Monday, 29 April 2019

Monthly Challenge: April

Good morning ladies and gents. Monday is here again and I hope you're finding ways to keep the Mondayitis at bay. We have reached the end of yet another month which means it is time for me to reveal my monthly challenge! I don't think it really needs much announcing though as we all know this month's challenge was Camp NaNoWriMo. I did blog about it at least once, maybe even twice.

I set myself and incredibly low and easy to achieve word count goal; 2,500 words. A feat that I accomplished with ease by day three. Honestly, if I'd been kid and distraction free, I'd have got that done on day one. It was easy and what I wrote is the very definition of rough. I had planned to go back to the piece once Vala was away for the school holidays and work on it some more. I wanted to add dialogue, more description and add scenes that I'd either skipped or simply summarised. However, motivation left me and once I got the rough outline of the piece written up and Camp "won", I couldn't be bothered to go back and work on it more. My word count never increased after day three and on the 20th, I was able to validate my work and get my "win" plus my certificate. I printed it out and put it in the frame above my desk that had last years Camp NaNoWriMo winners certificate but I honestly don't feel any emotional attachment to it. Last years certificate felt more deserved as I wrote 30 pages within 27 days. 2,500 words was a cake walk and given the fact it only took three days (technically 2 as I didn't write at all on the second day), I just didn't feel like I really gave Camp any real effort this year.

I think I've got too much going on in my head and stuff to sort out with life, to actually concentrate on my fictional world right now. I've still not completed editing my first draft yet. It's not that I don't want to finish it but I've just had no passion or desire to actually work on it. It's on the back burner and I'm not sure how long I'm going to leave it there for. What Camp NaNoWriMo showed me, is that I've lost my creative flare right now. I've lost my passion to write. I'm not sure how or why I lost it but I do plan on slowly working on it and trying to get my mojo back... eventually.

Either way, this months challenge was completed very easily and very quickly. Next month I think I may have to set myself a harder challenge.

Until next time,
Alli xo


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