Monthly Archives: May 2015

April 2015 Roundup!

I’m feeling particularly proud of myself about this April. As a result, I’m going to tell you my accomplishments:

1. Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015

This past month, I’ve been writing my fingers off participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, a writing event run by the same people who put together November’s NaNoWriMo. The difference between November’s event and April’s (and July’s, which also has a camp) is that you set your goal anywhere between 10,000 and 999,999 words. That means people can use it for revisions, finishing a draft, and whatever else. Since I had a new idea for a book under my belt, I took on camp with the regular NaNo challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month.

I won in 19 days. I finished my story at 68,078 words in 24.

This is by far the fastest I’ve ever written a draft–my second fastest was, wouldn’t you know it, NaNo 2013, when I reached 50k on day 27, promptly dropped the manuscript for a week, and came back to finish it by December 7 with 64k words. This past April, I pushed myself a lot–I had four 5k days, and 11 3k days. This is unbelievable to me, as it means I’m capable of writing 100k in a month. Of course, to write that much would take a lot of planning, but man. Someday. It sounds like fun.

The draft is going to need a lot of work, and I’ll probably end up adding about 10k words like I usually do, but I’m glad I got it out as quickly as I did. Regardless of how quickly I write the first draft, the work will always come.

2. Reading

In addition to writing a whole book this past month, I read 10 books. Five of those books were in the past five days. My favorite of the bunch? I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson. I borrowed THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE from the library before I even got halfway through the book.

This puts me at 30 books read this year, which is 3 1/3 books behind pace for 100 books–but psh. I can make up for 3 1/3 books :)

3. Critiquing

I also did a full read-through and critique for my CP, and started critiquing for another potential CP! Woooooooooooo books books books!

Bonus! Pokemon.

Perhaps not an accomplishment for some, but I’m pretty excited about it. I acquired four shiny Pokemon this month! Yaaayyyyyyyy.

Let’s hope May is just as fun :)