Hey Everyone! Before I start, let me just say this: Happy Easter Sunday to y’all (for those of you who celebrate) and Happy New Month (for those of you who don’t).
A lot of you might be familiar with National November Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). If you’re not, it’s all in the name. Writers from all around the world labour to write 50,000 words by the end of November. Camp NaNoWriMo, however, is when you set your own goal, is a better way of communicating with writers, and it happens twice a year, instead of once.
Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
But, let me tell you something.
As someone who once attempted to do NaNoWriMo last November, I can honestly say that it is hard. Not only did I not meet my writing goal (I got like 8,000 words in), I spent most of the month – and weeks after – feeling bad for myself because I didn’t meet the goal.
The feeling isn’t good.
And, I honestly did try to write every day. For the first three days, I got out 2,000 words per day. I woke up earlier, used my journal more, and, quite frankly, I was on fire.
But, I burnt out. I had exams, co-curricular, and socialisation (ugh) to worry about. My birthday and book launch was happening on the 15th and 19th respectively, and I had last-minute edits, testimonials, acknowledgements, dedications, beta-readers, cover art etc that just about consumed me. To top it all of, I actually got sick the week before exams and I had to be on a drip for a couple of them. I went to the hospital on my birthday for goodness sakes!
All in all, life happened.
But, that’s okay.
It took me a long time to realise that not everything will go according to schedule. As a very time-conscious person, and a bit of a perfectionist, this was a huge blow to me.
I’m starting this Camp with a (slightly) blank canvas and a (fairly) open mind. I’m going to try and write 10,000 words for my first ever novel, Curse of Hearts. 10,000 because I want to see if I can actually stick to it this time and since I was able to get 8,000 before. If I don’t make it, that’s fine. If I do, that’s even better!
All in all, just remember that writing isn’t supposed to feel like a burden. It’s something you’re supposed to do because you love it, not just to prove a point.
Hey! First post on this thing *wipes forehead*. How many of you have tried NaNoWriMo (God, that’s difficult to type) before, and how many of you are trying Camp out this April? What are your experiences with deadlines in general? If any of you want to join me, my username’s Oseremen A. I’ve attached a link.Log in or Register to save this content for later.