I have never participated in NaNoWriMo before even though I have wanted to for the last few years. I’ve just never had the time with uni always having exams during November so it was a huge revision month for me. And last year, when I wasn’t studying, I was having a tough time of things in November and writing was difficult – until this year I’ve actually been struggling to grasp my writing buzz and hold it for longer than a week.

This year, however, the writing bug has infected me and it, so far, appears to be an incurable strain. This is a good thing. I was able to edit and publish Paper Flowers and I am now 37k into Silk Sheets. I want to finish Silk Sheets by the end of this month so I can undertake other writing projects for May through to July while proof reading, editing, and re-writing Silk Sheets. To assist with this goal I have decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo for April.

This is exciting for me, I feel like it’s the first step towards me being able to actually compete in NaNoWriMo this year. Doing that will potentially allow me to write the third Fragile Love book, China Doll, at the end of the year which means by this time next year I could have three books published. That would be nice.

It’s not that I enjoy writing to deadlines, but I do enjoy meeting goals. I feel accomplished and proud when I reach goals. I see finishing my novel by the end of the month not as a deadline, but a goal, one I am determined to achieve. Goals keep me motivated, whether they’re small or large, they make me work harder. And Camp NaNoWriMo is allowing me to set an achievable goal and has given me a stats page to keep track of it, and has allowed me to meet some other writers. Meeting other writers is probably my favourite part, it’s nice to discuss my craft with people who write similar things and are just as passionate as I am about storytelling.

I will keep everybody updated as to my progress (note: I have changed my sidebar tracker from a word count to a chapter count because I no longer have any idea what my estimated word count is for SS, probably close to 100k but as I can’t be sure I’m counting the chapters I have written). I’m looking forward to having Silk Sheets‘ first draft finished so I can begin a discussion of cover design with my friend Hannah who is an amazing photographer and a very skilled graphic designer, as well as talking about potential graphics for advertising. Stay tuned for all information about a potential release date and goodies once the draft is finished.

Thanks for checking on for my Wednesday blog. Have any of you ever done Camp NaNo before? What was your favourite part? Do you like to work to deadlines or do you work better without time constraints? What about goal setting?

Let’s start a dialogue about goal-setting and deadlines! Looking forward to hearing from you!

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