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