April is at a close and so is the first camp of the year. You got work on any project that you wanted to. I decided to work on writing (supposedly) and finishing my short story collection that I have titled Moments.
Moments is about John and Julia, lawyer and communications specialist. It’s about what makes them who they are when they meet and how they grow and change together and separately over the course of their lives. It’s set in my home town of Calgary, Alberta with some honorable mentions to Lethbridge, Alberta and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
I’ve been working on this series for about four to five years now – and I am still nowhere close to finishing it.
I’m okay with that. I know I am going to have to go back and do a lot of revisions — I’m not entirely looking forward to that. I’m also afraid of letting this story go to the rest of the world. It has some very personal and real feelings placed into some of my scenes.
Until this past month, I haven’t worked on this series in a year. It took a little while to convince John and Julia to talk to me again and tell me how they wanted their story to develop. As a result of this, I had to go back and look over a lot of what I had written.
I fell into the trap of re-reading and editing a bit as I read and didn’t actually write very much to further the events of their story. (I should’ve edited my project goals to match this, but I forgot.) So, I still “completed” my goal of “writing” a 100 pages more of their journey.
I still feel like I haven’t accomplished anything this past month though.
Which is fine, but I know I really need to buckle down more and get to work. As much as I liked being a part of the NaNoWriMo camp, I felt that it wasn’t the complete motivation I was needing to make sure I sat down at my computer everyday for a month so I can get my characters out onto a page.
I’m not going to say it was an all bad experience. I was with a wonderful group of “cabin mates”, but we were generally pretty quiet. There was not a lot of chatter or encouragement and as the month wore on a lot of said chatter and enthusiasm fell. I did, however, enjoy that I was with a bunch of like minded people who were going through the same thing I was.
Overall, I will be joining the camp in July. I loved being around a lot of different people going through the same things I was and still am. I also enjoyed the enthusiasm everyone brings to their projects.
I, however, will not just wait for July to come around.
I will ensure that I will make the time to write in the months leading up to the next camp. I think I’ll also set a less drastic goal than write 100 pages worth of story. It was a daunting task to undertake. I think setting a more realistic goal is in order for me to get anything done.
On that note, if anyone else joined in on the April camp, I’d be interested in knowing how it went for you.