A Camping We Will Go: Update

We’ve hit week two of Camp Nano, and me and my friend are still trucking through. I am, for once, actually writing more than he is, but I have an unfair advantage because I have nowhere near as much work to do as he does. Originally, he wasn’t even going to do the month, but I’d expressed an interest and we found an idea we liked.

During the previous Nano Camp, I had the worst time ever. I hit a major block, barely grabbing 25k out of my 50k proposed goal and making very little productive revisions.
I am a lot happier with this month’s progress, obviously. It helps me realize that I was only having a bad month and that I blew out of the funk that I’d dug myself into and I am very thankfully, doing better and writing better.
I found it odd in April, because usually I am very motivated when I have a wordcount goal. I know what I need to do and I do everything I can to reach it, but when I put my revision goal in there too, it helped me feel like I’d actually do it, too, since I’d been putting it off. Instead, what I got was clogged up, unable to write or think well and just absolutely sputtering out. It was an upsetting month for me.
Luckily, I can say that I haven’t glanced back at that… whatever, had caused that to happen. My thought was that I’d spent a couple weeks waiting for my laptop to be repaired, in an old room that I felt like I had no business being in. Maybe it just threw me for a harder loop than I expected.
I am not being thrown for any loops this time! I’m at about 21k of a 25k proposed goal, and I should finish by tomorrow or the next day.
I should be happy for the long flights ahead of me tomorrow, too, on my way out to California, but I fear for my laptop’s battery. Layovers are good things that help you recharge, though! I’ve never had a flight come in so late, though, I’ll be touching down at 11:30 eastern and I’m central time, so it’ll be about 1 a.m. my time. Damn. Still, very much looking forward to it.
Anyway, the writing is coming along well. This is my first time doing a joint project, but I’m really liking it so far, and having a partner is very fun. We’ve been blazing through the story and we’ve still got 21 days left!
A little frustration goes to not feeling up to par with my vocabulary as usual, but I’ll get back to normal soon. And, mystery is new and exciting, I’ve never done it before, but I didn’t know if I’d be good at it. So far so good, though, even if I’m a little sketchy about it. It’s all about hiding things and figuring out how to find them, and who finds them and why, and while i know how to do that with some developments, I’ve never made it the whole MO of the story.
If anyone has any suggestions or tips, I’d love to know!
-The Novice Wordsmith

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