The July edition of National Novel Writing Month has just started! I got off to a good start then promptly fell behind (as happens every year).
If you don’t know about it, the goal is essentially to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Camp Nano has a few extra options in allowing you to work on a screenplay, so you can set a goal for pages written, hours worked etc. Also you can do revisions, poetry, and basically anything that gets you writing. Now you can amend the word-count too, so if 50k is pushing it, you can still win on a lower word-count and still have achieved.
This year, since I’m on summer break and job hunting, I thought it would be a great way to get back into writing by just hammering out tens of thousands of words. After Nano, when I reread over my work I find that it’s not all bad and even much of it is usable thanks to Nano helping to silence my inner editor. Ta-dah! It’s like magic. In case you’re interested in following me on Nano, especially if you decide to start right now (please do, it’s not too late!) here’s my profile.
I’m working on a section of a novel series I started ages ago (and also did for a previous Nano), I’ve literally jumped in to the fun bit and I’m flying mostly without a plan. Prior to starting this year I made a list of scenarios I’d like to see my characters in and maybe it will flow together as the second book, maybe it won’t, either way by the end of this month I should be 50,000 words closer to another book than I was at the start of the month.
There are options to join a cabin either with your own friends or be placed into a cabin with similar writers, I’m not completely certain how it works in terms of writing as a group as I am a solitary writer and the only friend I want near me while I write is WINE!
So please, have a look on the website and if you are curious then maybe give it a try. Even if you don’t set a massive word count or even write every day, the fact is you might still end up with more words for a story than you expected.
If you’re struggling to focus or make yourself keep writing then try this website: Write or Die. You write your wordage on its screen and set a timer and word count, then you try to beat it. But there are consequences for pausing or stopping writing, you can amend the settings to how you want it to respond, I won’t spoilt it for you, it’s definitely fun.