As of today, April 10, 2016, I am 1/3 of the way to my goal of 15k words for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo.
Earlier this week I thought about giving up and trying it during the summer.
The excuses included but were not limited to:
- You still haven’t queried the first book in this trilogy, why would you start the second book?
- You have so many lesson plans to write, so much work to do.
- Your house is a bloody mess. Don’t write, get cleaning.
- And the worst– writer’s block.
Sure, it’s easy to quit. I do have a lot going on in my life right now. My job takes up far more time than I thought it would as a long-term sub. My house is a disaster (really, don’t come over). And after my first day of writing this month, I had no clue where to go.
But I need to write. It’s something that keeps me sane. It’s something that I do for myself when so much of my time is devoted to making other people happy. It makes me happy (well usually, not when writer’s block hits).
So I decided to keep on going. 15k words is totally manageable for one month. And so what if I don’t write every single day (even if I have every intention to and it doesn’t happen). Weekends are great for catching up, and possibly getting ahead.
Yesterday, I caught up with my word count. Today, I’m right on target, but by the end of today, I’d like to get ahead of the game a little bit. This week is going to be just as busy as last (if not more so) and I want to keep moving towards my goal.
So if you’re thinking about giving up, don’t.
- Make your goals more manageable, if you’re doing Camp NaNo, you can make your goal less or more at any time during the month!
- Make time to write. This is easier said than done a lot of the time, but if you have 30 minutes each day that you could use to write, make it.
- Have fun with your novel or story. Because if you don’t think it’s fun, chances are that no one else will either.