I’ve just changed my Camp Nano goal–from 50,000 words to 15,000 words.
It makes me sad. But, I realize that I have some legitimate reasons for not making it to the grand 50,000 words.
1. I did no planning for this round of Camp Nano.
None. I had an idea–two sentences–and a paragraph of notes. That’s it. Lesson learned: plan for next time. At the very least, have some plot points and a little research under my belt. I planned to do some planning. But I went on vacation RIGHT before Nano started, and as we all know, beach vacations are for reading not writing…right?!
I had aimed to do an exploratory draft. But, with no research and such a tiny spark of an idea, it was hard to focus on getting words on the page. I kept wanting to research. But, I couldn’t get at the reference book I had in mind. Because…
2. I moved. On June 30. Into a new house. On a long weekend.
Between all the craziness of moving, plus all the visitors and the long weekend bbqs, life was super busy. And all my books are STILL in storage because moving takes a ton of time and energy and at some point you just want to say WAIT–LET ME REST FOR A BIT. Hence, over two weeks after the move, my books are still in my husband’s cousin’s basement, and thus, my reference book is there too.
3. New commute = tired Trisha
With our move, we are a lot farther away from work. Between the stress of moving and the stress of figuring out a new commute, I haven’t had a lot of energy to write. Oh, and my new commute is a little longer than I anticipated, and requires leaving the house at 6:45 AM…which is when I used to get up. But there is a plus side to the commute…
4. So many library books!
The day I returned from my vacation, which also happened to be two days before we moved, my library app let me know that three books were waiting for me at the library and that if I didn’t pick them up that day, I would be charged. Apparently they’d been waiting for me while I was on a beach in Cancun. So.. I had to go pick them up. I’d been waiting for these books for months. MONTHS! The books were: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (576 pages), Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (648 pages), and The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (423 pages). Library books have deadlines. There are other people waiting for these books. I HAD to read them. And…I got so absorbed in the stories that I didn’t get any writing done. So far this month, I’ve read both Sara J. Maas books and I’m about 30% through the Rae Carson.
5. People! Visitors! Parties!
We’ve had so many visitors by to see our new house. It’s been really nice to see people. But, alas, it also pulls me away from writing time. And drains my energy so that writing after the guests leave is super difficult. And now, this week, my best friend from Seattle is coming to town for our other lovely friend’s wedding. I’m helping with decorating and event management all Friday and Saturday and then spending much needed girl time with the bestie on Sunday. My plan is to write a crap ton on Monday after I savour the last sweet moments being in the same country as her and drop her off at the airport.
I’ve learned a lot about writing this month.
Planning, at least a little bit before I write fiction, is a necessity.
I need to schedule my writing time and force myself to sit and write. AND allow my accountability buddies to hold me accountable.
I need to keep trying to find that right idea that I can’t not write.
It’s okay to fail sometimes. I failed at nano this round–at least in terms of my original goal. I still aim to try and meet the new goal. That’s the great thing about Camp Nano.
Before attempting another Nano, the month’s blog posts must be scheduled and ready to go. I’m sorry, dear readers, for neglecting you this month. I hope that my honesty in this post has resonated with you. I promise to try to do better in the future–to keep this blog going steady and strong, even in the wildest and rockiest and busiest of daily life.
Thank you for reading this far. Thank you for your encouragement.
Are you doing Camp Nano? Please! Tell me about your experience.