Camp NaNoWriMo 2021: Take Two (in which Kenzie writes a book)

good morning, cyberspace!

It’s no secret that I didn’t win April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. Or the NaNoWriMo before that. Or, dare I say it, the NaNoWriMo before that. (actually, I might have won that one? It was during quarantine, and I’m pretty sure I won. but anyway, back to my obviously important point.) Lately it would seem as though my NaNoWriMo success rate has been anything less than resplendent, and it’s come to the point where I’m almost too scared to participate, because I know there is a very likely chance that I will not come through on the other side victorious.

However, despite the little voice in my head telling me I should think about simply skipping this year’s second session of Camp NaNoWriMo in pursuit of a simpler, less stressful time, I’ve decided to go full gung-ho and dive headfirst into a chaotic summer of epic disaster!

…aka, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month, peasants!

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CAMP NANOWRIMO 2021: TAKE TWO (in which Kenzie writes a book)

I know I should probably be dreading this, seeing as though my last few attempts at doing the NaNo were rather sad. But I’m honestly just so excited to dive back into this community. There was a time in my life when I was a constant lurker in the NaNo forums, when any conversation pertaining to me was nary without the mention of NaNoWriMo at least once. Or twice. Or three times. Usually within a single sentence. XD

And as I grow older and my NaNo track record decreases, I’ve begun to wonder if maybe I’m just getting too old for NaNoWriMo. Perhaps I’ve become one of those writers who’s too “seasoned” to participate in something as frivolous as a crazy writing month filled with intense word counts and an even more intense sleep schedule. (or, should I say, nonexistent sleep schedule, amiright? Ah? Ah? distant sobbing) But then I take a closer look at where these thoughts are coming from, and I realize that it doesn’t have anything to do with age or skill at all—I’m simply not putting my all into it as I used to.

It’s not something anyone likes to admit, but I’m sitting here today and putting these words down because they need to be said: the past few times I’ve tried NaNoWriMo, I’ve allowed myself to be buffeted by all that life has to throw at me and have let my writing fall by the wayside.

And that’s not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing! Life is important, and obviously I want to experience as much of it as this world has to offer. But I also want to write my books and share them with the world, and the only way that’s ever going to happen is if I have the courage to sit down and put words to the page, no matter how scary that prospect may seem.

So today, I am throwing all caution to the wind and shouting into the grand void that I WILL be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month! And—yes, I’m going to say it—I’m going to win.

Obviously I wrote a whole blog post about how I was going to win April’s Camp back in March, but … yeah. That didn’t work out too well, did it. XD Ah well. This time around, I don’t have anything fancy to share with you all. No great tips or tricks for defeating writer’s block. No special hats or survival kits or playlists. This time, all I have is me, a notebook, a pen, my laptop, and a story that I desperately want to get written. And chances are, the draft I crank out over the next couple months will be nothing like the story I eventually want to share with you all. But I’m getting the skeleton down. I’m figuring it out the only way I know how—by experimentation—and that, my friends, is an exciting adventure in and of itself. Future Kenzie may have a beast of a time trying to edit this monster, but Present Kenzie is going to enjoy herself to the highest extreme during this drafting process!

THE GOAL

As of right now, Project Goblin is sitting at a very sad 30,000 words. I promised myself I wouldn’t share any of my deadline goals here on the blog (you know, since I’m absolute garbage at actually following them once written), but I will say that at this current word count, I’m very, very far behind on where I wanted to be in this draft. I had a very solid word goal established for the end of June, but due to some unprecedented events and one too many days I let slip by without even trying to put pen to paper, I’m sorry to admit that it will take nothing short of a miracle for me to catch up to my final deadline.

That is, unless I’m able to write 50,000 words next month.

Some might call it idiocy to try and reach this goal. Some might call it madness. I prefer to call it a dash of optimism with a touch of insanity.

Under normal circumstances, I would take a moment to stop and think about the fact that my day-job is about to get a little bit more complicated and demanding (yay, promotions!) and do I REALLY want to tackle such a large commitment right through the thick of that? I would also sit myself down and say, “Kenzie. You do realize that trying to pump 50,000 words out within a single month is going to drain you both creatively and mentally, right? You do realize this is going to be VERY BAD for your mental health…right?” But to be honest, I feel exceptionally good about this very abrupt change of plans. I’m excited to push myself (healthily!) and see where I end up. I’m eagerto test my limits and see just how far I can go without falling.

I have no interest in hurting myself, of course, but if writing is something that I want to do full-time in the not-so-near future, then I have to take the baby steps to get there today. And those baby steps include fitting my writing life into my everyday living—not the other way around.

Of course, I’m not ignoring the fact that we are entering what is—by nature—one of the busiest months of summer (for me). But due to some unforeseen recent events (which I’m definitely not going to complain about), this month isn’t going to be near as busy as it normally is! Most of the events I participate in during the month of July have either been canceled or … I’m just not doing them. XD So aside from a road trip (more on that in the future, hopefully!), this month is wide open for ALL OF THE CREATIVE ENDEAVORS! And that is a very freeing sort of feeling, my friends.

THE PROJECT

I’ve already mentioned this above, but the project I’ll be working on this month is the first draft of Project Goblin! …..still. To be honest, I thought the first draft of this book would be finished by now, but alas. I guess my timeline was a little bit off.

I will say that while I’m definitely not trying to rush this drafting process, there are many other projects on my radar for 2021 which I’m very eager to get to (one of them being an editing project, which is extremely exciting!), and if I’m going to stay on track with my gameplan for those projects, Project Goblin’s gotta hurry up and get a move on. XD Normally I wouldn’t care so much, but the editing project has a very, very hard deadline, and I … well. Let’s just say that if I’m unable to complete the first draft of Project Goblin by August, it’s going to have to take a pause whether it likes it or not.

Also, I’m sure none of you are wondering this, but I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I want to try and blog during this crazy intense month of drafting. Every single time I participate in NaNo, I say that I’m going to blog through it. But then that sort of falls by the wayside (along with my project), and essentially I accomplish none of the things I said I wanted to accomplish. However, after much thought, I’ve decided to try this one more time.

As far as I’m able, I would really really like to blog during Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m not sure if it’s actually going to happen or not, but we shall see! It’s definitely on my radar of things I’d like to do, and even if it’s only weekly updates that take literally two seconds to slap together, I still want to maintain a presence during July. (you know. especially since I’ve been MIA for the past couple weeks. XD)

However, please do not be shocked if it turns out I’m unable to hold up to this. I have literally no clue what sorts of things July may hold, and because of that, I can’t promise that blogging is going to take a high priority. My first and foremost priority this month is drafting Project Goblin. After that … well, honestly I don’t really know. XD

But rest assured that whether or not I’m lurking around the blogosphere this month, there WILL be blog posts in August, and—if all goes according to plan—something very, VERY exciting happening that month, as well! (mwahahahahahahahahahaha!)

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talk to me, peasants!

Is anyone else participating in Camp NaNo next month??? If so, I’m actually using the website again this time around (I haven’t been using it previously, and the struggle is REAL), so please come and friend me! Also tell me what kind of project you’ll be working on, and whether or not you’ll be blogging during Camp! I want to hear about ALL of the fun creative things you’ve got planned this summer!

And as always, until next time …

* flings cookies in the air and disappears *

15 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo 2021: Take Two (in which Kenzie writes a book)

  1. YOU GOT THIS, KENZIE!!!!! I think it’s so admirable even amidst work and a busy month for you, you’re still going to make time for your story. Plus, um, WE NEEDS PROJECT GOBLIN, PRECIOUSSS. NEEDS IT. SO YES. Go write this delicious thing because the world needs all the Kenzie words!

    And obviously I would LOOOOVE all the Kenzie posts, but it is tooootally understandable if you can’t find time for much blogging during such a crazy time. Definitely allow life and your story to take priority if it needs to. <3 But just know I am 100% cheering you on and whether you get 50k words of 5k, every. single. word. matters and is one step closer to that finish line. Every sentence written is worth celebrating!

    I'm not participating in Camp myself. I am ALMOST done with the rewriting project I've been working on for months now (as in, just two chapters left to rewrite! :O) and then I'm going to actually be taking a break in July to rest my poor, tired brain. XD I'm definitely excited to have a (hopefully) quiet, lazy July!

    I do hope you have the most AMAZING July and the words flow freely! So proud of you, girl! *sends alllll the motivational cookies*

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    • Oh my word!!! Thank you SO much, Christine! This seriously has been a crazy crazy month, but it’s been so refreshing to be able to have my little book to fall back on when life gets weird. XD

      Mweep! Your encouragement is literally what keeps me going. Also?!?!?! I cannot believe I’m so behind on blog comments, because I NEEDED this. It turns out that I’m actually not going to hit my original goal of 50k, but I’m trying so hard to be okay with that. 😅 And you’re RIGHT. I’ve written so many words this month, even if I didn’t hit my original goal. And for that I’m so so proud of myself!

      OH MY GOODNESS!!! Dude, that is SO AMAZING EEEP!!! I’m so so proud of you! You absolutely deserve a break!!! I hope your July has been absolutely beautiful and chill and just all of the rest you deserve!!!

      MEEP! COOKIES!! *glomps* Meep, thank you, Christine! That honestly means the world to me. 💛💛💛

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  2. Yay, NaNo!! I’m doing July Camp this year, too (I’m about to go over and friend you, if you don’t mind. :)) and I’m really excited! I’ll be working to finish up the first draft of a project, too, one that I’ve been working on since last October, and that I really want to finish! We’ll see what happens. (It’s a very demanding story, mentally–and spiritually, too, if I’m being honest–so I’m not sure how I’m going to be feeling by the end of the month. XD)

    I’m not going to be blogging during July (but shhhhh don’t tell anyone–I haven’t announced my hiatus yet!) but that’s not just because of Camp–I’m also going to be prepping for college and–that’s kind of scary! And I need the space!

    You are going to do SO great, and I’m looking forward to hearing how it goes!

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    • Meep! PLEASE friend me! I hate being alone. XD Oh my goodness, that sounds like an amazing story, though! I often feel like the books which take everything out of us are some of our best works, so I am extremely excited to see where it takes you, and also proud that you’re pushing through with it despite the demands! 💛

      OH GOODNESS. College! I wish you all the best with prepping for that!!! I have friends in college, and if their experiences have taught me anything, you’re going to have a blast! 💛🖤

      Meep! Thank you so so much, Samantha!!!

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  3. Yay! I’m so excited for you – go do this crazy, exciting thing!

    I also am jumping into camp NaNo for better or worse (July promises to be busy:), and I’m going to try and finish off the first draft of my novel, poorly named Eric and Carla. I sent an invite your way…

    Yes! Let’s do this thing!

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  4. Good luck!
    I have no story writing plans as of yet, but I do want to keep consolidating all my notes and old writing (and do a better job of it!), drawing, and even blogging this month. Consistently moving forward is the main goal.

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    • YESSSS!!! I’m so so excited for your progress, Jethan! Consistency is a major goal of mine moving forward, as well, and it’s so nice to have someone in my inner circle who’s dealing with the same thing! <333

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  5. YOU GOT THIS!!! You’re gonna do awesome!!! <333

    I decided to do Camp NaNo on a whim and I'm slightly terrified XD I'm attempting to write a short story/flash fiction every day for the whole month. I don't know how it's gonna go, but it'll be fun either way :D

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    • Oh my word! Madeline, that sounds incredible!!! I hope it goes incredibly well for you! I’m starting to get into flash fiction more lately, and it’s been…a process for me. XD (chronic overwriter, over here. XD)

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      • Thanks!! It was actually like a TON of fun! Flash fiction has been interesting for me since I’m the type who writes short novels, but long short stories…XD It was tricky writing smaller pieces, but also a lot of fun! (lol I wish I had your problem…I tend to underwrite and it’s a major pain when it comes to editing XD)

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  6. No… hats?? BUT KENZIE. THE HATS. xD

    You’re so very determined and I respect that xD Not only to keep coming back to NaNo, and to blog through it, but to use the website?? (Kill the website, I say, like the irritable tech-grandma I am.) It’s been interesting reading these posts in reverse order, and seeing how the best-laid plans have changed (occasionally in favour of swords, which I’d say is relatable except I do not have a sword *sad face*), but I still applaud you for your goals and your achievements!! *throws edible confetti*

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    • I AM POTENTIALLY BRINGING BACK THE HAT. I mean clearly something is not working??? And it must be???? The hat??????

      I am determinedly still doing the very things which have been proven not to work in the past. Does this make sense? Eh, no. But we don’t look it directly in the face and it’s fine. XD OH MY GOODNESS EDIBLE CONFETTI!!!! *GLOMPS*

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