I made it through the camping experience and have burst through the 50,000 words barrier. I have a badge to prove it. Yeeeeehah.
The truth is it doesn’t feel like I’ve won anything yet. Sure, I’ve written over 50k words in one month, but the novel isn’t finished yet.
To be honest, I can’t quite believe that I’ve managed to keep writing and do this challenge. In late July I didn’t even want to take part, couldn’t focus on my writing and thought about deleting the participant picture off the blog and pretending I hadn’t signed up to take part.
But I didn’t do that. So, what have I learnt?
NaNo motivated me to embrace writing every day. I try to put a few words down on paper or screen every day. This year I manage to write on around 1 day out of every 3. Or 1 in 4.
This month I challenged myself to write every day and I did it!
Time for a chart. Notice the day when I only managed 200 words. They all count you know.
From a writing point of view, there are three types of day for me. Days when I’m on leave, weekends and the dreaded working day.
Days on leave
During the first two weeks in August I was on leave for SEVEN working days. Now, primarily this was to watch the Olympics and I did spend a lot of time watching television, cheering on #TeamGB. I also wanted to give CampNaNo a good head start.
I wrote 16,235 words on those 7 days, averaging 2,300 words a day.
I don’t work Mondays, hurrah! I changed my working pattern a few years ago to devote time for studying and after finishing my studies I kept that day for writing. My time.
I wrote 26,600 words on weekends, averaging 2,222 words a day.
Booo, hisssss. These are the days where usually I find it hardest to write anything at all. I was determined to keep the word-count ticking over and managed to write over 7,000 words, averaging 910 on a working day. Amazing, but I watched less television so I could write. Read less so I could write.
NaNo is only two-thirds of the real goal.
I aim to keep writing everyday until I’ve finished the first draft of A Scream In The Woods. I’ve finished 20 of the 30 chapters and I think another two weeks and I should finish the first draft.
If you want to get into a writing habit and force yourself into hitting some challenging word-count targets then I recommend having a NaNo experiment. I will be having another go in the future. Not sure that it will be this November, but I will do it again.
If you are participating in Camp NaNo I hope you reach the target you set yourself. Party in my tent and remember to bring some snacks 🙂