So, as anyone who looks through my posts would know, I totally bombed at my first Camp NaNoWriMo. Royally bombed it. And I was content with planning a novel in preparation for the next time, with me thinking that “next time” being the actual NaNoWriMo that’s in November.
A week ago, I was scrolling through my YouTube subscription feed, and there’s a listing for a Virtual Write-In for camp starting on the first of July. I thought it strange, since they only do that sort of thing when they are, you know, hosting a camp session. And after looking on their Twitter account, I find out that there really is another Camp NaNoWriMo happening in the month of July.
I honestly did not know that. I didn’t know that they had more than one camp session a year. I thought it was just a one-time thing, and then the real thing happened later in the year. Like in school where my teachers had a practice test the day before the real test, so we could have our own study guides for that night. I didn’t think that there was more than one time to participate in this.
But, of course, I immediately want in. Yeah, the first time was a total bomb of an attempt. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t try again, right? Second chances happen, and it’d be a shame to not take it.
Now, I know already that this time will be different for many reasons. Firstly, I actually have an idea set in stone. I’ve been drafting and planning a story for the past month, which is what someone is supposed to do before participating in any form of NaNoWriMo. (technically, they should do that before starting a book in general, but I digress) So I am much more prepared than I was last time.
Secondly, I am setting the goal count to be 25000 instead of 50000. This makes my word count goal for every day to be around 833 words instead of 1667. With my busy schedule, it will be a more realistic word count goal, and I don’t have to panic every day and psyche myself out of not writing.
So, I am still reeling that this thing has come back and sucker punched me in the face with surprise, but I am excited to try and give it a go again. Now, whether or not I lose again is up to me and my ability to keep track of my actual writing.