July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4

The fourth week of Camp NaNoWriMo has come to an end. This is the week where I feel like I truly hit my writing stride. I may not have felt like writing every day, but when I sat down to do it, I fell into a steady rhythm of typing. As the end of the month approaches, the pressure is on to hit that final word count goal. While I am not rushing as I have in previous NaNoWriMo’s, I still feel that desire to end strong. At least my story and characters are behaving themselves as I try to navigate their world for the second time and give them a better foundation than what I originally gave them. Without any more delay here is my July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4 update.

Curious about how the previous week went? Check out my week 1, week 2, and week 3 updates.

July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4

Day 19

After spending the day drafting several blog posts, I wasn’t expecting much. After all, I had already written hundreds, if not thousands, of words so I figured the writing tank was on empty. But after reading over what I had written the day before, I felt compelled to write. In less than an hour, I had added 939 words to my novel.

Day 20

One good writing day deserves another. I was feeling inspired to write and while I likely could have written more than I did, I didn’t want the quality of it to drop. After all, I’m working on my first set of rewrites, so the better I do this round the less I will have to edit in the future. I took very little effort to write 1284 words.

Day 21

I can’t fully recall all that I did this day, but I know my writing took a bit of a backseat. Sometimes it happens. But I couldn’t completely ignore my writing either. After all, my characters were waiting to start the next leg of their journey. With the help of a couple of writing sprints and just a bit of chocolate, I was able to write 734 words.

Day 22

Today’s big challenge was writing a scene that introduced a few new characters. Sounds easy right? Well, yes, unless you have a problem naming characters as I do. I swear I spent more time looking for names than I did working on the actual scene. Even so, I eventually managed to write 1152 words. We will see if those names stick come the next round of editing.

Day 23

I had so much to get done this day that I almost didn’t get any writing done. But I squeezed in a word here and there between tasks and by the end of the day had managed to write 824 words.

Day 24

This was an incredibly hot and busy day. My morning was spent outside tending to the yard and garden before the temperature rose too much. Honestly, I was going to just skip writing today because my brain felt like mush from the heat. But after a long rest and plenty of water, I was feeling better. It actually surprised me how quickly I was able to write 935 words.

Day 25

I finished off the week strong. Honestly, I hadn’t expected to do so well this day, especially since I got my writing done in the late morning and I normally don’t do well with writing until the evening. I guess that just shows how connected I have become to the story. This was by far my best writing day of the month, adding 1462 words. This brings my total word count so far to 23358.

I feel like this has been my strongest writing week so far this month. But part of that is that I’m once again truly falling in love with the story that I am working on and really want to see it come to life. The rough draft I wrote before was decent but certainly needs quite a bit of work to get it closer to a finished story. I am really happy with the progress I have made so far. As you can see, my word count is a bit ahead of where it needs to be.

I hope you enjoyed my July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4 update. Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how is your progress?


  1. I’ve never done NaNoWriMo and I have nothing but the deepest admiration for those who do tackle it! Quite honestly, I don’t think I have the discipline to undertake a task like that, so massive kudos to you, Sarah! Lisa

    1. Thank you! It does take some practice to commit to such a huge writing task but I’m glad that I do it regularly because it allows me to explore the stories I have tumbling around my mind.

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