I hesitate to write this post today, but considering I said I wanted to update my progress during Camp NaNo every week in a vlog-not-vlog style and then did not post a single post about that, I thought I would do a larger overview of how Camp NaNoWriMo went for me this month, excluding today.
Yes, that’s right. I’m not actually done NaNo. And as it so happens, I have about 10,000 words to write today, but we’ll get more into that later.
For now, here is my Pre-Post Camp NaNo Recap:
The Blissful Beginning (Week One)
The beginning of NaNo and my novel went extraordinarily well.
I was averaging about 2000 words a day because of my strict 5am wake up time. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved being back in a world of which I was so fond. But perhaps the most important thing I discovered was my love of fiction.
It had been almost a year since I had actually sat down and drafted a novel. I had done plenty of creative and even fun academic writing through my history classes and creative nonfiction class, as well as through my blog. But when I sat down to write about Issac Normal, the words came quickly and easily and I was immediately captured by them. I regret not putting more time into fiction writing during the last year as the first week of writing completely relaxed and rejuvenated me in a time when stress was really high (finals were just around the corner.)
End of the Week Word Count: 14,649
The Less-of-a-Downward-More-Like-a-Neglect-Spiral (Week Three)
During this week, I flew to home with my brother to see our family. I wrote on the plane as best as I could, and I had a couple productive days while I was there, but most of my time was spent with family, and at this point I still thought I would be completely fine to finish in the last week. I had a wonderfully relaxing time with my family, and so I’m fine with the slower writing progress that took place that week.
End of the Week Word Count: 19,504
The Last Week of Rush (Week 4)
That’s this week.
And to be completely honest, it took me another three days after I got back from visiting family to actually sit down and write. To be fair, it was a big day. I woke up at 5am and starting writing. My plan was to write 10,000 words.
The first 5,000 came relatively quickly and easily and I was at about halfway to my 10,000 word goal by lunch. But after lunch, things took a dip. I lost a lot of motivation and got discouraged by the way the story was going (even though in my brain I know it’s a first draft and nothing I do in this draft is set in stone or has to stay this way!).
After a coffee break, (only the second cup of the day, I might add! I started using a water drinking app and I don’t have time to fill up with coffee when I have so much water to be drinking!) I revamped a bit of the story, changed the direction I wanted to go for the ending, came downstairs and started writing. It took me until almost midnight, but I got my 10k day done, but I was left wondering what the climax of my story was going to be and how I was going to finish the book in roughly 10,000 words.
A highly successful day, that was followed by two days of intense illness that went from my head to my the bones in my legs. I ached and hurt everywhere and only wrote about 800 more words after my 10,000 word day.
This has put me at a Word Count of 30,297.
Meaning, I have 9,703 words to write today in order to finish on time.
I don’t really know how to get the story from its current point to the next plot point, but for time’s sake, I might let future Chiante handle that by skipping to the next plot point and writing to the end of the story. It’ll be an intense day of writing, but if I can get into a groove, it should be doable. Once April is officially finished I will do my full recap, including how the last day of writing went.
Above are some of the concept art I created for this book. The top left is a daryan–think mermaid dog. Bottom left is the captain of the ship Issac finds himself on. She’s a centaur (half-human, half deer). And the right is the mock cover I created for the book. It’s a bit wonky, but it fits the style of the story, so it works for my purposes.
How is Camp NaNo going for you? Did you reach or goal or are you still writing?