When I had decided to do weekly word count check-ins on Fridays, I didn’t realize I’d be doing my first weekly check-in on the first day of Camp.
Since there isn’t too much update since it’s only the first day, I figured I’d talk about where my writing is in terms of progress with or with Camp NaNo.
What’s Going On With My Writing?
Who’s to say? I don’t have a clue. You don’t have a clue. I’m glad we’re all on the same page.
To be serious, though, my creative writing has been pushed to the backburner for a long time. Every time I come up with a plan or try to get into a writing routine again, it comes to a halt.
There’s no reason why, either. While I want to work on my books, the motivation isn’t enough to get me going.
That’s why I was going to utilize the NaNoWriMo website more. But, of course, we’re already into April, and I’m just starting to use it again because it’s Camp season.
I’m hoping this month is the push I need to get myself back into a writing routine. I’m looking forward to it, and I do have ideas. I only need to implement them.
Let’s Start Slow – What Am I Doing For Camp NaNoWriMo?
When I reopened this website, I had plans to bring back Short Story Sunday but differently. Instead of weekly flash fiction with the occasional short story broken into parts, I decided only to do the latter.
Each month will be one continuous short story, broken into parts each Sunday.
I haven’t brought it back yet because I wrote a few short and hated them. I think I wrote about five, and two or three aren’t even finished because they were so bad, I couldn’t continue them.
(I’m going to pretend I’m rusty, and the horrible stories I wrote and it’s not a reflection of my actual writing skills.)
I want to bring Short Story Sunday back to the blog in May. So, I figured for Camp NaNoWriMo this month. So, I’d work on short stories again.
I posted a bit about my ideas on my Instagram. One of the stories is, of course, a mystery. But it’s my favorite genre, so I thought I’d start there.
How Did Day One of Camp NaNoWriMo Go?
Surprisingly enough, this morning felt like I had never stopped writing. I wrote my daily goal of 2,000 words with 2,057 words. I could have kept going, but I stopped because I had work.
It’s refreshing to get back into writing and work on a mystery, even though it’s not George and Lilah.
As I started writing this story, I didn’t know where it was going. But I will say that I have some character development ideas for the detectives. So, maybe this will turn into something more at some point. Who knows?
Regardless, I’m eager to see where this story takes me. I’m also excited to see that my motivation for writing is beginning to come back. I didn’t think it would be so easy, but here we are.
Now I need to stick with it for the entire month. Fingers crossed.
Speaking Of George And Lilah…
They’re still around. If time allows, I’ll start working on editing the next draft this month. Otherwise, May will be an editing month for that book.
More updates will come for that soon enough.
In the meantime, happy Camp NaNo. Whether you participate in it or not, I hope your muse has been kinder to you than mine has been to me.
Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.