Writing update: my April 2022 camp nano plans

Hello, and happy Monday! I feel like March has gone by quite fast, and I realized a few days ago that 2022’s first camp nanowrimo starts in just a couple of days. I have a lot of plans for this month of writing, and I’m excited to talk about them today. April is going to be a busy month for me, with school, blogging, and lots of writing, but I’m going to do my best to fit in as much as I can! Anyways, here we go into all my plans for this April’s camp nano!

Nanowrimo stands for national novel writing month, and takes place during the month of November when writers attempt to write a novel in a month. However, the organization has other big events throughout the year, like camp nano which takes place in April and July. Camp nano is the place for smaller projects, or revisions, or really any types of writing, which is always fun.

The book that I will be working on:

The book that I will be working on this April is a YA fantasy that I’ve been chipping away at for the last year. It is narrated by three main characters & royals: Ivara, Cassia, and Elowyn, and follows their three different storylines that all tie connect when they all learn of a dragon that has the power to destroy the world.

Where I am with it currently:

I started drafting it at the end of last April, and have slowly but steadily made more and more progress on it since then. I currently have a little over 25,000 words in the draft, and I also have a lot of details on where the rest of the novel is going.

I’ve planned out most of the chapters for the rest of the book, and pretty confidently know where I’m going with each of the characters, and with how the book is going to end.

My goals for the month:

My goal for the month is to get to 50,000 words total in the draft, which means writing about 25,000 words total throughout the month. I think that that will be reasonable because that’s under a thousand words day, and if I write extra on weekends, I think I’ll be able to make it.

I don’t think that I will have a finished first draft at the end of the month; I definitely see the book ending up longer than 50,000 words, but I think that if I can push for the next few weeks to get myself to 50,000 words, then that will bring me very close to being able to finish the first draft!

My plans for getting there:

My goal is 25,000 words, which means I’ll need to write about 830 words a day. I definitely think that this will be manageable if I write extras on the weekends when I don’t have much going on and on Mondays, when I don’t have anything after school.

I also will try to write in school when I can, if I finish assignments early, and during lunch and stuff, and I’ve found that this works well to help me get an extra couple hundred words in per day.

Wrapping this up:

I guess I don’t have much else to write here, but it was nice to do this little check in, and it’s made me feel much more prepared for April. I’m also going to try to do a camp nano check in about halfway through the month to see where I am with writing, so you can look forwards to that in a couple of weeks!

Are you doing Camp Nano this April? Do you have any writing projects you’re working on right now? Chat with me in the comments below!

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