A COVID-19 NaNoWriMo to Remember!

Welcome back, my lovely Procrastiwrimos! I feel like I was just daily vlogging for July Camp NaNoWriMo, and here I am back again and ready to write.

In true pantser fashion, I have not posted in October with outline ideas or other prep. For whatever reason, what works for me is just sitting down and starting to write. So here I am on National Novel Writing Month Day 1, with a word count of 0 and all of the hopefulness in the world.

I am a huge believer in letting NaNoWriMo be whatever you need it to be.

NaNoWriMo rules I am following this year:

  • Write a novel (this year, a middle grade urban fantasy!)
  • 50,000 word goal
  • Start on November 1st and end on the 30th.

NaNoWriMo rules I will not be following:

  • Start a new project (I am continuing my long-time novel draft in progress)
  • No editing!! (I am usually a big believer in not letting editing slow you down. But because middle grade books are so short and this is already a work in progress, I will end up writing 30,000 in new words, reaching the end of the manuscript, and going back to revise 20,000 words of content for the rest of the month.)

I’ve heard of authors using NaNo to draft, edit, or even to research or free write for their book. It is so easy to simply NOT write, so any kind of writing deserves a celebration.

Back in April, I did StayHomeRhymeMo, where I wrote daily poems about COVID-19. In July Camp NaNoWriMo, I worked on my novel draft (didn’t win Camp NaNo) and posted daily haiku. This November, I’ll be creating daily updates on my progress as I (hopefully!) reach the end of my book’s manuscript. So many people ask me how to create something the length of a novel, stick with it, and not run out of things to say. So this November, I’ll be talking about the daily struggles that come up in my writing, crazy sentences I’ve written, and the unexpected gems I discover along the way of this Procrastiwriter’s journey.

For me, COVID-19 means no in-person NaNoWriMo events or meet-ups this year. If you are writing this month, how has COVID impacted your work? Is it easier or harder to write? Do you find that the state of the world affects the things you write about?

Stay safe and write on! Here’s to a month that I am determined will be the highlight of 2020.

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