I survived camp NaNoWriMo & ended up having such a great time that I’m going to beg to go back next year!
Word Count: 50,404 words (a little more than halfway through my first draft)
Temptation: Now that I’ve completed my marathon to reach 50,000 words, I’m fighting the urge to go back to the beginning and make all the little repairs that have occurred to me as I’ve written. I could make that first part so nice, I think. But I know that I’ve got to push on through the middle to the end, even though I’m not sure exactly how it will all happen. Revision sounds so good right now.
November NaNo vs. Camp NaNo: People always bring up the Thanksgiving holiday when I mention doing NaNoWriMo in November. That’s just one day, though. And if you’re clever you can get someone else to invite you to dinner… If not, turkeys cook for a long time, enough time to hide and pound out a few words. If you’re visiting family, taking a writing break is a great excuse to escape for a bit, one that everyone respects and supports. Plus, eavesdropping on everyone else’s family drama at the Starbucks is fabulous fun!
Summer proved far more distracting. My kids were home, needing rides, school clothes, and entertainment. The sun was shining and sometimes just reading outside sounded so much nicer than writing something really rough. Plus, there was all that soccer. November is easier for me.
Final Care Packages:
40,000 words earned me a chocolate shake–one of those that come with the extra bit in the silver canister. So much chocolatey goodness!
50,000 words: Gummy Gators! Unfortunately, I had to settle for Gummy Hammerhead Sharks because my store no longer carries the gators… But they were delicious.
School started today, giving me back my quiet morning writing time. So I will press on finishing my WIP, without so many snacks… I’m going to miss Camp!