This post was written on July 8, 2019.
Today is day eight of Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s been a full week of my 50,000 word challenge for my novel, and so far, I’ve written 15,140 words. The entire first week, I’ve been writing over the 1,613 suggested daily word count goal. At this rate, I’ll be finishing on the 27th.
In other words, I am on fire! Don’t mind me, but I have to say, I am so proud of myself.
With college life being my top priority, I havn’t had a daily, consistent writing schedule since my senior year of high school.
After five years of inconsistent writing schedules, I had serious doubts that I would be able to commit to writing almost 2,000 words a day.
Yet, here I am! I am on a roll, writing at the same time each day, and I couldn’t be happier. I genuinely think I have a good chance at winning Camp NaNo this month.
I’ve seen it all this week in terms of moods. I started off the first day pumped and ready for a solid writing session. There have been other days, though, where I was not in the mood to write. I was so ready to just head to bed instead of writing.
I have a calendar on my wall where I jot down my total word count each day, and the last thing I wanted was to write a zero up there.
Thanks to those days, I’ve learned ways to get myself motivated. Sometimes, I need to play my writing music over a YouTube video, to slowly transition myself into writing mode. Other times, I need to turn on my writing mood lighting in my room, get up, walk around my house, and come back to a great writing ambience. Then, sometimes I just need to put on my glasses and write one sentence. I force myself to write one, then two, then three, and eventually, I feel my story pulling me in.
So far this week, the most I’ve written is 2,999 words and the least amount I’ve written is 1,672 words. I want to try writing maybe 4,000 or 5,000 words, so I can take a day off, but we’ll see if that happens.
Though I am a pantser, having my outline has really helped my writing. I know if I didn’t have that outline, I wouldn’t gotten stuck and have easily gotten behind on my word count goal. Still, my outline has been written in a way that still allows some pants-ing freedom, which I love.
As I’m writing though, I can already feel that the climax of this book may need some major adjusting, but I’m okay with that. If I can make it better, then I’m always for changing major parts of my story.
I will say, it is only the first week. I have three more weeks to go, so I’m hoping that my motivation continues.
Writing this book has made me very excited about the series, though. I’ve found that my little candle-sized flame for writing has roared to a bonfire thanks to Camp NaNo. I’ve almost forgotten how fun it is to dive into a new world with new characters and settings.
If you’re participating in Camp NaNo, let me know! I’d love to hear how it’s going for you.
Keep writing, friends!