So, Camp ended a few days ago after a busy month of trying to meet a self-set goal. This time round I was aiming for writing 30,000 words over the course of April. The reasons for this was down to the challenge I set myself at the start of the year, “1000 words a day”. As for that challenge, I’m a little way off the pace, though I’m getting caught up. But, I digress…
Camp NaNoWriMo – April 2018
I had planned to focus on two projects during April:
- A novella I was part way through come the end of March. However, come the 1st of April, I switched projects, and decided to start a new novella. The reason: the storyline of Novella #1 was moving in a direction I hadn’t expected or planned for. I needed to decide whether I was going to allow the story to do its own thing or whether I was going to go back and write the story I’d planned. It was a question I wasn’t ready to make a snap decision on. So, I had another idea fully formed (like all writers, I have notebooks and files on the PC full of ideas and outlines), broke it down and started writing. And this turned out to be my main project for April.
- With an ever hopeful heart, I was *planning* to get around 10,000 words added to last years NaNoWriMo novel. Again, I realised that it would be difficult to just jump straight back into this project as I had not had the time beforehand (as I had hoped) to get reacquainted with it enough to add words to it. Personally, I don’t like redrafting / editing until I have a workable beginning, middle and end so I can work on it as a whole. So, although I didn’t actually need a second project because my Novella held most of my focus for April, I did work on an in-depth planning project at the same time. This undertaking is another novel, and one I’m really excited about. However, I’m holding off starting it until the first draft of the novella is complete.
- Word count goal: 30,000
- Validated goal: 36,647
- Final total: I wrote an extra 1665 words late on the 30th, bringing my total to…drum roll, please…
I’m really happy with what I achieved and am really looking forward to July and the next Camp. The online writing group I’m part of, The Plot Bunnies, have a private cabin, and they are just a fantastic, supportive and knowledgeable group of ladies. They are the best and I feel immensely lucky to know them. They also did really well on their own projects – so, well done, again ladies!
I wish Camp could be held every month because I just get so much done. It forces me to focus on particular projects, but more than that, it makes me accountable.
As for my two projects, I’m still working each day on the novella and it’s coming along nicely. I should have the first draft complete in a week or two.
All in all, Camp was a success and I’m sad it is over. But then, if it didn’t end I couldn’t get excited about it starting up again, could I?
I’ve seen glimpses of loads of posts I’ve missed for those who took part in the A-Z challenge and NaPoWriMo which also took place in April. I hope this went well for everyone. It’s such an achievement to post so many posts in such a short space of time, so well done, all! Feel free to post a comment or two to tell me how it went. I would love to know.
Those of you who join in with the Weekend Writing Prompt, will have seen that the most recent prompt was numbered “52” meaning we have just completed our first year of prompts. Yay! To mark the start of year 2, I thought it would be fun to mix things up…you’ll have to see tomorrow’s dedicated post to find out what I mean…
I hope for normal service to resume as of next week. Until then, I’m going to go back and check out the responses to the Weekend Writing Prompts that I missed. I know there are going to be tonnes of fantastic stories and poetry waiting for me to delve into. Just so you know, I probably won’t be able to comment on each and every post I missed, but know that if I “liked” it, then I read and enjoyed it 🙂