For this Camp NaNoWriMo, participants are able to set personal goals in a variety of ways: word counts, pages, lines, hours, or minutes (which means it wouldn’t be difficult to start late!). I opted for the traditional word count and set my goal to 30,000. During the November event, the goal is 50,000 words in 30 days. I figured that 30,000 words in 30 days would still be a challenge, yet not as stressful.
So, of course, I froze yesterday. Fortunately, I recovered and still managed to write 2,000 words last night. Whew!
Then I woke up convinced that I’d gone about everything all wrong, and would need to reorganize my opening scene. I worried that it was a tangled and rambling mess, while I hoped it provided a clear hook paired with a dash of succinct background.
Which led me to try something I’ve not done; I printed the opening and asked my son to review it.
Yes, I’m even self-conscious having my twelve-year-old son read my work. Apparently I need to eradicate my low writer’s confidence, and this book promises be the ideal project for that.
Anyway, my son says it’s “really good so far” and doesn’t need any reorganizing! Since I’m primarily writing this book with my children in mind, this was all the encouragement I needed.