I wasn’t going to do Camp NaNoWriMo this session, because I signed up for the thoroughly enjoyable 30 Day Blogging Challenge hosted by Sarah and Kevin Arrow of Sark Media again (triumphantly finished for the second time yesterday- I really don’t like not finishing what I started.) I thought I’d have enough on my plate with that, my online courses writing critiquing reading preparing for a move and anything else life threw at me (powerchair tyre/tire problems as it turned out- just a “slight” hitch there, ahem!) well, THAT couldn’t have come at a worse time. Fortunately, I managed to fit everything in. With the tyre problem sorted around the eleventh of the month, Alfredo and I have been full of colds (despite the heat) for the past week, and, although I’m better than Alfredo, we still are. Put that down to our love of ice cream……….
I participated in camp for the first time in April 2014, and today marks the end of the July 2015 edition, and four sessions, or two years, of my participating in the event . What I really like about it is that the summer camp-themed atmosphere is more relaxed, but no less fun, than the November event. The difference with the spring and summer events is that the word count is flexible, and can be as low as 10,000 words or as high as you would like it to be.
The month started off with me beginning my poetry book with the first poem I ever wrote, and gradually adding more and more poems. I averaged about 1,000 words a day, and sometimes did more, depending on where the inspiration took me. I felt confident throughout the challenge, not only because I have done, and won, it before, but also because I know the structure so was able to plan my work. My word count helped, as, at 10K, it was a lot lower than all my previous word counts for Camp NaNoWriMo sessions, which averaged at around 35K. I thought about the time I wanted to spend on my project, as well as the time I had available to. I’d recommend the event to anyone who is interested in writing, whether you’re an amateur writer or more professional. I also want to say a huge thanks to all my “cabin mates” (fellow writers) in all these sessions. Thanks for all your support- it was great to hang out with you at Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ll definitely be taking part for years to come. Find my Camp NaNoWriMo profile here
Find out more about Camp NaNoWriMo at http://campnanowrimo.org
Here’s to a great August! I wonder what it’ll bring?
To celebrate two years of me having done, and won, Camp NaNoWriMo, here are pictures of my finished progress graphs: