Hopes and Goals | Camp NaNoWriMo April 2021

For about two years now, I've been working on my first novel (well, second if you count the one I wrote when I was ten years old). After starting multiple first drafts and throwing them out when I felt like they weren't good enough, I'm ready to just completely write out a first draft. No distractions, no editing, no giving up.

With that, I've decided to take part in my first Camp NaNoWriMo with the goal of writing 40,000 words during April.

For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual writeathon that originally took place in November. The goal was to write 50,000 words of your novel within 30 days. For April 2021, you can set your own word count goals, and I've decided to aim for 40,000 words. With my busy schedule, it would be hard to reach 50,000, but I still want to get a good amount done, among a few other goals.

Fall in Love Again | My main goal is to fall in love with writing again. It's not so much that I don't love it anymore, but I've been doing it for the wrong reasons. I don't do it for the pure passion of it, I do it because I feel like I have to get a blog post out every week, because I have to get a certain amount of words done. Even though I have a word count goal, I want to do this so I can get back into the swing of things again.

Be a Part of a Community | Another reason I'm doing this is so I can be a part of a community. Joining the Writing Community on Twitter was one of the best decisions I've ever made on social media. Knowing that I'm a part of something big and that I'm not alone in writing makes the whole experience so much better.

Stop Procrastinating | Possibly my biggest goal is to stop procrastinating and just start writing. There's always some excuse - I need to do more research, I need to focus on university work. I want to put my focus on something I enjoy doing, something that gives me a sense of purpose. (Not that I don't enjoy university, but I need something that's like a hobby.)

Are you taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what are your goals? Best of luck to every writer, no matter where you are on your journey.

Until the next time,


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