Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update

15/07/2020 Writing 4

We’re halfway through July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo, and wow is it going badly!

I’d hoped to repeat my feat from April where I wrote 60,000 words in a month, but I’m already thinking it’s not going to happen. And it isn’t through lack of time…I’ve been spending so much time on this new project, but it has turned out to be such a struggle!

I’ve literally never had so much trouble getting into a project before: I’ve now written 23,802 words of it (21,295 words during Camp NaNoWriMo) and am pretty much going to have to scrap it all because I’ve realised I’m going in the wrong direction. I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with this project, as I love the concept, and I usually fly through the first few chapters and then just hit roadblocks in the middle. I had it all plotted out and ready to go, so there shouldn’t really be any problem getting into it…but somehow I just can’t get into the flow.

I’ve debated giving up on this project and working on something else, but I’ve decided to try replotting it a little and giving it another shot. I’ve been reading Lisa Cron’s book Story Genius over the last few days and there’s some super useful information in there that I think will help me really get deep into the story, and into the characters minds. I think I can salvage some of what I’ve written, but then I’ll have to rewrite the rest. It’ll be a lot of work, but less work than continuing with a story that isn’t working and then having to fix the entire thing at the end!

So as far as Camp NaNoWriMo goes…I’m just going to have to rewrite what I’ve already written, and then keep going from there, which is obviously going to set me back quite a way (and I was already behind!). I don’t think there’s much chance of me hitting 60K after a complete rewrite, but right now I just want to get into this story!

So how is your Camp NaNoWriMo going? What are you writing? Have you ever had a struggle like this with any project?

4 Responses to “Camp NaNoWriMo 2020: Mid Month Update”

  1. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    Awwww, I’m sorry Camp NaNoWriMo isn’t going as planned! It must be super frustrating to have to re-do so much of your hard work! But I honestly think that these 20,000+ words definitely count towards your 60,000 word goal! (Which by the way, is a huge amount when you really think about it.) Drafting and editing and reworking are such important parts of writing a story, and it makes the final project so much better. I really hope that your rewrite goes well now that you’ve figured out what you were struggling with!

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      You’re right, drafting, editing and reworking are important parts of writing a story, and I do think the story will be much better for it in the long run, even if it’s really annoying to do now! I’d rather do it now and end up with a better story, rather than persisting with a draft I can already see isn’t going anywhere.

  2. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I was going to say the same thing that Malka did. When it comes to NaNo, don’t think of any words as “wasted.” You wrote 20k+ words to get to this point and those words were valuable because they told you what you needed to know about the story—that something isn’t working. Whatever you write on top of that should be counted as additional words. If you only count “perfect” words toward your goal, you’d probably never meet it!

    By the way, I love Story Genius, and I hope it really helps you get where you need to be!

    • Laura

      I think you’re right! Those words won’t make it into the next draft, but they aren’t wasted – they showed me what I didn’t want to do with the story, and helped put me on the right track (I’m hoping I’m on the right track now anyway!).
      Story Genius has definitely been helping so far! I’m glad you liked it too! 🙂

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