Camp NaNo Update 1

We’ve reached the end of the first full week of April, which means it’s time for me to share my progress on my Camp NaNo Project. In case you missed it, I’m writing the entire rough draft of the third book in my YA fantasy series, abbreviated AWD, for Camp NaNo. My word count goal is 50,000. Since I handwrite my novels, that’s about 300 handwritten pages.

As some of you may know, I spent the first four days of April travelling as I prepare to move to a different state for graduate school. I spent a lot of time in the car and was utterly exhausted by the time I got to my hotel each night, not to mention the neck pain because my headrest was at a weird angle. (I finally figured out how to fix that angle. Yay!)

So, I fell really far behind. I wrote about 3-4 pages each day, and I need 10 per day to stay on track. I’ve spent the past several days catching up, and I’m almost there. As of right now I have 75 handwritten pages (or 13,500 words) out of the 90 I need for Days 1-9. (I’ll count today in next week’s update since the day isn’t over yet.) I expect to be completely caught up by the end of the weekend.

I just started Act II. I had a really solid idea of what happens in Act I, and now I have no clue what I’m doing. But that’s okay. I’ll figure it out as I go, and I prefer it that way. I actually tend to write more when I have no idea what’s happening in the story. I’m excited to see what happens next!

That’s all for my Week 1 update. Check back on April 17th for the next one! (Hopefully, I’m caught up and on track by then!)

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