July means camp time. Yes traditional camping in the woods and the writing kind over at NaNoWriMo. In July, writers set a writing (or editing) goal. As a writer, I find motivation when I write during these types of challenges, especially on those days when I don’t feel like writing. The competitor in me pushes through the excuses when I see other writers posting about their personal goals. I rarely wait until the last minute to plan my goal but here I am a few days prior (is anyone else thrown off that the month of June is nearly over?! Or is that just me?). I have two projects in mind which I will combine for my goal of writing 25,000 words in July. I wanted to do more but will be out of town for a few days in July so I have to be realistic.
Last week, I wrote about my dilemma of deciding between two book ideas. I also posted the article over on Medium, asking for advice. Rambling Rose, a fellow Medium writer, gave me some excellent advice to see which I’m more excited to work on. I haven’t given myself much time to think about Book Idea Two so I’m going to spend July freewriting my ideas and seeing where that takes me. I need to decide by the end of July. There will be no turning back, one idea will need to wait.
I’m also working on a nonfiction book. I’m taking part in a writing challenge held by Shaunta Grimes which begins in July. The challenge is called Blog Your Own Book. In August, I will post each day on Medium. I will turn those 31 posts into a book that I will self-publish at the end of this year or early next year.
Will you be attending Camp NaNoWriMo in July? What is your goal? Share in the comments below! Add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo site.