Alex Callahan

Perfect mix of magic and mayhem

I won #CampNaNo!

(I wanted to post this on 29 July, but I got distracted by Hobbs and Shaw… Don’t judge me)

I decided on a crazy goal for this year’s Camp NaNo. Not only was I writing in a genre I haven’t written in before. But I also wrote with a minimal outline. Just to see where it would take me.

And now, I need you to take a look at the date of this post.

That’s right! I won Cam NaNo!

I met my goal and I finished Draft Zero of a project that’s been in my brain for years.

And I did it all with days to spare!

The best thing about it? I decided to try and see if I could write the initial draft in one month, so I set my goal at 50K. And after 27 days and 51 thousand words later, I am a winner 🙂

look at my professional screencapping skills /o\

On top of it all, I also accepted a challenge from Lyra Parish to write 10K in a day on July 20 and those of you following me on Instagram know that I also met that challenge!

It took me 14 hours with breaks (or 8.5h of non-stop writing, depends on how you want to count it) but I wrote over 10 thousand in a day. One-fifth of my initial draft was written in a single day.

This month showed me what I’m truly capable of. I knew I could write 50k in a month, I’ve won NaNoWriMo in the past. But I’ve been in a writing slump for a long time already and so I wasn’t sure I still had the passion to pull it off.

Turns out: I can totally pull it off and writing novels is still something that brings me joy.

And before you ask: why yes, I am going to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo.

November can’t come too soon!

CampNaNo is here!

I wanted to post this on July 1st, but I was busy writing and so everything else took a back seat. But today I’ve reached a 5000 words milestone (right on schedule even!) and decided it’s a good moment to write and post that blog I wanted.

I’m terrified, because I’m writing a crime novel instead of my usual urban fantasy, and I’m aiming to finish it by mid-August. Hopefully, I’ll get even 60K in by the end of July. So yes, I have big plans.

The reason why I’m terrified is that I haven’t written a word of fiction since February and I’ve been struggling with the editing process. It was draining me and my enthusiasm… So I’ve allowed my friend to talk me into trying Camp NaNo and decided to try something new.

To clense the pallate if you will 🙂

Wish me luck!

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