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.
I’m twenty-two books ahead of schedule in my 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…
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.
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.