Admitting Defeat.

So at the beginning of July, shortly after I sent Portal Wars away to be edited I signed up for Camp Nanowrimo. I hoped to finish the first draft of a book I started last November for the main Nanowrimo event. My target for the month was 30,000 words, I thought I’d easily reach this target of just under a 1000 words a day. But I was wrong, very wrong.

As I write this my total word count for July sits at 8110, or a mere 22000 words short of my goal. There is no way these words are going to get written this month. I am confident of reaching 15,000 words by the end of the week and might even make it to 20,000 but that will be a definite stretch.

I could go into the reasons for my Camp Nanowrimo fail, schools breaking up, sickness bugs and adjusting to a change in routine, but I know it will sound like I’m making excuses. The truth of the matter is that I’ve just been pushing myself too hard for too long and I’ve relished being able to spend time with my family.

Having worked evenings and weekends for the last seven years having this time back among my family feels amazing. My house is more organised than its been for a long time, and I am able to spend time baking with my kids. (as I write this another batch of biscuits are cooking in the oven!)

I’ve learnt a lot about my writing process this month, but I’ll save those lessons for a post after Camp Nanowrimo has finished. Mainly that writing while tired is not a good thing.

At the end of the day the important thing, is not ‘winning’ Nanowrimo, by completing a certain word count. The important thing was reconnecting with my story and finishing my first draft. I have definitely reconnected with my new story and hope to finish my first draft before the kids return to school in September. After that the revision process begins!

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