Its been a while since my last post. That seems to be my starting line for all my posts lately 😕 . And I always say that I’m going to get better at posting more consistently. Then, before I know it, another month or two pass and I haven’t posted a single thing.
But this time, when I say I’m going to start posting more on a regular basis, I mean it. I’ve been working on setting up a posting schedule I know I can stick to 🙂 !
I just wanted to say that I truly appreciate everyone whose followed my blog and continues to read my content, no matter how much of a time gap there is between postings.
Now let’s get to today’s post!
As you probably already know from the title, I spent all of last month participating in CampNaNoWriMo. And I’m going to be honest, I didn’t hit the word count goal of 30,000 words I had set for myself. But I’m still very pleased with the progress I did manage to make on my new WIP.
In my last post, I said I wasn’t sure which project I wanted to work on. For those who are wondering, I ended up using the time to focus on “Project Y”. That’s not the official title (I don’t have one yet) and it’s inspired by the debate on gun control in schools.
I got the idea for the story a couple of months before Camp started and I spent a lot of time trying to learn about the characters. I even wrote a opening scene back in March (which has since been cut) to get into the mindset of the main protagonist.
Week One of Camp
The first couple days of Camp, I found it hard to get started. I reread the opening scene I already had, but it didn’t feel like that was the best way to start the story. I liked certain bits of information I learned about the main character while writing it though. And since I am a chronological writer, I needed to find the scene that felt right for the beginning before I moved on.
Once I found my opening scene, things started to get even more complicated. My story is dual perspective and I had an idea of how the P.O.V. shifts were going to happen prior to camp starting, but what I had in mind didn’t fit with the new scene I had just written.
Thus started my first attempt at trying to outline my story.
I knew a lot of things about my female main character, but the male protagonist was still a mystery to me at that point. So needless to say, my first outline didn’t work out that well.
(I meant to keep track of how many words I had written each week but I forgot to record them 😦 )
Week Two of Camp
The second week of Camp started out rocky for me. Sure, I had my opening scene and I knew a lot about my main protagonist, but that was essentially all I had because I didn’t know where to go next. My outline just didn’t feel right (although it did help fill in some plot holes for me). I felt like I was still missing something big–something that would help me move forward with the writing process.
I was nearly tempted to give up on the project before I really even got started.
But, I kept writing, or at least I tried to. I would sit down with my laptop on my couch or in bed and try to get inspired again, but I would only last five minutes before I would let myself get distracted by other things. (I find that when I lose the motivation for a story idea, I start to feel like I would rather do anything else than write. Does anyone else feel that way?)
It didn’t take me long to realize that if I wanted to at least try to be successful with my goals for the month, I had to try something different.
Week Three of Camp
I started going to my local library to write. I only lasted an hour a day there, but I made so much more progress when compared to writing at home. I wrote a short scene in the male protagonist’s P.O.V. And while it has since been cut, I learned just enough about him to write my second scene, and more!
I was able to generate a new partial outline. One that was less about what was going to happen (I still prefer to let the story go where it wants to go) and more about structure and how the P.O.V.s shift from chapter to chapter.
Final Week of Camp
I didn’t get much writing done the last week of Camp. And it wasn’t because I wasn’t motivated to write, I was just too busy with other things to make time for it 😕 .
Overall, I’m happy with my monthly stats.
WORDS WRITTEN: 2,461
DAYS SPENT WRITING: 18
DAILY AVERAGE: 135
My word count probably wouldn’t have been as high if I didn’t join a cabin (a virtual writing group for Camp participants) this round. The sprints really helped get my word count up after the crippling self-doubt took hold in week two! I had so much fun participating this round and chatting with everyone in the cabin, even without hitting my goal, that I can’t wait for Round Two of Camp to start in July!
That’s all I have for this post! Did you participate in CampNaNoWriMo? How did you do? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!