What is Camp NaNoWrimo?For years, I've been saying I wanted to do ACTUAL NaNoWrimo, which is short for National Novel Writing Month. But I never get to do so; either I'm behind on reviews or other things in real life come up and I can't.
Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.
This year, however, a friend of mine, T Rea Harris, mentioned she was doing Camp NaNoWriMo and I was curious about it. I was shocked and excited to see I didn't HAVE to do a novel; I could do any time of writing I wanted. Seeing I was VERY behind on reviews, I decided to make my 'project' be blog posts.
I originally decided on a 60 post goal. I figured that was 2 posts a day... something I could handle. But then real life got in the way (along with an issue on LiveJournal that I STILL need to take care of and Verizon starting their issues again) and I ended up having to cut my goal in half to 30 posts.
And here it is, Day 29 and I'm still plugging away at it. However, THIS IS MY FINAL POST.
I did it.
Sure, I have to go back and edit a few posts, but that can be done whenever this weekend. I don't need to rush and HOPE I get done before April 30th at 11:59 PM. The original posts will stick.
That being said, This post completes my first Camp NaNoWriMo.
And what have I learned from Camp NaNoWriMo?
~A month flies by quicker than one thinks.
~I was further behind than I thought.
~I wasn't as prepared as I thought.
~My Mommy was right; I CAN do anything I put my mind to.
There is another Camp session in July. Depending on where I am with reviews, I may try doing a short story for July's session. If I'm still behind, I'll just do another project of Blog Posts.
I am actually HIGHLY considering doing the actual NaNoWriMo in November. That means The CP Chick more than likely will go on HIATUS for that month. I haven't decided yet if I will do it... 50,000 words seems like a goal I KNOW I wouldn't be able to achieve.
I hope my parents are up in heaven, smiling down with pride that I put my mind to a goal and I did it.