What to do with Camp NaNoWriMo

April is Camp NaNoWriMo! I have set a goal for myself of 30 hours of time spent doing writing-related things.

When I set the goal, I thought that would be 100% revision time. Now that it’s April 3rd and I only have a handful of chapters left to edit, I’m beginning to realize it’s not going to be all revision time. In fact, I might have Hot Mess #1 not quite so messy and ready for a polish by the end of the week.

I’ll have approximately 20 hours left by then.

My options are:

  1. Start editing hot mess #2, which remains untouched since NaNoWriMo wrapped up last year.
  2. Start writing hot mess #3 which absolutely has to be written
  3. Start writing something else. I have a project in mind, but it’s the project I’m cheating on my current trilogy by daydreaming about.

My gut is telling me to start on Hot Mess #3. It’s going to be a cool story. Plus I’m feeling so much momentum with this trilogy and the world I’m creating. And finally, it’ll be nice to say that I at least have a trilogy drafted when I potch Hot Mess #1 to agents.

Little status update on Hot Mess #1: It’s up to 70,000 words with most of the major rewrites done (for now.) There are probably a few scenes that can be cut, but I’m on the fence about them.

My writer’s retreat is at the end of May, and that’s when I’m going to read it out loud to myself and try to “hear” everything that needs fixing. Hopefully, by then, I’ll have a good 15k words done on Hot Mess #3 and once I feel that HM#1 is ready, I can work on #3 while revising #2.

I’m tired just thinking about it, but I’m pretty proud of the progress.

How’s your Camp NaNo going?

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