Camp NaNoWriMo

I have done NaNoWriMo as well as the Camp version many times in the past. (Every year from 2006-2013!) In fact, portions of both our published novels were composed as NaNo (rebel) projects. I love the motivation and support that NaNoWriMo provides. There’s an incredible energy to it.

The past couple of years I have skipped NaNoWriMo, because I had a couple of babies. :P Seriously, though, I never imagined, before having kids, how much it would affect my writing.

A) Raising little boys takes up a lot of time and energy. During my formerly-most productive times of day, I now either have little boys to care for, or I’m exhausted from caring for said kidlets.
B) Post-partum depression seriously affects my creative energy.

I read an article a few months ago by an author who declared that sometimes mom-writers mistake writer’s block for what is really PPD. This article was a real turning point for me. Previously, I have felt really guilty and/or frustrated with myself when I have struggled to work on my books. I mean, writing novels is supposed to be fun, right? But while battling depression, doing anything creative feels a lot like pulling teeth.

It’s hard because I know our readers have been waiting for our third book for a long time. I get asked periodically when the trilogy will be completed. It’s hard to admit to our readers, whom I want so desperately to please, that I simply haven’t written anything in months. That I haven’t wanted to write. That I haven’t really been able to write.

Happily, the fog of depression is beginning to lift. This happened about a year after my first son was born, so I’m excited to been feeling a bit more like myself only 8 months after the birth of #2. I still struggle some days, but I actually feel like I can commit to Camp NaNoWriMo this time around.

Camp begins on July 1st. My goal is to write 30,000 words. Or more! Since we have already 33k written in Buk Tri (“book three” of our Seventh Empire series), this should put us around one-third complete. Wish me luck!

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About vmech
Writer, Taekwondo instructor, and adoption advocate. Author of THE TALE OF TELSHARU and THE SCOURGE OF NARAK.

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