Wow! July is over already. Where has the time gone?
Well, time to see what I read over the last month!
Books I finished reading in July:
Books I’m currently reading:
What books did you read in July? Are you ahead or behind on your reading goals for 2017?
There’s only a few days of CampNaNoWriMo left. The fourth week of Camp went really well. I wrote consistently every day. That’s an accomplishment in and of itself. I usually have at least one day every week that just doesn’t work out the way I hoped. That didn’t happen this week.
Now, even with all of my success on the consistency front, I’m still not likely to win Camp this time. I’m still far behind. There’s nothing to say I couldn’t have a couple fantastic days and manage to win, but I don’t think that’s likely. At this point, I’ll be more than happy just to continue my consistent, steady pace.
NaNoWriMo is supposed to be about building good writing habits. A lot of times, even when I win, I don’t walk away with better habits than when I started. I’m a procrastinator by nature so the end of the month is always a mad dash to make up for the words I should have written in weeks prior. Writing thousands upon thousands of words in 48 or 72 hours is a pretty sure way to burn out. I do it to reach my goal and then I need a break. Taking that break erases any writing habits I might have been forming.
Instead of sprinting to reach my target word count this month, I’m going to try staying consistent. If I don’t burn myself out sprinting to a win, I might be able to keep up this pace in August. I think keeping a consistent pace will get me more words written in the long run. Since I’m writing serial fiction, building up a consistent writing habit is better for me overall. I’d slid into a lot of bad habits over the last few months and the stress from those bad habits just made it harder for me to get my work done. CampNaNoWriMo has helped me break free of that cycle and I don’t want to go back to the way things were before.
How’s CampNaNoWriMo going for you? Have you won? Have you cultivated a good writing habit this month?
There’s only one week left of CampNaNoWriMo. Where did the month go?
This week, for the first time ever out of all the times I’ve attempted CampNaNoWriMo, I lowered my word count goal. I’ve never won a CampNaNo event. Whether I set a high goal or a low goal, I always seem to lose momentum and not have the motivation to do a big catch up at the end of the month.
Part of the reason I’ve never lowered my goal before is because I’m stubborn. Another reason is that winning CampNaNoWriMo isn’t the most important thing to me. I participate because I have fun and I like the extra encouragment, interaction and reason to push myself to write more. Winning Camp just never felt like a vital part of the experience the way it is for the main NaNoWriMo event. It might just be me, but the laid back atmosphere takes the pressure to hit the goal I set and throws it out the window.
I’ve often set unattainable goals for Camp. I’ve written 50,000 words or a bit more in a month on multiple occassions in the past, but I’ve set even higher goals for CampNaNoWriMo during the last few sessions. It hasn’t gone well. I haven’t even approached 50,000 words during those months.
This month I started out with a goal of over 73,000 words because I wanted Inbetween to have a total word count of 150,000 by the end of July. By the start of this week, I knew that was not going to happen. I decided on Monday to lower my goal by 50,000 words. Now I’m trying to get the project’s total word count to 100,000 by the end of the month. It is a lower goal, but one I will still need to work to acheive. Writing 10,000 words in a month isn’t too difficult for me anymore, but I rarely make it to 20,000 in a single month outside of November.
How’s CampNaNoWriMo going for you? Have you validated your novel for a win? Have you changed your goal this month to a more realistic target?