Camp NaNoWriMo, done in 12 days!

As you might know, I attempted to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month even though I’d be away camping for half of the month (camping while camp is on, hmmm). Somehow, despite knowing the obvious stupidity of it, I didn’t write every single day I was at home, either. As a result, this happened:

Camp NaNo July Graph


You can quite clearly see in the graph above the half of the month I went camping. Then I attempted a desperate comeback towards the end of the month, before deciding I couldn’t be bothered doing it every day. So, at just under 19000 words, I waited until today to finish it in one day, forcing out 11350 words of utterly rubbish short stories in order to reach my goal. BUT I DID IT!

I am now exhausted and feel like I need to sleep for a day, but it’s nice to know I still have it in me to write a crazy amount like that in one day when I have to.

After I’ve rested a bit, I’ll get on with all these other blog posts I’ve been wanting to write for ages! For anybody out there still working on their Camp NaNoWriMo projects, good luck with getting them finished. And if it feels hopeless, just look at my graph – hopefully that’ll serve as a reminder that anything is possible with enough coffee and crazy (I had 8 cups this morning, just so you know).

A Creative Conundrum

As many long time readers will know, I like a good writing challenge (even if my health got in the way a lot last year). I’ve gone through the insanity that is NaNoWriMo (writing 50 000 words of a novel in 30 days) for four Novembers in a row. For the last couple of years I have also tried my hand at two different writing challenges in April – in 2011 I attempted (and won) the sister event to NaNo, Script Frenzy (which has now finished as an official separate event) in which you wrote a 100 page script, and in 2012 I attempted NaPoWriMo – writing 30 poems in 30 days (which I didn’t quite finish).

So with April approaching, I have a choice. Do I attempt NaPoWriMo again, with the goal to actually finish it this year? Or do I go for Camp Nano, where I can either write a novel and elect my own word count, or even write a script (as Script Frenzy has been incorporated into Camp Nano this year)? Or do I do something completely different, and if so, what?

I genuinely can’t decide, all I know is I do want to do something creative during April, especially as I do have some time off work later in the month. So, what do you think? What should I do? What would you do out of these options, and, on that note, are you attempting or considering attempting any of these challenges?