July 2020 Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

What am I working on this Camp NaNoWriMo? Getting this damned book done!

It is July, and that means it’s Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s a bit more laid back than November, but it’s still a great time to get some words in. I’m so excited for this month!

Things will be a teensy bit different, though. I often try to get in an actual in-real-life camping trip during Camp (both in April and July), but April’s wasn’t even planned because of the pandemic and July’s is now cancelled due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases (so also the pandemic… yay for people who refuse to social distance and wear masks… ‘MURICA!). I might have to console myself by setting up my one-person tent on our patio.

However, this means I will probably always have access to electricity and internet, so I won’t have to plan around my off-grid days. This makes things a little easier because I have BiG gOaLs this month.

What are they? Namely, I want to get this damned book finished. I’ve been stalled at about the halfway mark for a while now, and I want to push past it and get this show on the road. I’m tracking my scenes on my kanban board and words on the NaNoWriMo website. So far (and I owe all of it to the online write-in our region had on Thursday), I’ve finished one scene and written 1,430 words.

My hours have also been cut at work (again, thank you to all the idiots spreading the virus around), and while I needed some time to process that at first, I’m now looking forward to having even more time to write this month. It is an interesting balance between being anxious about everything that’s going on in the world and doing my best to take advantage of the opportunities I’m being given by that “everything.”

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? What are you working on? Have you gotten more or less writing done than usual since the start of the pandemic?

Author: R.V. Butler

R.V. Butler was raised among the fairies in the foothills of northern California, where she learned the magic of storytelling from a variety of wizards, witches, mermaids, and superheroes. To her chagrin, she was never kidnapped by pirates or abducted by aliens, but she managed to find adventure in the most boring place of all: school. In her teens, she began a lifelong battle with the demons Depression and Anxiety, which she currently has under her thumb with the help of some very powerful potions and spells. She presently works as an administrative assistant in Winters, California, a magical land known the world over for farmers, steak, and a certain country music singer we’re not supposed to make a fuss about. At the end of 2016, she became a true Phoenix, and since then, she’s been befriending dragons, hunting things, and time traveling. Every November, she straightens her Viking helmet and captains the Yolo County ship for NaNoWriMo alongside Elisabeth Kauffman.

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