Writing Update: Camp NaNo Week 1 (April 2023)

I somehow made 45 book-ish posts on this blog without mentioning I’m a writer.

That’s more than I expected.

Who am I, exactly?

Here’s a quick introduction: I’m Jules. I’ve been writing novels since I could hold a pen. I studied English literature & French literature at Mount Allison University from 2015 to 2019. I have too many writing projects to describe all of them here (and they’re not relevant right now) but they are all in the fantasy genre.

I’m posting this for accountability.

My Current Project

In September 2022, I started writing one of the projects that had been brewing on the back of my mind for years. I call it the KASS draft, since it follows Kassius (wizard) & Kassandra (necromancer) on their path to greatness. Over the last 7 months, I wrote 64,466 words for this series.

My goal/deadline was to reach 100,000 words by the end of June.

A couple days ago, I decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to move my progress along. My tentative goal is 50,000 words. If everything goes well, I’ll be meeting my deadline one month early.

My first week looked a little bit like this:

Day 1 – Saturday

I had 4 writing sessions before work, totalling 76 minutes and 2079 words. I was too tired to write after my 10 hour shift.

Day 2 – Sunday

I had 3 writing sessions, totalling 53 minutes and 821 words.

Day 3 – Monday

I had 1 long writing session after my 10 hour shift, totalling 89 minutes and 2036 words.

Day 4 – Tuesday

I had 1 writing session before my 10 hour shift, totalling 31 minutes and 825 words.

Day 5 – Wednesday

I had 1 writing session in the morning, totalling 24 minutes and 359 words. I meant to write more in the evening, but fell asleep.

Day 6 – Thursday

I had 2 writing sessions in the morning & 1 in the evening, totalling 116 minutes and 3348 words.

Day 7 – Friday

I had 3 writing sessions before my 9.5 hour shift & 2 more afterwards, totalling 124 minutes and 3300 words.

Weekly Totals

I wrote 12,786 words in total. It took a total of 536 minutes (8.9 hours). At this rate, I might win Camp NaNoWriMo.

Important disclaimer: NaNoWriMo is not about “winning” or reaching 50k. Slow progress is still progress. Whether I reach my goal or give up in the first week, I’ll be happy I wrote new words. I’ll be further along than I was at the beginning of the month.

Weekly Overview

Here’s a little extra, for those who enjoy data!

This daily overview is auto-generated from the data entered on the previous page (my session tracker).

The columns represent (in order): date / day of week / wordcount / minutes / # of sessions / avg. length of session / avg. words per minute / avg. energy / avg. focus

This spreadsheet has been incredibly helpful despite its kinks (it’s a work in progress, I’m building it myself). I’ve been using it since November 24, 2022 to track the project on this series.

I’ll show more glimpses over the course of the month.

Find me

See you next week for another writing update!

One response to “Writing Update: Camp NaNo Week 1 (April 2023)”

  1. sherijkennedyriverside Avatar

    Good luck at Camp! I’ve been working on my series for several years and published as I went along. The last two books in the series feel like a lot of pressure but are also exciting to work on with the big finish in sight. I’m using Camp to motivate me to move forward too. Thanks for stopping by my blog! ~KJQ aka Sheri

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