Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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Honestly this week was a real struggle in my personal life so I didn’t make much time to write at all this week. I did, however, change what I was writing to something different because I had been struggling with what I was writing. And then I struggled again and got myself stuck.

Goal

50,000 words total by the end of April 30th.

That’s the equivalent to a 200-225 page book. So my average daily word count goal to reach my main goal is to write 1,667 words per day.

Stats for Week 2

Day 9: 2,096 words for a total of 15,904 words
Day 10: 1,211 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 11: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 12: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 13: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 14: 545 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 15: 0 words for a total of 17.660

*I’m not including today, April 16th, as the day is not over yet. Today’s word count will be in next week’s recap.

This Week’s Advice: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

I found myself struggling since I started this month with writing my story for Camp. I found it extremely hard to get into the mode of writing, especially from my characters’ points of view because they just weren’t flowing correctly. I rewrote several chapters and exceeded the word count in each of the previous ones so I wouldn’t lose any words for Camp, and even though I felt the new chapters flowed much better and that they resembled who I wanted the characters to be a lot more, I still found myself struggling every single time I wrote.

So, I decided to make a change.

I kept all of my words, therefore keeping my word count, but I changed my story completely. Where before I was writing a YA/NA fantasy story about a thief and a magician, now I’m writing a YA/NA contemporary about a girl movie blogger and a guy who’s wicked into movies, too, but has a few quirks.

And let me tell you something: the words flowed so much easier than before.

I wrote over 2,000 words for the first chapter of this new story and found that even if it wasn’t perfect (because what first draft ever is), I still had fun doing it, and I think that’s the key here: having fun.

If you’re like me then you probably had your heart set out for something that you really wanted to write because you love the genre or the idea of the story or one specific character, but maybe it’s just not the time for you to tell that story yet if you find yourself struggling as much as I did.

So take the chance, make a change (and breakawaaaaayyy). Change up the plot, the characters, write a whole new story in a completely different genre than what you were expecting to. That just might help you find those creative juices you were looking for.

I hope the second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has been treating you well and that you find you’re really getting to know not only your characters, but the world they’re in and their situations a lot better.

Do you find that you’re stuck and struggling with what you’ve been writing? How far have you gotten in your story toward your goal? Do you have to start over with a new genre? Let me know!

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4 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

  1. I’m not a writer myself, but have so much respect and admiration for writers who take on such a massive task for the month. You would basically have to lock yourself away from the world and force the words out, even when life gets in the way and you don’t feel like getting creative. Best of luck with the remainder of the month and looking forward to seeing your progress ❤

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  2. Agh, I totally hear ya with this! I’m glad you found an idea that was flowing for you better though! THAT IS EXCITING. And I do think it’s super important to have fun while writing *nods* and to be passionate about the idea. I haven’t had to bin any ideas for a while? But I so totally have in the past. Just like struggling 10K in and realising: nope. 😂 Now I makes sure I let my ideas grow and mature for at least a few months before I attempt writing them. If I’m not sick of them by then, then i figure the book will work.
    I HOPE CAMP NANO TREATS YOU NICELY NOW.
    (Also a zillion huzzahs for books about bloggers! ;D)

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