Writer in Training

To Camp NaNoWriMo or No?

I have tried NaNoWriMo twice, and failed at NaNoWriMo twice.

I did Camp NaNoWriMo once, setting my goal at either 30k or 35k, and succeeded. Much like being unable to remember what my goal was, I also cannot remember where I saved that document.

And so… since life may still be quarantined and isolated and social distanced come April… I feel like a fresh attempt is in order.

So I just signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Spoiler: I also could not remember my previous log-in details. So I made a fresh account too. My username is B.E.D. in honor Blanche Devereaux’s initials being revealed when she wrote a novel on an episode of The Golden Girls.

Perhaps this will be the motivation I need.

Here’s the thing, though. I’m not good at following guidelines, even ones I set for myself. Fall a little behind and I throw up my hands in despair. That sort of thing. I’ve also got rather too many plot ideas at the moment to be able to focus on just the one.

So… for my personal purposes, Camp NaNoWriMo April 2020 will be this for me:

  • I set a goal of 30,000 words.
  • I don’t intend to write 30,000 words of one story.
  • My goal is to do 30,000 words of planning for any story that strikes me.
  • Planning can be anything from outlines to character biographies to actual writing.
  • In the end, I hope to have a better idea of which stories I can focus on to see through… possibly in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2020 or NaNoWriMo itself.

And that’s my thoughts of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Will you be writing this April? Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “To Camp NaNoWriMo or No?

  1. This seems like a great approach to camp! I’ll also be participating, and working on a third draft. I’ve managed 25K a couple times in November, but since I’ll be adjusting to online classes this April, I decided to shoot for 20K. Good luck with your writing! 🙂

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