I’m so proud om myself right now. Normally, all I can write is one chapter of 2-3k each week, which is a total of 12.000 words a month. However, a friend of mine managed to talk me into joining NaNoWriMo – or rather the CampNaNoWriMo. I actually had no hopes to reach my own goal, but I thought that at least could try. I mean, I was going to write anyway.
I was really unsure what I should do. Should I plan? And if so, how much? It ended up with me making a nice little post-it with the title of stories that I should work on. Nothing much, really.So, because I knew that I had no chance in hell of ever reaching the normal goal of 50.000 words, I ended up putting my own goal far below that. I wanted to put it at 10.000 in the beginning, but my friend made be increase it to 20.000 and then in the end 25.000.
I was really nervous as I saw the countdown. It was as if I was trapped inside something and that the close to midnight it got, the close I was to being squashed. However, as the computer told me that it was no longer June, I was writing. The first week felt kinda weird, not the first day – I mean, I’m used to writing in the night, but the second day… I’m just not used to writing every single day. And as the days passed by, I kinda understood why I didn’t do just that. In the end of that week, and in the end of the week my count was 7.215, 1.570 words ahead of the schedule.
As week one was over, I kinda felt as my body was expecting this all to be over. I became lazy while still working, and ended up with just staring blankly at the screen for many hours without writing more than a paragraph. Still, this was the week that I managed to do something kinda awesome. I had a Norwegian story from middle school that I had written with a fandom in mind, and what I now did was finding the file and translating it. Not only that, but my oneshot of 600 words ended up as a story of three chapters and more than 5.000 words. To see that I was actually able to do something like this inspired me, and in the end of the week my count was 10.785, 302 words ahead of the schedule.
After the last week I was so ready to continue working hard. This failed however as I discovered that I couldn’t just pull another great performance out of my head. So, I struggled a bit, and I mostly worked on a lot of different stories – just getting some words down. In the end of the week my count was 18531, 2.384 ahead words of the schedule.
The last week was the most hectic one. Not that I was far behind on the word count or anything, it was more the fact that I was going away to stay at a cabin with some friends in the end of the month. Because of this I knew that I had to get done as much as possible and, if it was possible, get finished within the 26th of July – 5 day’s prior to the original end date. Well, I managed it. It was hard and brought out a lot of frustration out of me, but luckily my head managed to pull off another great story of three chapters. I then went to the page to ensure that my word count was right, and as I did, I learned that I had passed my goal and had a total of 25.131 words – 131 more than needed. That done, I celebrated for a short while, before packing my bags.
I was so happy that I’d made it, but I still felt as I could do something more. I don’t know. I guess it might have been because it was still July. However, I managed to stay away from the computer, and did a lot of fun stuff with my friends instead.
For a while after this challenge I was tired. I didn’t keep on writing a chapter a week as I did before – not that that matter since I had quite a few unpublished chapters to put up. However, as September arrived, I kinda got myself together and started to write again. I guess that CampNaNo gave me a little shock and that the after effects made me stay away from writing. Still, as I started writing again, I began appreciating the event, and also decided to join the one in November.
Results of CampNaNoWriMo:
As I said, I worked on quite a lot of different stories. Here’s a list of them:
- Anime – Bleach – “Burning”
- Anime – Naruto – “It was you”
- Anime – Naruto – “In Between the Lines”
- Anime – Naruto – “Tainted Love”
- Anime – Vampire Knight – “What about us?”
- Book – Harry Potter – “The girl with the ribbon”
- Book – The Last Apprentice – “Daddy’s Devilish Diary”
- And my original story: “Moon Witches”
And, here is my word count from day to day – for those of you that are interested in stats:
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