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).
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.
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!