So for the past 29 days, I have been busily bashing away at my keyboard, bringing this story to life. I’ll admit to rebelling a little (I wrote about 3,000 words for part 2 of the story, but since it’s sort of the same thing, I guess it doesn’t really matter). It’s quite an odd feeling, really, having written 50,255 words in the last 29 days. Because when you think about it, that is a lot of words. It is also a lot of listening to music on YouTube (and a bit of Chris Evans on Radio 2).
Time to let my Inner Editor loose, and get editing!
Well, we’ve made it to the half way mark! I’m quite happy with my 11,247 words: I’m keeping to my planning 5,000 words per week challenge that I set for myself, so that’s something. Interestingly, tonight my story was hijacked by two characters who decided they wanted a scene written with their POV and in which none of my four main characters feature! Oh well, it was nice to write and explore some of the secondary characters further.
One of the main aspects of Camp NaNoWriMo which differentiates if from regular November NaNo is that participants are placed into “Cabins”, or private discussion boards, with just you and seven others. Some cabins can be very successful, with all members activity chatting with each other and meeting daily word counts. Though there is a little chat in my cabin, we have one member who was rather pushy about meeting the daily word expectations, and was always going on about she was the one ‘carrying’ the cabin. Thankfully, one of the other members told her to stop this, as it was putting people off, and she since has.
I am enjoying my story, the ability to escape into this world which I have created, and the ability to further flesh out this world with every scene I write.
Well, I’ve survived Week 1 of July Camp NaNoWriMo, and with 6,674 words under my belt, I’m pretty happy. I didn’t change my word-count aim from the 50,000, even though I don’t expect to reach it. If I can get over 5,000 words a week, I’ll be happy. Some nights after work I really can’t be bothered/am too tired to write, or, if I do write, what comes out is rather rubbish. I also have to be careful not to force myself too much: the whole point of doing NaNoWriMo is that I enjoy it. If I’m not enjoying it, then I should be writing that night.
I like how my story is coming along. I’m continuing with the story I began in April Camp, where I reached over 17,000 words in about 11 days before life/plot bunnies got in the way. So a couple more months of planning and I’m back. It’s funny how with a break, some characters that were peripheral become secondary, those you thought were may be secondary fall back (my main characters have stayed as such).
I like seeing what I come out with every time I open up my Camp Word document. It’s one of those odd phenomenoms where I know that of course I’m the one whose written what’s on the page, only afterwards, I always feel a little surprised that I have.
Is anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo? How did your first week pan out?
PS: Does anyone else have those characters that demand to be referred to by the first and last names every time you mention them? I mean, it’s good for word-count, but still!