Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 Update


Lost Inspiration

This week did not go as planned. I know I’m not going to win NaNoWriMo because I don't have as strong motivation to write. I feel like I've lost a lot of writing motivation in general lately. Last fall, I was so inspired to write. It just came easily. Or at least more easy than it does now. This week my writing goals were extremely off.

wasn't able to write daily but on the days I did (even though it felt 100% forced, I was able to write for about 10-15 minutes. Although I wasn't able to achieve much during those short periods, I was able to increase my word count even slightly. A small increase is better than no increase so I'm going to try to not be so hard on myself about not making the rest of my goals.

I wanted to try to write at least 800 words a day and I'm sad to say that it didn't happen. Actually, I didn't get anywhere close to it. I wish I had done a couple writing sprints but since I'm getting adjusted to a new schedule and work load, I am more tired at night than I'm used to. I'm hoping that I can get some energy gained back this weekend so that I can get a little bit closer to my goal. I'm not optimistic about winning this one but that's okay. I tried and am learning new writing methods. I guess that's all I can really do at the end fo the day.

Due to me not writing 800--1000 words a day, I wasn't able to reach my goal of 12,500 words. In fact, I wrote just under 1,000 words this week in total. It's sad and I'm disappointed in myself but I'm doing the best that I can and that's all that matters at the end of the day.

Camp NaNoWriMo Care Package (Week 3)

Sarah Raughley is the next April Camp Counselor! She has provided this week's care packages:

I personally don’t subscribe to the idea that you should never read what you’ve already written while you're still drafting. I mean, I get it—you want to keep the writing momentum rolling. But as the weeks go on and the writing gets a little harder, sometimes you might find it more difficult to keep going. I really recommend going back and re-reading the early scenes that you just love. Don’t bother with the ones you hate or the ones you will probably cut. When you find yourself in a rut, read those brilliant YAAAS moments to recharge the fuel!

Find a scene, chapter, or even just a character description you've written that you feel really proud of. What do you love about it? How might you be able to use this to keep your interest and enthusiasm alive for the rest of your project?

Week 3 Word Count

Starting Word Count: 6,578
Ending Word Count: 7,573

Quick Day Overview

Day 14: Today I had a bunch of housework I had to do during the day so I wasn't able to dedicate some time to writing. But, later this evening, my brother came over. While they were busying playing video games (Fortnite, to be specific), I decided to try to get in about 20 minutes of writing. In that time, I was able to 617 words. It's not as much as I would ideally like to write but I'm proud of myself for getting something written.

Day 15: I had no motivation to write today. At this point in my story, I felt bored writing it. I felt like "What's the point of writing today if I have nothing interesting to say? It's been hard for me to get into just writing things down lately because I'm not even interested in them. I've been trying to figure out where my inspiration went and how I could get it back so that I can finish the month strong. 

Day 16: I was busy today but was planning to do some writing on my way to work. But, sadly, I ran out of data so I wasn’t able to access my work during my commute. But I wrote for 15 minutes this evening and was able to write 56 words in that time. I'm still not in the good inspiration place so the words did not come easily today.

Day 17: Sadly I got 0 words written. I really don't like where my characters are right now. I think that I need to stop writing the scene that I'm currently in and move onto something else. What would that be? I guess that's the main problem right now and why I have been struggling the past few days. 

Day 18: As the week comes to an end, I knew that I had to focus to get working towards my word count. Before I started work today, I sat in a coffee shop down the road so I could use their wifi. I had time to write for about 10 minutes. I had told one of my friends I was struggling with my story and she suggested that I work on writing things that happened before the story begins and I liked that idea. So I actually stopped writing my story and went back before my character was able to enter the story. It proved useful because in 10 minutes I was able to write 199 words.

Day 19: I had a busy day today. Sadly, I didn't have time to write. I had been hoping to do most (if not all) my writing while commuting this month. But I ran out of data (as mentioned earlier) so that was not a possibility for me. I was going to write during my lunch break since I have wifi at work, but I didn't have time to do more than just focus on eating. No time for multitasking today. When I got home, I went to the gym and ate. Before I knew it, I ran out of time so I wasn't able to write today. I wish that I had though.

Day 20: On my lunch break today, I sat down and continued to work on the "prologue" or "prequel" to my story to help me with world building, and hopefully find a new inspiration from there. During the 10 minutes that I dedicated to writing, I was able to write 123 words today.

Week 4 Goals

  • Write for a minimum of 10 minutes every day

  • On days you are lacking inspiration, go back and read a favourite scene to get inspired. Then write a bit

  • Reach 15,000 words