So, my Camp Nano isn’t exactly going according to plan.
I only recently broke 8k when the par right now is above 20k, so not so great. But it doesn’t bother me, like I’ve said before, it’s a personal challenge. I’m still going to write my Boxers story regardless of if I do it within the parameters of Nano, it would just be great to have 50k right off the bat.
But, I’m going to be honest about where I flubbed up so maybe you can avoid the pits I fell into, haha.
My first mistake was starting with a project that already had 14k words in it. I’m not saying it can’t be done, but here’s the problem I ran into: you come to the middle of the story much quicker than when you start from zero. I always get stuck in the middle, and I didn’t think ahead of time that starting with a project that was already well on its way would mean I would hit that point faster.
Now, that’s what’s true for me, but it’s always good to know your strengths and weaknesses. Maybe if you’re more rocky in the beginning than you are in the end, you should begin Nano with a project you’ve already started. But this was my mistake for me.
My next mistake pretty much cascaded from the first, which was that I was never able to get to the point where I wrote ahead. Normally I try to write above the word count goal of the day, so I don’t have to worry about a day or two I’m less than inspired. But because I started off in an area where words weren’t coming very well… suffice it to say, that didn’t happen XD.
Another mistake was deciding to pants through the whole thing when I’m normally a plantser. Again, this is just something true for me, which is that I can’t write very well if I don’t at least have an idea of where the story is going. I had a vague idea for Boxers WIP, but this being a space opera, I found that even just the simple act of having to name everything slowed me down a lot. If it was just one or two things, I would have had no problem using place holders, but there were so many things to name, I wouldn’t have even remembered what to put in the search term for find and replace, which would just be a headache later. So I had to waste precious time going back to the drawing board and spending a day naming and planning a little ahead. Which helped me get back in the game, but late.
Lastly, this isn’t a mistake as much as a personal observation, which is that I noticed that in the beginning of April, my brain was all over the place. My concentration was shit and I could barely keep up with anything, not just writing. But like I talked about in my last post, I’ve been working on my edits, as well as some spring cleaning, and it’s really helped clear my head. And I can tell the difference in my word count, too, so I think that was another issue I was having.
Will I finish Camp Nano this month? I really don’t know. I did start writing something, which was the point in the first place, so that’s a win in my book. Now, whether I actually win Camp Nano is another question.
Ah well, there’s always July, or November!