Hey, guys! Some of you might know that I took up the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge in April. I decided to take it up again this July. I was really excited to finally write the novel that I planned in April.
But, when July came, I found myself doing other things. There were more important things that came up, like seeing family. I also went on a five day vacation.
This meant that overall, I was not writing and therefore behind on my goal. But, I know many other people are also struggling with this. So, I decided to create a little guide to help us both out.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Assess Your Goal
Since we’re about halfway through the month, it’s time to re-look at your goal to make sure it’s still realistic.
My goal was to write an entire novel made up of forty scenes. I am nowhere near that and figured out that I wanted to spend the rest of the summer on it, not just July. So, I’m going to change my goal to fifteen scenes and go from there.
You might want to consider the same thing, extending the deadline and then halving your goal. This helps you have less stress about the fun thing you’re doing and the other fun things you can do this summer.
Remember that Camp NaNo is all about writing, so by writing even a little bit, you’re fulfilling that goal.
Step 2: Create a Plan
Once you’ve reassessed, it’s time to make a plan! How often are you going to write to get your goal? How much are you going to write in each of those sessions? Even with big dreams, you need to be realistic. Writing for ten hours a day might not work the best for you.
Break up your writing into tiny, accomplishable chunks. I once saw a video that referred to it as a domino effect. Check out that awesome video below!
The best way to remember your plan is to write down! Pull out your Bullet Journal or a piece of paper and figure it out. I’m going to try to write one scene a day. Since I have over fifteen days left (And some days with nothing to do), this is a realistic plan for me.
Step 3: Track Your Progress
remember that piece of paper you just used? Now, you can create a daily log. It could be simple: The date and what you did. It could be intense with lots of details and your favorite snippets. It’s all about what works for you.
You could also use an online progress tracker like My Write Club, and of course, the Camp NaNo website keeps track of it as well.
Step 4: Write
This is the best step in this process, so make it fun! Grab your pet, eat a snack, blast some tunes (Taylor Swift works especially well here 😉 ). Some bloggers recommend word sprints, where you try to write a certain number of words in a certain time. Other people might need some encouragement from their cabin mates. Just, don’t get too distracted by them. You need to write.
Speaking of distractions, you need to tune those out. Remove the book you are currently in love with from your writing location. You can hang out with it later. Ignore those texts (If your phone is your music playing device). If it isn’t, great! Turn off your phone.
Now, get comfy and write!
When you’re finished, track your progress and smile. You wrote, and that in itself is an accomplishment!
I hope this helps some of you that are stuck. I’m going to now follow my own advice and write with my pet guinea pig by my side. Happy writing!