Camp NaNoWriMo August 2012: Stupidity Or Stubborness? Insanity Or Inspiration?

Since doing NaNoWriMo last November, I’ve discovered just how much I love writing, and that’s why I’m doing another noveling challenge. I’ve decided to do the August session of Camp NaNoWriMo, writing the second half of the first book in my Back In Time trilogy. Is that complex enough for you?

I’m busy enough already this month, with two online English classes, driver’s ed, and a short vacation. Did I mention that my Spanish 101 college class is starting soon too, and that homeschooling will start at around the same time? My mom is quite logically pointing out that I’m too busy to do it all, but I’m going to write a novel in a month anyway. I guess I just want to prove something to myself. I want to prove to myself that I can handle something even if I’m busy. I want to show myself that I can finish the crazy projects I start.

I wrote almost my words for today before 8:30 AM. I like to write early in the day because it’s quiet and I think better. Those two combine to make me more productive. I listened to some of Alexandre Desplat’s compositions for movie scores. It makes great writing music.

My ‘Stats’ page on the Camp NaNoWriMo site shows that I have 52,540 words out of the 50,000 required to win. However, because I’m finishing The Time Machine, most of those words are from last time. I have several unfinished chapters towards the beginning, so I’ll be skipping around in the story as I write. Therefore, I needed the wordcount of the entire document, not just from the part where I had left off. I couldn’t find any way to change my wordcount goal, so when I finish, that page will hopefully show 100,000/50,000.

At first, it was hard to get into mega-writing mode. But by around 700 words, I was on a roll. I’ve discovered that the first and last 400 or so words are usually the hardest to write. At the beginning, I need to get a good idea. At the end, I just can’t wait to finish. I checked the wordcount of yesterday’s post and it was 550 words exactly. Why is it that I write so much so quickly when I’m not even trying to write a lot?

Last night I was reading some of my favorite scenes in the Harry Potter books, as I like to do every July 31st to celebrate Harry’s and Rowling’s birthdays. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I came across this sentence from chapter 33:

“Don’t worry, Dumbledore.” [He] said coolly. “I have a plan…”

Don’t worry, Mom. I have a plan. My plan is to write 3,334 words each day instead of 1,667. I’ll do this for a few days and then I should have enough that I won’t get behind when we’re on vacation. I’ll also get up early if necessary to have enough time to fit everything in. And finally, did you know that this NaNo comes with an extra day? Normally, we have 30 days but August has 31 days this year…

And in case I don’t finish on time, well, here is another quote from the same book:

“Don’t think I don’t know how this might end. I’ve known it for years.”

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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9 Responses to Camp NaNoWriMo August 2012: Stupidity Or Stubborness? Insanity Or Inspiration?

  1. Mom says:

    I don’t know………

  2. hithere298 says:

    Good luck! And THANK YOU!!! for reminding me about Camp NaNoWriMo August 2012, because if I hadn’t seen this post I would have forgotten about it, and thus wouldn’t have had the opportunity to experience the joys (and stress, headaches, hallucinations, etc.) of attempting to write 50,000 words in a month. I’d just be sitting on the couch, bored out of my mind.

  3. Liam, Head Phil says:

    1667? That’s all? If you want to do 100k per novel, do something like 4-5k per day to get done sooner. It’s much easier.

    My suggestion to you is this: definitely go for that 3,334 word per day goal. If you find that you can actually do that in a regular day, keep that rate. Standard cycling tactics: get into a rhythm, up the pace, keep that pace. Repeat. Do as much as you can, then stay at that level.

  4. August has thirty-one days every year, did you know that? I’m just picking on you; you seem very cool. I was homeschooled too, but now I’m a geezer! My birthday is the thirtieth of August and I’ll be twenty-one. What an old fart. Reading your writing has inspired me to write a little more. Thanks.

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