It’s that special day of the week where I hold myself accountable and share my current word count for my Camp NaNoWriMo goal this month. Last week in my post I declared a short term goal for myself of 5,000 words to be accomplished by today. On the day I made that goal, I intended to write at least 2,000 words per day. This is generally what I set for myself on a regular basis during a writing session. However, I was at the start of my six day work stretch in the day job and I wanted to be a little flexible for myself. I didn’t want to apply too much pressure into what my short term goal was. So, how did I do in accomplishing this goal?
I am presently (as of this moment) sitting at 667 words out of 20,000.
This is by far the worst beginning I have ever had in a writing challenge…especially for a NaNoWriMo event. All of my first weeks started off so strong, but not this time around. This time around I started off the last couple days of the previous week sick with a pretty nasty virus. That had followed a strange bout of feeling absolutely fatigued. It was rough to try and focus during week one of camp this month, and as mentioned I was right on the cusp of my work weekend that comes during a six day stretch. So I was pretty beat by the time I got home, and didn’t really have much oomph before work. I actually went most of this month without novel writing.
In absolute full disclosure, I even had a brief moment of pessimism. I actually considered dropping my participation in Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Fortunately that was a mere fleeting moment. I am not going to drop out. If anything, I find myself more determined to push through now. I’m actually finding myself inspired to even try a different take on the story. So I am going to roll with that and see what happens. Now granted, today, I really didn’t get too many words in, but I am still going to be working on it. I’ve come this far and I still have my sights set on a specific deadline for publishing.
For next week, well, I’m not going to set a specific word count goal this time around. My weekend off is coming up and I’m just going to get as many words as I can in between now and next week Wednesday. I know I can catch up and go beyond still. I did it last November when I kept falling behind and I’ll do it again here in April. I’m admittedly mad at myself for allowing the pessimistic mind set to kick in even for a brief moment, but I’m happily pushing it aside and finding new inspiration for my horror novel.
Are you writing? How is your project coming? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month? What’s your goal and success rate at this point? Let me know in the comments below!