This July, I'm participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. But unlike most, I didn't set a word count goal.
If you're not familiar with Camp NaNoWriMo, it's just like November's National Novel Writing Month, except instead of setting their sights on 50,000 words over the course of the month, participants set their own goals. They may want to write 20k words—or 80k. It's all up to the writer.
This July, my novel is not my main focus, for a few reasons. I'm spending a lot of time building my business. I'm in the early stages of house hunting. I'm spending more time in the woods, hiking and backpacking (which has been a huge contribution toward my continued sanity). I'm also querying a previous work. And I'm taking care of a new puppy and spending as much time as possible with him.
Oh, you haven't seen pictures? You must not follow me on Twitter.
All of this is to say that setting a specific word count goal would not have been productive for me right now. It would have created unnecessary stress and wouldn't have actually resulted in any more wordage. But amidst all this, I knew I needed to put in the extra effort to make writing a priority. I'm not in a hurry with this manuscript. I'm really taking my time and enjoying the process. But I don't want it to fall by the wayside.
Victoria Griffin is an author and editor based in East Tennessee. She provides developmental and line editing for traditionally and independently publishing authors. Her short fiction has appeared in more than 40 publications, and she is represented by Sandy Lu of L. Perkins Agency.
She is the author of the workbooks Edit Like a Pro and Craft Your Query. She is also the owner of Blue Pen Publishing Services, which provides book design and branding services for independent authors. Email Victoria.