In the beginning of this whole thing, my friend and I decided, for the sake of his sanity more than mine, that we’d focus only on getting to 25k, and collectively, 50k. The plan was, don’t strain yourself. If you miss a day, no big deal, you have a lot more pressing engagements anyway.
We did miss a few days. We skipped days altogether where we couldn’t get up any inspiration or were just more interested in watching movies or running around Calaveras county and doing whatever we wanted. I had days where I’d write 4-5k easily, and he couldn’t get the chance to write more than the 800 or so daily wordcount. We allowed ourselves to relax and not fret about it at all.
And then he finished all of his pressing work and we had three days left with 10k past our goal and we were suddenly eyeing 50k.
“We could do it if we pushed,” he said.
“I’ve written 10k in a couple days before,” I agreed.
And then suddenly it’s July 31st and we’re pulling prompts and ideas to write about from every which direction we can just to pin down wordcount. It’s about 4:45-5:00 p.m. when I realize, he has 47k and I have 43k. He was behind me before he finished his work and now he was kicking my ass like he was teaching me the meaning of it. Not to mention he’s got two hours on me.
So now it’s 11:45, and I’m at 45.5k words, and I’m okay with that. I wonder how much of that was my personal thought of, “I can’t do this,” though, but to be fair, I had dragged myself in deep with being as wordy as possible about everything my MC was encountering and it was dragging me down something fierce.
I will say that I’m kinda glad for July to be over. I think we might finish the story out anyway, afterward, but it’s kinda hard to tell. I’m ready to jump back into other projects and lose myself in the other different ideas and sprawling storylines and the new ones too. Speaking of, he and I had just picked up another story and finally got running with it, so that bodes well.
That story is my first foray into being the “dungeonmaster” of a joined project, so it is providing to be an exciting challenge.
Anyway, all in all, winning Camp Nano with soaring colors this time around, and it feels good. Now the countdown for NaNoWriMo begins!!
-The Novice Wordsmith