And the Race to 50,000 Words Is On!
June 04, 2012
We’re just rounding the first weekend in the June 2012 edition of Camp Nanowrimo, and here’s the report from the front.
These first few days are always frantic for 30-day novelists. In the dawn of the month, word counts are still low—mine is under 3,000—which makes writers feel like every word counts and must be chosen and placed with great care. Of course, great care is the enemy to the 30-day novel. Believe me, it’s much easier to write at 30,000 words than it is at 3,000. Later in the book, there’s more going on. So, you can give yourself more leeway in how expressive you are, but here at the beginning…well, it’s rough.
There’s another villain waiting for novelists in these early days of writing—Doubt. Writers are well acquainted with Doubt and its close friend Lack of Confidence, and these villains push more heartily against unsuspecting novelists in the early days when it is still unclear if we are actually writing anything good. To get through this first week, writers need a lot of faith and persistence. Also, cookies. Feel free to donate some to a writer you know.
At Boardwalk, we’re gearing up for our first June write-in on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. The Library will supply some space, power cords, and writing exercises to help Campers press on toward their 50,000-word goal. Otherwise, that’s it for the first days. Stories are still emerging from the darkened corners of our minds, and we’re putting as many words to them as possible.
Keep writing, Campers. You can do it!
Brian M./ 2804 words