With a Fizzle…

So I did Camp NaNoWriMo for July. Technically, I’ll have won once I verify my word count. Yet, this is the least exciting victory yet.

Back in April, I churned through 30,000 words for Camp NaNo and felt genuinely accomplished. It was a challenge, but not impossible. After doing NaNo in November, writing only 30k in a month seemed sort of easy. 1,000 words a day, how hard is that?

Well, July came in to steal that sense of victory.

First of all, I’m a children’s librarian. That means that June and July are Summer Reading Club at work. Which means all day, every day at work is hectic and most of the responsibility falls to me. I decided to set my word count at only 10,000 so I wouldn’t feel strained.

Well, after a few days I was zooming ahead of my goal and started to feel cocky. I started bumping my word count goal up until I got to 20,000.

Flash forward to the third week. I am tired. I had a bad allergic reaction to who knows what that made me feel horrible for several days. Work is eating me up, and the words aren’t coming.

So I admitted defeat. I rolled my word count back down to 10k, checked my current total (10,880) and called it done.

And so I won Camp NaNo for July 2015. Not with a bang, but with a fizzle.

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Better Late Than Never

I have not been in the writerly way as much in the last few months. I am taking a break from my MFA program since my day job has been so busy. However, I did do one thing…

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I finished the April 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo with a word count of 30,000. While this was not my first Camp, it was my first success. I made an attempt last year but bailed about about 5,000 words because I really had not plotted out my story and was writing blind.

I have learned – I am not a pantser. I need an outline to be successful. Especially when I need to have a high output, like during NaNo.

My historical fiction project is not a little over 80,000 words and it is so not finished. I expect it to be about 100,000-115,000 when finished. Then I plan to trim a fair amount during revisions.

I am still deciding whether to do July’s Camp. I probably will, but I think my word count will need to be on the low side. Summer Reading Club is about to start at work and I am basically the sole person in my library in charge of it. I expect a hectic summer.