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  • Writer's pictureCheyanne Lepka

Reflections on Camp Nano April 2018

So, I know I’m a little late with this, but I’ve been taking some solid relax time (yes, that does mean reading a lot and posting reviews). But I figure, am I even doing NaNoWriMo right if I don’t reflect on my April camp?

So, for those of your who don’t know, I did something a little different this month. I’m still struggling with editing Erut’s Choice, so I really wanted to get moving on that again. So, I set a goal to edit 150 pages. This would account for everything I had already edited and some progress on top of that. I figured, I would get one final read through of those chapters and then start working on new chapters.

Fuck, if that happened.

My Mom's puppy Mikka

There’s a list of excuses as to why work on it halted, but really, it just boils down to: April was shit show. First, my mom got a puppy. I’m staying with her while I’m at work, which means, I get to share in this puppy (she’s adorable and I love her little soul to pieces). But suddenly, I was dealing with a toddler, whose bites are brutal and who has absolutely no manners (that’s just like all toddlers, right?). Anyway, that was very distracting. Add on still working full-time, a brief flu bug and some serious anxiety and almost no writing got done.

Yeah, that doesn’t bode well, does it?

Well, I’m actually tempted to call April a win. See, I didn’t make my goal of 150 pages, (I ended up lowering my goal to 100, and then barely scraping past that), but I did get past the part that was already edited, made some minor changes (again), renumbered my chapters (again). But most importantly, coming into May? I’m working again! So, I think it was a successful month. With only one serious melt-down – sorry to the critique partners who dealt with that, you know who you are and you're amazing for talking me down and being such a great support system. 100 million times thank you.

More importantly, I’m actually starting to feel sort of confident about these chapters. I know the goal has always been to get this book ready to query, but I’ve never before been at a place where I could realistically see doing that soon (my soon is like a year from now lol). Now, there’s a long way to go still (like 80% of a book to still get through). But I have an idea of my destination now, and a better idea of what it’s going to take to get there.

So, all in all, good camp.

Did you participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this past month?

How did it go?

Feel free to share in the comments.

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