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?