Alex Callahan

Perfect mix of magic and mayhem

#CampNaNoWriMo during pandemic

I haven’t been feeling particularly motivated or productive lately, not to mention the general anxiety that’s been present almost constantly due to the pandemic.

But I made a decision to edit this year, so that I can work on my craft and I promised myself that I would participate in April Camp NaNo so that I had some timeline and could give myself smaller goals that I could hopefully meet.

My goals this month are small, (or depending how you look at it – realistic) and they are more based on consistency than anything else.

I’ve posted my CampNaNo tracker to Instagram, and I proudly colored two of my boxes so far. Because my goal this month is to keep a writing/editing streak going every day, even if it’s just 300 words.

While I registered my goal on the NaNoWriMo website, I don’t think I’ll be updating my project there. I’m not gonna lie, I hate the redesigned website with a passion. It’s not user friendly, there are glitches abound and basically I chose not to add to my stress levels.

So I’m keeping Camp NaNo to myself, my writing buddy and whoever on twitter wants to engage with me during this time.

I do wonder how my avoidance of the NaNo website will impact my participation and effectiveness of the challenge, but I guess we shall see.

For now things are going well enough. But wish me luck!

I was supposed to be super productive…

I was supposed to be super productive, guys… Yeah… That didn’t work out the way it was supposed to. No surprise there, I guess.

It’s usually the same chain of events: I decide to get my act together and get super productive, life decides I’m not going to get that chance and it takes me a while to recover from the poop life throws at me.

So when I decided that Q1 of 2020 will be productive, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise when I got a very heavy flu in January and it took me a while to recover, life followed that up by me getting a new job within my company which meant February was filled with overtime as I worked to handover my old duties. Then March meant first weeks in my new role, which required a lot of learning, and… well, then the pandemic hit.

I’m not going to lie, the universe usually doesn’t throw logs under my feet that are THAT big…

Now, I’m working from home, not wasting time on commuting, so you’d think it would be easier for me to put some work in on my editing projects… But I’m finding it rather difficult to focus on that these days. The general anxiety that’s present every day and in every interaction outside of the safety of my home does influence my mood and motivation. And so out of over 80 days so far in the year, I worked on editing during 9 of those days. That’s how productive I have been.

As the second quarter of 2020 is coming up, I need to start making plans to see what I could accomplish in this new reality we are being faced with. It’s obvious I need to scale back my plans because the focus will be hard to come by. Though, part of me is hoping that the April Camp NaNo will motivate me enough to get some editing in on a regular basis.

Wish me luck, but more importantly, stay safe and if you can help others try to do that as well.

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