I have reached the end of another Camp NaNoWriMo experience.
The weather was good, the marshmallows tasty and the words managed to seep out of my head and onto the screen, which was the point of the whole experience so that was a good result!
I finished the month with 50,128 words of LttV written. Breaks down like thus:
- I wrote on 19 of the 31 days which is 61%;
- 18 Chapters and 35 scenes are complete;
- The average word count for the 19 days was 2,641;
- That extrapolates to 80k words if I’d done that every day;
- I managed two days over 5,000 words.
I have a chart for all you geeks out there!
The first week we were on leave so other than day two when I was unwell, I was delighted with the good start. Then, when I returned to work the evening writing stopped and I relied on weekends to get me through the challenge. The only exception to this the last couple of days as I was DETERMINED to hit the 50k mark in July.
And I did, so it was worth it?
At the end of my second experience of Camp NaNoWriMo, what have I learned?
I was beginning to think I might be transforming into a Pantser! That feeling only lasted a while as my writing over the final weekend stagnated as I reached the end of my planning. I didn’t know where to go and that slowed my progress.
When I have a plan the characters can choose to ignore it for a while. They go off on their tangents and I use the plan to steer them back after a couple of scenes or chapters.
When I DON’T have a plan they stand around and stare at me. Expecting me to come up with all the answers.
I’ve learned that I REALLY am a Planner. I will continue to embrace it.
I’m taking the weekend off to plan the final third of the book. I know what I want to happen, but I will bullet out the chapters and scenes to steer me away from the rocky road of the dreaded blank page and the staring characters.
If you participated in Camping this year, I hope you achieved what you hoped for and the writing is going well. If not, I highly recommend having a go at this challenge. If you’re interested, the original NaNoWriMo will take place again this November.
I haven’t finished this draft yet, but I hope to by the end of August and I’ll have the thrill of the challenge to thank for it.
Happy writing and thanks for reading.
A random photograph. I attended a training event in Salford Quays recently as whilst in the kitchen fetching a drink I took this picture of the view from the window. I could get used to working so close to water!
- Camp NaNo. End of Day 15 (petedenton.wordpress.com)