For the Love of Words: June and July

If you write books or have friends that do, you’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo and its sister competition, Camp NaNoWriMo. The idea is to write 50,000 words a month, so about 1,667 words a day. Sounds easy on paper to someone who has pulled of 10,000 words in a day a few times, however the older I get the harder it is to do this.

For the Love of Words: June and July

June started with me almost finishing the first draft of Justice and Lies, but I’ve spent some hard cycles of burnout over the last two months and I kind of just stopped with less than 5,000 words to write. I’ll write eventually.

June also provided a glitch in my plan – for my day job, I work in a chat platform so I type 40 hours a week for my job even before I write books. We’ve been super busy and I’ve been typing a lot and I developed this tenderness in my middle finger. The doctor suggested I rest it for a few weeks and knowing I wanted to do Camp NaNoWriMo I decided it was a good idea.

When Camp finally showed up, I hit the ground running and then got behind. It was a system of catching up on the weekends and not writing on the week days until I hit 9k in a weekend and burned out.

I ended up at about 30K out of 50k which isn’t bad, however I haven’t written anything since then. Almost a month ago. Then my finger started hurting again and I hit the end of the outline I had, so it was a perfect storm.

The truth is, with the finger injury coming back again, it’s clear I probably need to take more than a few weeks off. I’ll probably take the rest of the year to finish this draft, and maybe one other surprise but I know I need to take the time to rest my finger. Just means more time to read!

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