Heading home from Camp NaNo

Well, I finally did it!  I won Camp NaNo!


How did I finally do it?  Well…by setting my word count goal to only 5,000 words. HA!

I’ve written more than 5,000 words nearly every month I’ve done NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo, so I had a really good chance of winning this time.  But I’m still proud of what I accomplished.  And it was still really gratifying to see this on my screen:

campnano win

My WIP, called Oochigeaskw, stands at 30, 586 words and I’m just reaching the end of Act II or so. I was hoping to get through the end of Act II, but oh well.

I feel like I have a pretty good sense of where I’m going from here, but the scenes coming up are going to be some of the hardest to write.  I don’t like causing trouble for my characters!  I feel bad when bad things happen to them, just like I feel guilty when I have them express my cynical thoughts.

I tend to underwrite on first drafts, so part of my strategy when I start writing for the day is to go back a few pages, read through the end of what I did last time, and add any more details before continuing on.  It helps me get back into the flow of the scene, too.

If I can continue writing 5,000 words per month I stand a good chance of finishing this draft before November so I can start a new project for NaNoWriMo.

My cabin was suuuuper quiet this time. I was in a “fantasy” cabin, but there were only 2 or 3 other people who were active, and I’m not sure anyone else won.  I don’t know if this was beneficial to my writing or not.

How was your time at Camp?

5 thoughts on “Heading home from Camp NaNo

  1. Lidy August 1, 2016 / 10:45 am

    Congrats! I didn’t do camp this year but did try at camp last year. It didn’t work out because my charger blew out and I was temporarily out of access to a computer until I got to work. Plus it was April and I was doing NaPoWriMo (writing 30 poems in 30 days). And my own special poetry project interviewing 30 poets. I also plan to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I’ll be revising/editing a previous epic fantasy NaNoWriMo project. Good luck in November! 😀


    • Mei-Mei August 1, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Wow, sounds like you were up against a lot last time! Sometimes it’s just bad timing. Hope November goes well for you, too. 🙂

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    • Mei-Mei August 7, 2016 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks! I’m pretty happy even with a small accomplishment. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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