Camp NaNoWriMo: Final Results

Camp NaNoWriMo Final Results #amwriting

Camp NaNoWriMo ended yesterday and my final tally was 28.25 hours, and even though I didn’t reach my goal of 50 hours, I got a lot of work done.

At the beginning of the month, I created a spread sheet to keep track of my progress. I found that out of the 31 days of Camp, I had only worked on my project 20 of those days. I was surprised. I didn’t work on my novel for 11 days!!! Think of the progress I could have made.

Oh well. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Some days I had no time to devote to writing and other days I was just lazy. What can I say…I’m human.

Overall it was a good experience. I’m back in the habit of writing on a regular basis and the story is always fresh in my mind.

The final result of Camp NaNoWriMo is that it’s left me even more determined to keep going until I write “The End” and finally finish my first novel.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 22

Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s day 22 in the writing process and I feel like I haven’t gotten a whole lot done.  I’ve put in just under 17 hours so far. In order to reach my goal, I will have to put in 33 hours of work towards my novel over the next nine days.

That is not going to happen.

I’m okay with that, though. I’ve been working steadily on this project, some days longer than others, and I’ve accomplished one important thing: A drive to get the story down on paper.  It’s fresh in my mind ALL the time. Ideas are percolating in my brain and I look forward to every minute that I can devote to writing this story.

Another interesting development is that the original story that I planned is changing. What was going to be a true romance novel, one where the focus is entirely on the hero and heroine’s developing relationship, is no longer the case. I’m more interested in the “heroine’s” story. There will be romance, but that romance is no longer the sole focus of her story, just another part of her journey.

I’m not one of those people who can sit down and just bang out a story. The process is a slow-moving one for me that usually involves plotting for a bit, writing some scenes then realizing that’s not the direction I want to go, then starting all over again. It’s a frustrating way to write, but I’m confident that it will all work itself out in the end.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 11


It’s day eleven and progress is slow going still.  By day seven, I knew I wasn’t going to reach my word count goal.  That’s when I realized something important–word count goals just don’t work for me.  Instead of following the advice of the eight gazillion books and blog posts on writing that I’ve read over the years, I’ve decided to try things my way.  I’m going to shoot for hours spent writing rather than number of words written.  My new goal is 50 hours of writing.  As of this writing, I’ve accomplished just under eight hours, so I’m still behind.  Over the weekend I hope to play a little catch up by putting in as many hours as possible. Wish me luck.