Let us think about a question I asked in my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin last night;
Why is Camp NaNoWriMo so hard?
It shouldn’t be. NaNoWriMo, the November, all in, massive target one is 50k in 30 days. I initially aimed for 30k this month, then lowered it to 20k. I’m currently floundering near the 11,500 mark with eight days left including today.
I have the next two or three thousand words planned out too, which I did on the trains to and from Shrewsbury on Easter Monday. That was a good use of an hour and forty minutes.
And, despite this planning, i’m finding it EXCRUCIATINGLY arseful to get the words out onto a computer screen. I could go and work on my other ideas, but I don’t want to. I’ve already had beta readers look over chapter one, and now they want to see the rest. Working on the other idea would also involve some degree of research which would ultimately take me away from writing. I know the point of NaNo is to write, and not think, but I can’t just make up major plot points based on real life possibilities on inaccurate data. It’s not me.
So, why is Camp so much harder? Is it the lack of incentives? Is it the seemingly ‘easy’ target after doing NaNo in November? Is it because I know I have a second Camp further on in the year? Is it all those days I missed, figuring i’d just catch up later?
Or, am I just a really lazy writer?