Camp NaNoWriMo: The Aftermath

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 Stats:
30 Days
20,088 Words
∞ Cups of Coffee

It’s over! 20,000 words later, the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo is over. My feelings after finishing my first Camp NaNoWriMo are shown perfectly in this gif. But, did I enjoy the punishment? Absolutely!

Going into April, I was worried if I would make it to 20,000 words, even though it is a modest goal and only needed me to write around 667 words per day. Because i was working on a manuscript that was already about 25% complete, I was confident that I could add another 20,000 words to it in 30 days. After Camp i nearly doubled it and its around 50% done.

I hit 20,000 on April 28th and I had meant to keep adding to it so I could surpass my goal, but the end of the month is always a busy time for me. May is going to be a busy month, but I am aiming to add at least 10,000 more words to my manuscript.

My writing this draft has been an emotional experience from the start. I normally write horror or dystopian sorts of stories, this one is more centered around average teenage problems. Working with these characters has been exhausting to say the least because it brings back so many memories. Writing these 0,000 words has enabled me to get deeper into the characters and their world. I’m wondering what the next 20,000 will bring.

Due to personal / work plans, I’m not sure I will be entering the July session of camp, but I would like to try, even if it’s 10,000 words. I think this was an excellent primer for the NaNoWriMo in November, where I would have to make it to 50,000 words. That is a daunting task. But after seeing what I could do with 20,000 I might just give it another shot.

Camp NaNoWriMo enabled me to add 20,000 words to my draft which now totals 46,000 words and is about 50 to 60% finished. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have some serious editing to do.

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