I’ve done NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNo before, with mixed success. But one thing that it’s really awesome at is giving me something concrete to track. I’ll need to keep setting myself my own personal writing metrics to track, but since July is a Camp NaNo session I’m going to jump-start my writing tracking by using their metrics and trackers for it.
The goal I set for myself for July’s CampNaNo is to spend 30 hours of the month writing. I want to use the writing time to plan for an urban fantasy story idea I have. Ideally I will spread the writing time out over the entire month and get a daily routine started. (That’s why I have a time set and not a word count.) However, at 30 hours for the month, that’s not quite an hour per day. Mostly, because I wasn’t sure when setting the goal exactly what the routine I hoped to set would be. Would it be weekdays only? Every day except one day of rest? Not sure.
Honestly, we’re 3 days into July, and I’m still not sure.
But! I am making progress in at least being aware of my desire to make this a habit. I am focusing where I want to be, even if I haven’t yet determined my best writing schedule.
It’s an interesting challenge. I’ve never really focused on writing before when I lived with other people that I couldn’t lock myself away from, so to speak. I did a bit of this when I lived with my parents, but they knew I needed some writing time and wouldn’t disturb me when I went into my room to write and closed the door. And with my ex, we were so disconnected from each other most of the time that I could pretend he wasn’t even present. (There’s a reason why he’s an ex.)
Now, though, it’s different. I like spending time with Mr. Wyrm. And with his work schedule and commute, I don’t like closing myself off from him after he gets home from work, which I would need to do in order to write. It looks like mid-late afternoon will be my best writing time, but that’s not when I’m used to it. Ah well, that just means there’s a learning curve. The challenge is what keeps this interesting, right? (Yes, I know. Writing a novel is itself challenging enough to be interesting. Shh.)