Hello, all, and welcome back to What I’m Working on Wednesday. This is just a weekly thing I do to talk about what projects I’ve been working on recently. And sometimes, I put out a sample of whatever I’m writing. 🙂
Right now, Camp NaNoWriMo is going on. For those who don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is a less high pressure version of NaNoWriMo. Instead of the standard challenge of 50,000 words, you get to pick your own goal. If you meet that goal (minimum of 10,000 words) then you’re deemed a winner, and you get lots of cool writer goodies as well as the thrill of personal achievement. Since I really want to finish up my novel, URBAN LEGENDS, before the end of the summer, I decided to continue working on that in favor of starting fresh. So much of what I’ve been working on this week falls under that category.
This is my first year doing Camp NaNoWriMo. In fact, I had no idea such a thing even existed until I saw a fellow blogger’s post about it. I do, however, participate in the traditional November National Novel Writing Month. Last November was my third time going for the 50,000 words in a month. I barely made it, with 30 words over the goal. *Wipes sweat off brow*. I also completed the 50,000 words my second year. The first time I participated was the only time I failed to make the goal, and that just made me more determined to do it the next time around. I also found friends who did NaNoWriMo as well, and having their support and vigilance was a huge help.
I like the Camp version because you can set your own goal, and you have cabin mates who are there to act as a support group. It’s less of a high intensity rush than a leisurely way to motivate yourself to get stuff done. It doesn’t have the thrill of the November version, though. There’s just something so sacred about the month of November. It feels like an important time, and it’s also more of a challenge, since I have a lot less time. This might sound like another reason to like Camp NaNo, but then, I like challenges.
In any case, it’s about halfway through the month, and I’m on track to meet my goal of 10,000 words. I know it’s a small goal, but that’s because I’m almost done with URBAN LEGENDS, and I don’t think there are more than 10,000-15,000 words that need to go into it. Plus, while I finish up the parts that need to be finished, I’m editing…which means every now and then I’m subtracting a thousand words. Probably not the best tactic to get NaNo done, but then, I did say I like a challenge.
What about you? Do you participate in National Novel Writing Month? Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how’s your progress going? Let me know in the comments!