July started with me as an optimistic writer, hitting my daily word count goal every day. It’s ending with me being slightly behind but determined to still write those 50,00 words for my Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge of 2019.
So, around mid-July, life started to happen. I got a new job and went in for lots of training. I adjusted my hours for my other job. I had three birthdays to plan for in the span of two weeks, two day trips to the beach with good friends, and a few adventures in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. My schedule got busy so quickly, my writing had to take a little bit of a back seat.
For the later half of July, I spent most of the time just trying to catch up. Planning to write more than the daily goal for tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, but it never actually happened.
Even now, as I write this, I wanted to write about 3,000 words today, but it’s getting late in the afternoon, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to hit it.
It’s looking more and more like I may not be able to meet my goal…
And yet… my determination has not faltered. I haven’t felt discouraged or stuck or even stressed that I may not meet that 5K goal.
I think a big part of it is that I’m still excited about this story. I know that even if I don’t hit 50k, I’ll hit it eventually, because I’m just loving the process of writing it. The more I write, the more I iron out the details of the world and my characters. I also learn more about my self as a writer, like how to get myself motivated and when I write best.
I also have a pretty good feeling that I’ll be over-writing this story, as per usual. I’m guessing this story will hit 90-100k words, which for a fantasy novel isn’t unreasonable. Still, I’ve got a long way to go until I get there, and I’m so ready for it.
With that said, I will be excited for being able to take days off from writing or writing less than needed once July is over. Daily writing is great, but not when all you’re doing is counting down the words you need left to write. I can’t wait for that, to be honest.
Today is the 22nd, so I’ve got about a week and a half to reach my goal. I’ve got around a little under 36,000 words. I’m hoping to reach 40,000 by Wednesday, the 24th. That way, I’ve got plenty of time for the last 10k.
I’m still rooting for myself. I want to win this challenge, and more importantly, I want to write this book.
Come back on Wednesday to see if I actually won Camp NaNoWriMo 2019.