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:
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?