National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) hosted a side-project called Camp NaNoWriMo this April (and another will be held in July). Unlike the one in November which is supposed to have a (relatively) strict structure, the camp version is designed to be more relaxing and has fewer rules and no pre-set word count target. Basically do what you want, when you want. It is open to non-fiction, or particularly appealing to me, is that I can work on an existing project.
In this case I have worked towards extending my upcoming (as yet unnamed) medieval fantasy novel. It would have worked on this anyway, but it’s always fun to know other people are writing at the same time and enjoying the same experience. Having only just recently finished my university dissertation on the 11th, I hadn’t the time to spend the whole month working on it. Unlike November, I didn’t write every day, in fact I didn’t even keep track of my total word count for the month, but words did get written and overall I am still happy about it. I was disappointed to not get a chance to spend the full month working on it, but…
In July (this is from what I’ve read) there will be a repeat of the months events. I intend on spending as much time as I can working on this novel and I still aim to have it finished by the end of summer (because I want to write a new novel in November and because I’ve been working on it for nearly two years now).
Remember: Word sprints are fun, I find they help me progress. Even if the quality at this stage is less than the quantity, it forces the story forwards and can always be re-written later if some of it sucks.
National Poetry Month was another events happening simultaneously in April. I am glad that I took part. Although my aim one day is to complete the challenge of writing 30 poems in 30 says, I was unable to achieve such a feat this year. For similar reason to the above and because it is hard to write that much (the word count would be lower than NaNo but each would be a different thing). Instead I manage to write a grand total of 4, yes four, poems in April. I am grateful as I could have done nothing at all.
As the month of April is about half an hour from closing (where I live) I would like to sum up the month. The cabins are closing for the break but will be shortly opening again soon. There is no reason why writing should be limited to a time and poetry should occur in short bursts on one month a year but these prompts get me through the procrastination stage. Talking of which, did I forget to mention I built a writers’ retreat in minecraft in an idyllic location, surrounded by trees, rivers and lakes away from the bustling metropolis?