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One thousand words a day in July

In a desperate attempt to get on track with my writing this summer, I have decided to join Camp NaNoWrimo for July. There are two great things about Camp NaNoWriMo compared to regular NaNoWriMo: 1) It’s not smack dab in the middle of one of the craziest months of the year. You can join in April and/or July; fortunately, July is probably the best month out of the year for me to focus on writing because my schedule is the most open it’ll ever be while I’m in school. 2) Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own goal. No longer do I have to feel enslaved by 50,000 word/month, which I often achieved, only to be burned out, depressed, and without any salvageable content by the end.

I have set my goal for 30,000 words/1,000 words a month plus a one-day buffer in case something comes up. I’ve been loosely plotting where I want the story to go in 30,000 words and have a pretty basic trajectory. By the end of July, I will be thrilled to have almost 50,000 words total of Boot Hill‘s rough draft. It would be nice if I could get another 15-20,000 in the month of August, but I’m going to be taking one step at a time.

In other news, I’ve been running into some motivation issues, frustration at work, and my favorite occasional visitor known as depression. All of these circumstances are making it extremely difficult for me to focus, get out of the house, or be productive in any capacity. I’m also having a bit of a style crisis as I realize that the two perspective character voices (Lindsey and Fortun) are essentially just my own voice being projected, and that it’s nearly impossible to differentiate one from the other. This is kind of a big deal and can be lethal to a first person story. It makes me want to scrap everything I already have, rip my hair out, and/or rewrite the whole damn thing, but I know that’s not really an option at this point.

I don’t have a snippet this week, unfortunately, mostly for the reasons above.

Plus, next month my blog will be crawling with snippets galore and you’ll be sick of hearing about these characters by July 31 if you aren’t already.

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