Sunday, April 21, 2013

Letters From Camp NaNoWriMo #4--Success!

WooHoo!

It's April 21st, and I have officially met my word count goal for Camp NaNoWriMo. My plan was to write 15,000 words for a book about podcasting that I'm working on. I'm currently over 16,000 words, and I'll be continuing on for the rest of the month, as the book is far from done.

But man, it feels good to hit that word count goal. There is something about writing in NaNoWriMo events that provides a huge amount of extra inspiration for me. I love the community of it, and the idea that there are thousands of people out there excited about writing and all working on their own amazing projects at the same time. It's beautiful.

This was my first Camp NaNoWriMo, and it's safe to say I'll be participating in a lot more of these events moving forward. With flexible word counts, the small support groups, and a lighter feel to it than NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo is a perfect fit for my style and how I like to motivate myself.

All told so far, I've written over 30,000 words on various projects over the months of March and April. Outside of previous NaNoWriMos, these have been the two most productive writing months in memory for me. I've also continued to blog here, write reviews for Secret Identity and post about games on Co-Op Critics. It's been a great balance of writing for projects and writing for my hobbies that has reminded me that I have the ability to write every single day if I just put my mind to it.

My plan at this point is to finish the month strong, and set goal for May as well. In fact, I think I'll be giving myself word count goals every month from here on out. I need them, and I am very productive with them.

Over the next few months, I will be publishing a new short story, and a second book. I've got some more short story work coming as well, so there should be a good mix of both short form and long form work of mine out there by the end of 2013. I'm very excited about that.