It may have taken commitment to blanking the April writing schedule to fit in time, it took great determination (big thanks for your support, especially if you were a virtual cheerleader) to get me through each writing day, especially as I spent about 96% of my time in camp behind the word schedule.
The beginning and end weekends saved me – or rather my manuscript!
It was with pride and a happy step I trekked into camp this morning to enter my final total of 53920 (this does include the appendix) even without it is 53596.
I have never written Non-Fiction to this length and I found it harder than narrative.
Four FAB Things about my Time in Camp!
1) I don’t think I moaned about the bad wintry weather at all this month, as I was glued to my laptop!
2) I saved money from not going out much! (Not had the electricity bill yet!)
3) I have met some wonderful people, cliché but true. (Although this may have been increased by 3 if my Cabin Mates had ever come out of hibernation!)
4) I am looking forward to the next camp in July, have decided what to write, just need to decide what to pack now! Hopefully sunscreen by then! (Crosses her fingers)
My manuscript now stands at 188 pages and over 30 Chapters, it is about half the size it should be. I am aiming to complete it in 80,000 words.
I plan to spend 2 – 4hours every weekend on it and have it ready for submission by the end of 2013 (hopefully before).
My final stats are posted … however, I have already started working on post camp posts, we will see, look out for them Nano-ers.
It looks wrong- not typing in double spacing!
You know when you have been out for the night in a really loud club or gig and you get home, hyped on adrenalin, with a shrill ringing in your ears, you kick off the excruciatingly painful heels and slip out of the tight clothes. And relax. Euphorically happy?! Well that’s how I feel right now!
Camp is Over…. What will you do?
Just before the end of the weekend, with the thought that my camp commitment for NaNoWriMo and NaPoWriMo were coming to an end. I made a super fast decision, another one where I leap before thinking…. (master at those!)
I enrolled on a free writing course at a US University, one of 800 students on the very internationally flavoured course.
The fear was – it started on 22nd April, I filled out the application with the expectation of being turned down due to lateness. I logged in reviewed all video tutorials and googlenet, found out about the assignment and read/posted in the course forum. A few hours later I re-read Part 1 of the course, deadline for assignment 1 = 29th April…
I managed to write it and SUBMIT it in time though, no worries! They emailed yesterday about Part 2 that started Monday just gone. Hope to have some time online tomorrow night (after important meetings and allotment) to study the resources and course materials.
So Camp is Over (think John Lennon)