Farewell to Another NaNo: July Camp NaNoWriMo is Over!

Well, that’s it for Camp NaNoWriMo this year! The pandemic has made both the April and July Camp NaNo’s strange ones. It put me in a position where I was spending even more time indoors than I did before, but somehow, it was more difficult to motivate myself than usual. Anyone else feeling that?

While I didn’t “win” Camp NaNo this month, I always come out of the month feeling a little bit changed. It’s as though I see the world more clearly, or at least I’m a little bit more attuned to it. Just like when I read a book, it feels like I’ve experienced things that I didn’t do in real life.

So what’s next for me? I’m going to try to get back to and maintain some sort of daily writing schedule. I think it’s the most important thing I can do for my writing this year. As for this blog, I’m taking the next couple months off as usual, but I will be back in October for some NaNoWriMo prep posts (who knows, maybe I won’t be a pantser next time!). And I’ll of course be doing lots of fun daily posting in November.

Until then, let’s keep writing, daydreaming, and slowly making the world a better place…

Final Camp NaNoWriMo haiku:

The writers emerge -
Ink's run out, one month passed by - 
World still beautiful.

I Want to Be Like Garfield: Camp NaNoWriMo Day 30

Camp NaNoWriMo Day 30! At this point in July, I’m always grateful for the extra day in the month. While NaNoWriMo in November and Camp NaNo in April only give you 30 days to write, July has 31, and that extra day makes a difference!

I’m nowhere near making my goal of 45,000 words this month, so I don’t see myself “winning” Camp NaNo by the end of tomorrow. I so often wish I could be like Garfield in the comics and just fall asleep on books all the time instead of working. But I’m still glad I tried. Even on days when I didn’t write anything, Camp NaNo meant that every day, I was at least thinking about my novel. This makes a big difference for me, because it is otherwise so easy to get caught up in another full-time job and day-to-day life and forget to stop and daydream about your book.

A lot of work on your novel, at least for me, happens in your head, without you even touching the page or computer keyboard. I’ve worked out plot holes, added conflict between best friend characters, and overall improved my relationship with my main character. She feels more real than ever before, and when I reach that point in the story development, I know I can’t give up on her story.

I’m going to use the last day of Camp NaNo to write and have fun doing it. I’m not going to ignore my manuscript on the last day of the month just because I know I won’t “win” NaNo this time. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, and I’m going to keep creating, and keep slowly reinstating writing as a daily part of my life, even if it’s only a paragraph on some days.

Also, a life update for those of you that were here for my posts early this month: I no longer have to try to avoid using the “t” and “y” keys on my keyboard! I have a new laptop now, and it makes all the difference. You don’t know how much you’ll miss those keys until you lose them!

Today’s haiku:

This is my book, the
pillow I fall asleep on,
the weight in my purse