriMo. There was no doubt I would be writing during the month of April, but now I need to officially settle on a project.
In an earlier post I wrote about the various projects I could pick as my CampNaNoWriMo project. Today I’m finally going to make my decision with a random number generator.
My options are:
- Inbetween (draft 1)
- The Dreams (draft 3)
- New project (planning)
And here’s the result:
It looks like I’ll be planning my new project for CampNaNoWriMo!
This should be exciting. I’ve never attempted a Camp project that wasn’t simply writing a draft. Now I have an opportunity to use a goal metric other than word count.
Spending a certain amount of time on a project instead of focusing on the number of words produced is something I’ve wanted to try for a while. It’s hard for me to get out of the word count mindset. I have personal goals for scenes/chapters/entire projects and then events like NaNoWriMo reinforce the urge to measure my progress in terms of word count.
Overall, I think word count is a great way to track progress. When it comes to first drafts, if the word count isn’t going up, the story isn’t being told. However, first drafts aren’t the only part of writing. I know I’m guilty of discounting the time and effort I’ve put into planning, revising, and editing because it appears unproductive in terms of word count. These are vital parts of the writing process and they tend to make me miserable because I’m so focused on word count that I can’t perceive my progress any other way.
Maybe next month will help to change my point of view.
My goal for April CampNaNoWriMo will be 30 hours of planning for my next serial (in addition to continuing to write Inbetween). That one hour every day for a month. I can spend that time researching, outlining, doing character sheets, or any other sort of pre-writing I want.
By the end of April I’ll be more prepared to start my next serial and hopefully I’ll have a healthier attitude about the work I do for non-draft stages of writing.
Have you picked a project for CampNaNoWriMo? What sort of goal have you set for yourself?