Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up

02/08/2020 Writing 4

Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I didn’t win! I’m OK with that though, as I still managed a respectable 40,884 words of my 60,000 word goal, even after really struggling with this story.

In my half-way post I said that I was going to have to rewrite the start of the book after going in the wrong direction with it, which I have thankfully now done! I copied and pasted several passages from my original draft (which I noted down and excluded from my Camp Nano word count), but I also completely rewrote a lot of scenes and thankfully, it all seems to have paid off! Initially writing this story felt like pulling teeth, but now with a clearer idea of my characters and their motivations (thanks to Lisa Cron’s Story Genius book! Highly recommended by the way!) it’s proving so much more enjoyable to write.

Whilst it’s a shame I didn’t win Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m feeling good about the project, and am hoping to start making serious progress with the draft now the beginning is all straightened out!

So how did Camp NaNoWriMo go for you? What have you been working on this past month?

4 Responses to “Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 Wrap-Up”

  1. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    I’m so glad that you had a productive Camp NaNoWriMo! And I’m also really happy to hear that you’re enjoying your story now that you’ve made the changes you needed to! I can’t wait to get more writing updates about this project in the future!

    • Laura

      Thank you! I’m so glad I made the changes! I’ll definitely keep posting updates on how it’s going πŸ™‚

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yay, great to hear that you’ve managed to get the start of your book rewritten. You know you’ve made the right choice when writing doesn’t feel like a chore but is enjoyable. Sometimes winning CampNaNoWriMo isn’t the aim but instead, it’s about taking the time to write and figure out where your story is going. It sounds like that happened for you and you’re back on the right path.

    • Laura

      I totally agree that winning doesn’t always have to be the main aim! I didn’t win Camp NaNo this time, but I definitely still consider it a success, as I managed to get my book on the right track πŸ™‚

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