April is the first round of Camp NaNoWriMo for 2016. I am a long time participant in NaNo during November. This year will be my tenth year (and hopefully my tenth win). I have thought about doing Camp NaNo a few times. I even signed up last year with the intent of doing a smaller goal (around 15k I think). I didn’t get much further than signing up though. As so often happens life got in the way.
I think the main problem last year was I wanted to continue a story I’d already started. It’s a story I care about, one I’ve been chipping away at for a few years. As it turns out, I can’t write at a NaNo pace on something I care about. Not even a much smaller/slower NaNo pace. I should have realized I was going to struggle since the story I chose was one I’d been writing at a slower pace since the first few scenes.
This year I’m considering signing up for Camp NaNo in April. I have a brand new Mystery Project I’m working on and I’m not sure where it’s going. If I work on it through March, then I can continue to work on it through April. This might be especially useful as I only have the very beginning plotted out. I do well on NaNo when I don’t really know where a story is going. Sometimes I don’t even know where I want it to end. This time I have a few things I’ve figured out about the ending, but it has a lot of wiggle room. I don’t have much invested in this story, and will likely have even less once April hits and my critique group takes a run at it.
Maybe committing to work on it through April will force me to keep going even when the critique group pans it. Maybe I just need to commit to a piece of writing for a while to get over this hump. Maybe the ‘quantity not quality’ side of NaNo is exactly the kind of freedom I need right now. Maybe my eventually having a successful Camp NaNo is inevitable.
Do you plan to do either of the Camp NaNo’s this year? Have you finished Camp NaNo in the past?