Waddup Savi Crew!
Is it just me, or did this week fly by? All I know is, I blinked and it was Friday all of a sudden! Camp Nano is halfway over… Yikes! And even though I’m WAY below par—for a goal of 50,000 words I needed to be at 21,666 words today—and as of the time of this post, I’m currently at 16,138 words. In fact, I’ve been below par since Camp Nano started. Can’t say I’m too happy with that.
I’m slowly starting to realise that April is not November… NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month for my non-writing Savi crew members out there, I see you! Fun fact: I initially thought it was National November Writing Month but I digress… Anyways, it was so much easier to get my draft done during NaNoWriMo. Moreover, Trinidadians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving so when my fellow US Nano writers had to deal with that three day weekend of food, family and fun—we Trinis, didn’t.
But Camp Nano is a horse of a different colour and I’ve had to adjust and re-adjust my writing schedule several times to make up word count. To be fair, there is a newborn in the house and anyone who has (or has had) a newborn in the house can attest that life definitely changes with their arrival. But I don’t want to lay blame on my beloved nephew—he’s perfect—so I won’t be doing that.
However, my Camp Nano cabin mates who I officially shouted out last week (if you haven’t already, please check out my previous blog where I posted all there links so you can subscribe to their YouTube channels) have been throwing out random word sprints (particularly Becca C, hey girl!) and that has been a great help in reviving my dying word count.
Another fun exercise that’s been helping my draft for Camp Nano is initiated by Kate Cavanaugh (another member of my cabin and one of my new favourite people, hey chica!) who has been challenging us writers to post the first line of our novel draft, the favourite lines, etc. This exercise has encouraged me to have faith in my work and allow myself to be judged by other fellow writers by putting myself out there before polishing my novel to the best it can be. As a perfectionist, that’s been difficult but the positive feedback has certainly taken my story to places I’ve never thought it could go!
If there’s anyone out there who has wondered if they should participate in Camp Nano or even the regular November Nano and you’re debating if you should, please consider it! There’s another Camp Nano in July so there’s enough time to start prepping for that—if you’re interested. The great thing about Camp Nano is that you can pledge hours instead of word count. So, you can commit to completing 30 hours on your novel draft which can be a novel, poem, script, novella, song lyrics, etc. Camp Nano is meant to challenge writers to get out their comfort zone and take risks with their projects and see what they can come up with.
I chose to draft my YA anime-inspired fantasy series for Camp Nano because it’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. And while it has definitely been a challenge, I am content with the story progress and what has evolved during the writing stage that would have never come out in the outline stage (not unless I plotted the ENTIRE detailed story but I’m a plotter/pantser hybrid so that’s a negative).
As we quickly approach the third week of Camp Nano, I know that the month can either get really busy or really dead (this time last November things started to pick up and thankfully I’d written more than the slated word count in the earlier days of November so I was able to lose a few days without suffering significant word damage, if you will) and I’m curious to see whether or not I can attain my 50,000 word count before April 30th. I believe I can do it. I don’t like to leave my goals incomplete—it drives me nuts!
Anyways, I’m rambling which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now.
And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!