I haven’t been able to participate in November’s NaNoWriMo for a few years thanks to university. I used to take part regularly but developed mixed feelings about it, as it’s not always feasible to write 1,666 words a day. I’m of the opinion that you don’t need to write every day, as long as you keep up some form of consistency and don’t go weeks or months without devoting time to your craft. As a busy student, my usual aim is 500 words per day – any more than that is a bonus. I don’t beat myself up if I miss a day here and there, though. Life happens, and sometimes, life comes first.
Still, I decided to register for Camp NaNoWriMo this April because I want to get a serious amount of words down, despite having exams to study for. This is probably crazy, but I’m convinced I can do it. So, what are my goals?
- Write 1,000 words a day
- Write 30,000 words in April (this would bring me to 70,000 on my current draft of Realm of Ruin)
- Balance studying and writing
- Make time for exercise
I think that last one is really important; studying and writing aren’t exactly active tasks and I want to make sure I don’t feel sluggish or unmotivated.
Wish me luck! I’ll probably do an update halfway through the month to share my progress.