Didn’t Make My Camp NaNoWriMo Goal But Still Writing!

Since today is the last day of July and therefore the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d give an update. No shocker really (since I slowed down dramatically on word counts) but I didn’t make my 50,000 words written of my memoir goal during the month of July. I still plan on finishing it and still plan on updating on Twitter (@wordsbylaura) and Instagram (@writingbylaura) my progress.

So my final word count for July Camp NaNoWriMo is 32,450 out of the intended 50,000. I have 17,550 words to go to reach 50,000. Feels doable (says the lady who just missed a goal).

Image from: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com

One of the reasons I feel like I didn’t succeed was that I REALLY didn’t change my schedule at all or make my writing a priority. I found this blog that gives tips on continuing NaNoWriMo habits into the year and the above graphic is from that site. Part of my problem is I didn’t make it a priority and I didn’t structure my day around writing.

Since I still feel the need to write my story and try and get it published (and that’s probably going to be a challenging process) putting structure into place will help.

My plan now is to MAKE A PLAN! Or an actual writing schedule. And finish a really solid rough draft of my memoir and have it ready for others to read by mid August. I also need to nail down who will be my readers and maybe find forms or something for them to follow when tracking changes and revisions.

I will update on Twitter and Instagram when I have a more formal plan in place. Remember I’m on Twitter: @wordsbylaura and I’m on Instagram: @writingbylaura

My primary goal throughout all of Camp NaNoWriMo has been to Write My Story! And really to give an honest portrayal of surviving and living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). As I read through everything that I’m writing I’m pleased that I’m doing those two things. Because if anything is a priority in all of this it’s the story of what happened and is happening. I say that because it’s not just my story that I’m telling. I mean it is. But by telling it I’m also trying to honor the people who have made my survival and recovery possible. Ohhhh, I think I need to put this in the memoir!





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