Monday, July 31, 2017

Ending Camp and Beginning Again

It's the last day of the month, so that means I only have to write 6412 words by midnight to meet my Camp NaNoWriMo goal.

Uh... since it's Monday (the busiest day of my week) and since it's more than 5k left to go, I doubt I will make it. This project isn't schedule to be released until January 2018, so I know I don't have to rush the process right now. I just have to get it all down on paper first.

The best thing I can do right now is keep it all in perspective. Not hitting 10,000 words in a month seems like I was slacking, but when I take the time to consider how many words a day I really write, it doesn't seem so bad. Combining paid freelancing gigs, blogging, book reviews and journaling, I probably write close to 5k per day before I start working on any of my other projects. If I had the luxury to do nothing but work on one single project for the whole month, I don't think it's out of this world to say I could write a full first draft every 30 days. But who has that luxury? I'm not sure any writer does.

And then comes August. I like to try and concentrate on a single project every month, and I'm leaning towards scripts again with a drama feature that I just need to finish revising. I'm still trying to get my pesky toes in those waters, but it's slow going. Stage 32 seems okay for networking, but without a completed project (other than short scripts I've done in the past), there's not really any momentum. But my drama would be cheap to produce, so let's see if I can network with the right person at the right time.

What are you working on in August?


K R Smith said...

Have you checked Script Pipeline ( )? I don't know anything about them, but they have contests for TV and screen writing (some are free, some have a fee). Once you have a script ready, it might be a place to start.

Also, one of the writing panels I attended at Shore Leave was about finding the time to write (Your Writing or Your Life). I'm not really sure it helped much, but it let me know that almost every writer is fighting other obligations in their life to make room for writing. You do what you can!

Terri Deno said...

Hadn't checked that site out yet. Thanks for the link! I didn't think there were any no-fee contests for scripts, but if there are, I'm all on it.

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