Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

The month of April just felt like a huge writing struggle for me. I set myself a low goal of writing out only 20,000 words into the draft I’m currently working on for my Untitled Horror Project. This was the ‘easy going’ goal I felt I could achieve in no time. In fact, given I normally write at least 2,000 words a day – I assumed I had made it too easy for myself. Fortunately, I didn’t make my goal any bigger. April turned out to be a month where it seemed every time I turned around there was another obstacle or distraction. I truly felt the expression “the struggle is real” throughout the entire month. Though I did my best to remain optimistic, I did have my low points in my struggle.

My biggest low point came last week Wednesday when I was supposed to have been at 14,000 words. Instead I was at like 2,633. It was on the final week and I wasn’t even a quarter of the way to my goal for the month. It was quite disheartening and for a brief moment I thought there was no way I’d make 20,000 words happen. It didn’t help that I saw similar thoughts being shared on social media from other writers. Writers who were accepting that they weren’t going to achieve the goal they set out for themselves during Camp NaNoWriMo.

I kept writing though. I kept trying. I didn’t want to give up. I literally busted out a calculator and did the math. I knew exactly how many words I needed to write per day in order to not only catch up, but to win before the end of April 30th. My plan started off pretty shaky. I got a few words on Friday and Saturday, but it was the push I gave myself on Sunday that helped me the most.

By the end of Saturday, I knew Sunday had to be the big writing day. So on Sunday when I got up that’s what I made it. I sat down at my desk and worked hard on pushing myself as a writer. I couldn’t accept a defeat in my personal goal. Not when I felt I had made it so easy on myself initially. So I worked hard on my novel and I accomplished writing just over 10,000 words in a single day. Monday morning all I had left to write was just under 5,000 words and I did it within a few hours.

It was a great moment for me to validate my word count and be an official winner for Camp NaNoWriMo.

My grand total for the month of April is 20,070 out of 20,000 words. I managed a bonus 70 words than planned for my month.

As we venture into this new month, I will definitely be continuing to work on this draft. I am super inspired and motivated for my Untitled Horror Project. I can’t wait till I get to a place where I can share more from the novel. In the meantime, I will definitely be continuing to share the adventures of writing it along the way.

XOXO, Jane

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