I did not manage to complete NaNoWriMo 2015. I got to about 5,000 words, worked some nasty doubles and closes and just never recovered. I found myself struggling to work on the novel and drifted to other writing projects. I never wanted to give up on it but I just sort of hit a brick wall and couldn’t get past it.
I don’t remember how I found out about Camp NaNoWriMo. But it appealed to me a bit more. You get a month to write, but instead a novel, it’s whatever you want. I settled on some short stories, a goal of 25,000, centered around a character. I want to use this character and write a novel come November with NaNoWriMo 2016. Somehow, 25,000 still seems like a lot but still more manageable, like a 1,000 words a day doable. I have a rough idea of what I want to do. I sort of concieved this character last November when I was debating what to write about. My eventual hope is to have these small collection of short stories propel a larger plot for November when I attempt to write a novel again.
I don’t know. April is already shaping up to be tough. I am on the fence about getting a second job, yet again, what to do with my life and so on. The second job thing is really nagging at me though. I need to make more money, I really need to cut back on my spending. My anxiety has been really bad to the point where I don’t want to deal with it anymore. I am looking forward to going back out into the surf soon, I am looking forward to my mini vacation to Kitty Hawk, and I am looking forward to sanctioning off one hour a day just for my writing for April’s writing project. It’s the small things that have to get you by. I splurged and got a mini keyboard to go with my Amazon Fire tablet so I can write on the go and keep my stuff stored in the cloud.
This collection of short stories might be the one thing that keeps me sane this coming month.