Did you know that April is Camp NaNoWriMo month? This bi-yearly month-long writing challenge occurs in April and July. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own word count goal. You can write as many words as you want. For this time around, I decided to stick with the classic word count of 50,000 words. Like many participants, I like to spend a month or two beforehand getting ready to write. This involves picking a story, making sure any necessary prep is done and of course getting my NaNoWriMo survival kit ready. As with many of my previous attempts, I will be documenting my weekly progress on this project. This April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 update will go over how the first few days of writing went.
April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1
What project I am working on?
After spending the last four months working on improvements to my 2020 NaNoWriMo project, including a complete revamp of the outline, plenty of research and notes, developing character sheets, a map, and everything else that makes a writers life easier, I knew it was time to start rewriting this story. So, it was a no-brainer to pick this one for April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. This would make the writing process fairly easy, as I have been knee-deep in this story since November.
However, even our best-laid plans can go horribly wrong.
The first day can either go really well or terribly. I’ll admit, I wasn’t feeling overly excited about starting and it showed in how long it took me to get the words down. After several hours of picking away at it, I did manage to write 1862 words. So not a terrible start as it was over the needed daily word count. However, despite this, I was honestly questioning if doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month was a good idea. That’s not the best mindset to be dealing with on the first day.
Much like day 1, I was struggling to get going this day. I knew what I had to write, my notes and outline were sitting in front of me, but the desire to write wasn’t there. Yet I forced myself to do it, knowing that sometimes you just need to get past that hurdle and then everything flows well afterward. After sitting down for a few minutes here and a few minutes there throughout the day I did manage 3219 words. A much better day for sure. However, I couldn’t help but want to delete everything I wrote this day. I didn’t! But that’s how little I was enjoying the writing process.
I knew I had to do something drastic if I was going to continue writing this month. After a lot of thinking, I decided to change projects. I still want to rewrite my 2020 novel, but not right now. I need to step away from that project for a month or so and then approach it with fresh eyes. So, this led me to scramble to decide what other project I wanted to work on. Luckily, I have over 20 story ideas in various stages that I could choose from.
With a new project chosen, I was feeling reinvigorated to write once more. Now, this story doesn’t have any character sheets made or a full outline, but the fact that as soon as I read over some of what I had previously jotted down I felt the desire to dive into the story, I know I made the right chose. And it shows in word count as well. After a few hours of writing, including a whole lot of notes and some very rough character sheets, I managed to write 6298 words. Wow! It’s amazing what can happen with something as simple, and as complicated, as a project switch.
As you can see, despite hitting a pretty big stumbling block right out of the gate, I regained traction on day 3 and I am now actually excited to write all month long. This is especially good as I need to keep up a steady stream of words for my year of writing and milwordy challenge.
I hope you enjoyed my April 2021 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 update. Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month?