It’s hard to say if I’m going to win Camp NaNoWriMo this April. One main reason is that I’m not done with the month. The other might be that I don’t really have a measurable goal. Today we’re going to discuss what I have worked on, what I ignored, and where my head has been this month.
I almost feel like winning the April Camp NaNoWriMo event might actually be failure. Considering the one and only time I met the goal was 2014 when I wrote Phi Alpha Pi (July was when I wrote Modern Persuasion), failing to reach the subjective goal of the project is a win. This in no way means I’ve been lazy and done nothing this month. SO MUCH HAPPENED! It helped that I took a week off to get a bunch of things done on all my projects.
One big thing that happened is that I broke through a block on Missing Auggie. I had been struggling with a few points about structure. The big one was between my perception that I needed to write the story and the reality that I need to focus on editing and restructuring. There is writing being done, but it’s mostly to flesh out and clean up. At the same time, I was feeling overwhelmed with what I thought I had to write. I also struggled with the balance between the linear story of Auggie’s disappearance and the flashbacks that needed to be thematic to show content. The flashbacks jump around in time and I felt tied to some elements that I realized might not need to be shared or could be shared later in the flashbacks. Once I got past that block, the whole thing started to fall back into place again.
Even though I took a week off from one job to focus on the other, I haven’t really been paying much attention to the Camp NaNoWriMo goals. I’ve talked before about my need to move away from writing for word count and start telling the story that needs to be told. That means, while I’m writing a lot this month, I’m not counting the words. I’ve written a bunch on short stories and other content I hadn’t anticipated wanting to write. The goal really being to jump start the writing through the entire month. I’m pretty sure I wrote 10,000 new words, but edited so much more.
What does this mean for me moving forward with the NaNoWriMo events? I’ve been talking about this for a year, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be officially participating anymore. I’ll keep up with events, maybe even register, but I won’t be working to win in any way. My entire process for writing, editing, and publishing is changing to suit my greater plans. I need to make sure it all works for me.
So, even though it’s too early to say if I won or lost the April Camp NaNoWriMo, I think it’s safe to say it’s not going to really matter. I had a very productive month of writing so far and even if I fizzle out now, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made.
What about you? Did you do Camp NaNoWriMo this month? If so, how are you doing so far?