Camp NaNoWriMo is officially over for me! (To see the rest of my journey, click here!) I pushed the limits this month with setting an hour goal instead of a word count goal and made it through. To say it was easy is beyond the truth. I had to pull late nights and early mornings. Working around the clock making sure my blog posts were written and posted, taking care of my guinea pigs, and rescuing a kitten. I have been swamped and a bit stressed these last four weeks.
But in the end…
I completed my 40-hour goal!
Just because I completed my goal did not mean that I didn’t run into problems this week. My problems include:
The strikeout fest
So you’ve heard of the strikeout function, right? And NaNo word count is everything. But in a last ditch effort to keep my word count without losing the words, I used the strikeout. A lot. Throughout Not Like Everyone Else, I barely used it until I got to the end. Paragraphs and paragraphs of strikeouts. Entire sections that served no purpose, all struck out. My word count took a serious hit in the editing phase here.
So many bad scenes
Along with the strikeouts, I wrote a lot of bad scenes. Just like the baking scene from last week. This time I could not figure out what to write. At one point I had written two takes on a scene because me and the characters could not decide which way to take the story. It made for an entertaining edit, but nothing is fun when it all has to be taken out.
Microsoft word corrections
If anyone uses Microsoft Word, then you know the constant underline struggle. Every phrase I write is wrong, but the corrections it tries to make for me are ridiculous. At one point, I write about looking into another character’s eyes, and Word thought the word consider made much more sense. WRONG! The character’s looked into each other’s eyes NOT the character’s considered each others eyes. It was annoying, to say the least.
From all of those problems, there were many successes that came from this month.
Finished Draft 2
I edited my entire book! From start to finish, I look at every single page fixing mistakes and typos. In the end, it is still not perfect, but that is what draft 3 is for.
Started Draft 3
Speaking of draft 3, I had some extra time to complete my goal, so I started draft 3. I was able to get ¼ of the way done. Although I am hoping for an easy read-through, I know that it will be anything but. What can I say, I can’t seem to find a happy medium. If it were up to me, I probably would never be completely done with my book. But at some point, I just have to say enough!
Bought a t-shirt
What major accomplishment isn’t complete without a t-shirt?! After the long month, I had with going through NaNo, I saw it fit to reward myself with a shirt. The July Camp NaNo shirt this year is focused around the story squash (aka big foot).
Now that Camp NaNo is over, I will continue to edit my book, and get back to a normal pace of life. I am proud of my accomplishment this month, and can’t wait till November for the next NaNo!
How did your Camp NaNo work out for you? Let me know in the comments below! As always, don’t forget to follow and subscribe!