Camp NaNo was so fun, I hate to see it end. I had a GREAT cabin, with some of my writing buddies from NaNo last year and some new friends. And we made incredible progress! A couple of us had hard months and didn’t meet their goals, but hey, that happens sometimes. The important thing is to get up and try again next time. But of the 12 of us, 8 of us met our word counts, and one came close enough for horseshoes.
Hooray for us!
Collectively, we got to 95% of our total cabin word count goal, can you believe it? Hey, I’ve done a lot of grading in my career, and I can tell you what 95% means.
GRADE = A
Personally, I learned that if I put everything else aside and concentrate on writing, I really can get 6000-7000 words written in a day, and still have time free and energy to go out that night. In fact, it’s fun! So uh-oh, that’s it: no more excuses for me.
I’m a little happier than I was when I intially “won” Camp NaNo a week ago. My word count goal was 20,000, with the idea that I only needed 10 more chapters to finish the first draft. I got to 20,000 and was frustrated that I still hadn’t finished the first draft. Well, as of April 30, I got to 31,000 words and 16 new scenes/chapters. And I still haven’t finished the first draft.
IT JUST WON’T END…….
But you know what? That’s fine. These are some dang fine scenes, and I have a lot more of them now, on May 1, than I had on March 31. I have a much better idea what other scenes I’m going to need. My characters are more or less behaving themselves, they just have more to say (and do) than I realized. I’m feeling good about this. As though, just maybe, this entire first draft might really be finished at some point in the not-so-distant future. This could actually happen!
So, I promise to get back to posting flash fiction soon. In the meantime, I wanted to post a shout-out to my AWESOME cabin mates from Cabin Plot Bunny. You’re the greatest!
In order of signing up:
- Megan from Invisible World
- Sonya from Only 100 Words
- Sammi Cox
- Melony from The Write Melony
- Lou from The Storyteller’s Abode
- GaH_Learner from Flights of Fancy
- Ruby from The Mind Junkyard
- Lynn from Word Shamble
- Alona from Alona’s Writing Corner
- Casey from Hypervigilant.Org
- Nandini from Pages that Rustle
To everyone else out there, I hope your April was productive and fun. If I haven’t been stopping by your blog as much as usual, I apologize, and will try to make the full rounds this week.