Camp NaNoWriMo Update

Okay, so earlier this month I blogged about Camp NaNoWriMo on PFHT and mentioned it here, despite the fact that I’d pretty much sworn off NaNoWriMo in its November format.

Then I discovered that Camp NaNoWriMo is a different animal entirely. First, instead of a pre-set goal of 50,000 words in a month, each participant sets their own goal for the Camp version.

Sweet! To try to get myself back on a daily writing schedule, I set a goal of 20,000 words for the month, which worked out to about 645 words a day. Two pages for me using TNR-12, so off I went, signed up, set up a tracking spreadsheet and started writing.

I’m not going to lie. Progress was slow at first and right off the bat I got behind because I was trying out a new writing program (more on that in a later post), but a fellow writer in the Arkansas chapter of RWA invited me to a writing retreat about two hours away. Just what I needed.

The first day was not so great. Granted, we only had the evening hours to write after getting checked in and I was a little rattled, having discovered while unpacking that in my haste to leave, I’d left my suitcase at home. Oops! Let’s just say that it’s a good thing I brought a few things on hangars and that few people saw me that week. Believe me when I say shopping in the backwoods of Arkansas is slim pickings. A fashion plate in Dollar General clothes, I was not.

There were four of us writing in a two bedroom condo. Lots of soft keyboard clicking going on and by the end of the week, I had over 10,000 words. For me, that’s phenomenal and half of my goal!

Back at home, my word count slowed because I don’t have eight hours a day to write. Dogs and garden and flower beds and the pool and a sweet hubby need care too. However, I’m  happy to report I’m still on track to meet my goal. I’m super-duper excited about that.

Have you set a goal lately? Did you reach it? Isn’t it a fabulous feeling of accomplishment?

About Carol Burnside / Annie Rayburn

Carol Burnside is an award-winning author of "Sizzling romance with heart and humor." She almost always has a glass of sweet tea within arm's reach.
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