I haven’t done much writing this year.

I’ve done a lot of writing for this blog, but my other projects have fallen laughingly behind. Why do you think this is?

Because I’ve been reading.

A lot.

I’m twenty-two books ahead of schedule in my Goodreads reading challenge.

trishajennreads goodreads reading challenge

Seeing that last week made me realize that I need to make more time for writing. So, I’ve finally signed up to participate in something that I’ve known about for years.

This July, I’m participating in…

Camp Nanowrimo

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) takes place in November. But they also run summer camp extravaganza called Camp NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard of Nano, it’s an online writing challenge in which writers set a writing goal to achieve a 50,000 word novel in a month. The website provides a way for writers to encourage one another, get writing prompts, and track their progress. If you meet your 50,000 word goal, you win NaNoWriMo. One of my recent favourite reads, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, was a NaNo novel.

Camp NaNoWriMo occurs in July and writers get to set their own writing goal for whatever kind of project they want.

I’ve chosen the same goal as November Nano – a 50,000 word novel.

CampNaNoWriMo logo

Writing a Discovery Draft during CampNano

This month, between my day-job, going on vacation, buying a house and getting ready to move, my schedule has been packed. I haven’t done much planning for my CampNano project.

But I have a collection of ideas, random notes, and scattered scenes in my head, in the notes feature on my phone, and scribbled in the little notebook I keep in my purse. I’m going to use these notes to write as much as I can in a discovery draft.

I’m setting the goal, I’m finding the accountability partners, I’m going to write.

I can’t guarantee this project will be readable. It may be a complete mess. But as a reader, I’ve always dreamed of writing my own book. I have drawers and boxes and files full of partially-finished drafts. It’s time I changed that.

What goals do you have for this summer?
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo?

  1. For me, writing is like a tap that switches itself on and off. I have some control. I can decide to put my little leaky basket under the tap and be wetted. I can choose to stick my nose up the tap to wonder why nothing is coming out.
    When it comes I am elated and my family complains. When tragedy strikes the tap dries up for a while. I digest the hardship and my craft improves. At this time of year my creative energy is low. I am ragged out. After a summer’s rest I’ll be much more eloquent, promise!

    • Thanks! I’m stoked. And a little overwhelmed. I haven’t planned at all. I got back from vacation last night and spent the whole trip reading instead of writing. It was super relaxing. And now, to figure out how to do nano, move, go to a wedding and host company all in the same month… 😆

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