And so another Camp NaNoWriMo session has come to an end.
I think it turned out quite nicely if I do say so myself.
Day 27: 0
Day 28: 0
Day 29: 0
Day 30: 0
Overall Total: 58,159
I made my goal of 50,000 words on April 22. I wanted to complete the whole story and I knew 50k just wasn’t going to cut it. So I planned to write until the bitter end, but I stopped with four days to spare.
I knew what I wanted to happen next, but was unsure how to go about the whole thing. I decided to give myself a break from the story, which isn’t a bad thing.
No matter whether it’s Camp NaNo or just regular NaNo, no matter the month whether it’s April, July, or November, my stats always come out weird. And I mean weird.
My goal is always to write 2,000 words a day. I often try to get 4,000 words a day on Saturdays and Sundays since I don’t have work those days. It never ends up like that.
I do well the first week and then get burnt out. If I get really ahead, I get cocky and decide not to write the 2k words. I’ll write a little less or worse, skip the day all together. If I make my goal, I’ll just stop writing. It doesn’t matter if the draft is done or not. The pressure is off, the challenge has been won, it’s time for a break even if there are still five days left in the month.
I mean, just look at what happened in April 2015:
As you can see, there were plenty of days where I skipped writing. Maybe I was ahead, maybe I was busy, maybe I was just lazy. Who really knows?
I made it to 50,000 words on April 23. I don’t really know how I managed to finish early, but if you look close enough, you’ll notice that my count on April 22 was 45,000 words. So I wrote 5k on the 23. It must have been a Saturday.
You’ll also notice that as soon as I hit 50k words, I stopped writing.
Last April I wrote Anonymous Tip, which is a book in my George Florence detective series. I did not finish the draft.
April 2015 looks like a hot mess. But oh, what’s this?
Let’s take a look at this year’s stats…
The only way I would be able to make this look any more perfect was if I wrote 2k even every single day. But in order to do that, I would have had to stop mid-sentence. Or interrupt a great dose of inspiration.
I don’t know what it was about this month, but I did really well and I am proud of myself. This has probably been one of the best NaNo sessions I’ve ever had.
Maybe it was because I was in a slump all throughout March so my mind was raring to go again. Maybe it was because I was writing a retelling of my favorite story ever, Peter Pan.
Whatever it was, it worked.
I didn’t bother trying to write 4k on the weekends, I just solely stuck to my 2k a day. Some days I ended up writing a bit more, but that was just fine with me.
I never got bored of the story, I was excited the whole month long. I came up with new ideas and even started planning the editing process.
Overall, it was a fantastic month.
How did Camp NaNoWriMo go for you? Or are you working on a project at the moment that has you really excited?