Picking Up the Pen

I think I might attempt CampNaNo next month. I haven’t really taken anytime to write fiction for basically two years. I think the last time I tried to write something off the cuff fictional was in April of 2013. lol. It’s been a while. I think I need to stretch my creative writing muscles.

 For those who aren’t familiar with the acronym NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which occurs every year in November. It’s a fun challenge to see if you can reach 50k words of fiction in thirty days, and it comes with a fun community of fellow writers. There are local meet ups all across the country plus all of the online frivolities and you get a nifty little certificate when you win by surpassing 50k words.

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It doesn’t mean anything aside from your own personal accomplishment, but writing that many words in 30 days or less isn’t easy. My first year attempting it I only made it to the half way point and I thought it was quite possibly going to be the death of me. lol. There are also some discounts on writing software available to those who meet or surpass 50k words. I mean really it’s just for fun, but it’s something I enjoy doing as long as I have the time.

CampNaNo is basically the same thing except they do two different events in the Spring and Summer, and you can choose your own word count goal anywhere from 10k words all the way up to 100k I believe. I usually start small during the Camp months and work my way up. The first time I attempted it I went for the traditional 50k, and made it pretty easily. I’m not sure what I’ll aim for next month… yes I realize that next month is only a few days away. This is my traditional: “Hey, I think I’m going to do this thing” week. lol. I rarely plan more than a week ahead for my writing projects, and so far it’s served me well. Plus being for fun, it doesn’t really matter if I actually do it or not. lol.

I need something to occupy my brain. Keeping up with the gym has given my physical body something to do to burn off excess energy and such, but my mind is going a bit numb from the constant flow of depressing news streaming through my social media channels recently. I can feel myself slipping away into apathy and that’s not good. When I get apathetic I get anxious and have a tendency to get myself in trouble. It was a nice balance with school tossed in the mix, but now I’m having a little trouble staying focused, but I think the challenge of fiction will keep me occupied. At least for the next thirty days. lol.

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