I hadn’t planned on participating in Camp NaNoWriMo; my track record has not been a good one (two losses, no wins… I’m much better with the full version, where I’ve won 4/6 times). Somehow, I still found myself signing up on July 2nd when I let a a friend talk me into it. At least with camp you can set your own word count goal (though sometimes I wonder if that is part of the problem. The low goal means I feel as if I can catch up later, but then I never bother to.)
It’s no surprise, to me at least, that I’ve fallen behind. It hasn’t reached the point where I’m at all worried about being able to catch up yet. At least I am having fun, and I’m actually happy with what I’ve written. (That might be the other issue with camp, the low word count goal means I slow down a lot and start to care about the words I’m writing… which leads to editing as I go. Bad NaNo form.)
This time I’m trying something a little bit different. I’m not working on any single project. Instead, I am giving myself the freedom to work on anything that’s not the novel. When I sat down for my camp first writing session I had no clue what I was going to work on. No idea what to expect, I asked my writing group to provide me with some inspiration. They responded with three words, “Prom, BINGO, and demon.”
Somehow it’s working for me, and I may actually get a short story out of it. (This is kind of amazing to me. I handle novel length fine, and flash fiction works great, but short stories never work out for me. It’s why I’m registered to take a short story course from Mary Robinette Kowal the end of the month.)
Which reminds me, I better get writing. I need to be finished camp before the course starts. There won’t be time to work on my NaNo project once it begins.