Camp NaNoWriMo Week 1 Update

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Get Words Onto the Page

The first week of Camp NaNo is coming to an end. This week was my last day of my publishing program at Centennial College so, unfortunately, I was unable to get as much writing done as I was hoping to. Despite the lack of progress and success in my goals, I'm happy with how my story is developing. I feel more creative and more in-tuned with the world of the Before than I was when I originally wrote the story.

I think it's interesting to see what changes in a story when you come at it from a new perspective, after time has gone on. I feel like time was the best medicine to perfect my story. I'm so glad I was able to keep all my world-building ideas in-tact but the original way of storytelling isn't present in this draft. I can already tell that this will be the strongest draft that I have written for this world. I'm very happy with the characters I've been developing and the new world-building concepts that have been coming to me as I've been writing.

My goals for last week were to write daily and reach 5,500 words by the end of week 1. I am sad to say that I was unsuccessful in my Camp NaNo goals this week. Sad but true. All I can do is work harder at writing daily during this upcoming week so that I can meet my new weekly goals. 


Camp NaNoWriMo Care Package (Week 1)

Author Taran Matharu takes over as the first April Camp Counselor! He has provided this week's care package (and advice):

This is a secret I wish I'd been told a long time ago. It's significantly easier to start writing on a half-finished sentence or scene, allowing you to easily pick up where you left off and quickly get back in the zone. Equally, if I finish a chapter, I always make a start on the next one while the writing juices are flowing, no matter how tempting it is to sto there. That way, I don't start my next sessions staring at a blank page of a new chapter. 


Week 1 Word Count

Starting Word Count: 0
Ending Word Count: 2,996


Quick Day Overview

Day 1: I wrote 1,073. I am very impressed with this amazing start to the story because I was multitasking the entire time. I was able to write over 1,000 words while socializing with my boyfriend's mom and step-dad. The first day was a good start and a good introduction back into the world.

Day 2: I was able to write 633, despite the hangover I felt during the car ride home from Windsor. I didn't write more on the way back because I had to practice my part of a presentation for the class I had later that day. I wish I had dedicated a little bit more time to the writing so that it would have reached 800 words. I was just shy of what I should have written for the day.

Day 3: I wrote 168 words in a coffee shop while trying to pass time before my internship started. I didn't get as much writing done as I would have liked because I had a busy day. My boyfriend had an appointment at the CF clinic, which I always try to attend. Then I went to my internship around 12:30 and was working straight through until 5.

Day 4: Today I had a long day. I was gone from 8:30am until after midnight. I had no time to write today. I had a wrap party for the magazine I was working on, so I'm okay with taking a break from writing for a day. All work and no play makes Bri a very dull human. 

Day 5: Today I was able to write 626 when I got home from school. This was another day where I wish I had pushed myself to write a little bit more so that I could have reached a daily word count of 800 words, which I need in order to make it to my goal. 

Day 6: Today I had a hard time figuring out what I should write. Despite the struggles I today with finding inspiration, I was still able to write 496 words before my boyfriend got home from work/the gym. I wish I was able to write more but I'm very happy with the fact that I wrote today despite not feeling very creative. I am happy that I found the motivation to get some words onto the page (that's what Camp NaNo is all about).


Week 2 Goals

  • Write daily (try to reach 800 words)
  • Reach 8,000 words
  • Finish writing mid-sentence and/or scene