I’m a Winner!!!

02 May

Camp winnerI won Camp NaNoWriMo 😀  YAY!!!! Lissa won!!!  I have not, however, finished my novel. Camp NaNoWriMo taught me a great deal though. I realized how important it is to write every day. If you want to be a writer you have to write. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote. It seemed like for a little while there I was physically attached to my keyboard. I also learned that you have to take breaks. Sitting at a desk or even sitting or lying down with a laptop wears on you after a while and you need breaks. You need to get up and stretch, at the very least. You also need refreshments. For me it was coffee, cold or hot, though I prefer hot but there were many times when my coffee got cold because I hit the zone, so I just put it in a glass and added ice to it and made it a cold coffee. Or I had a Starbuck’s Mocha DoubleShot energy drink when I really needed a boost. I also drank a lot of sweet tea (with ice, not the hot kind of tea, which I do like but I like it on cold nights). I did manage to drink water on and off during the day, though not nearly as much as I should have. If I had an unlimited budget and a Starbuck’s nearby I’d have splurged and that would not have been good.

6-BigKahunaI am still writing. I took a break from the computer and from writing altogether for 24 hours. I needed that break. Towards the end of Camp I ended up with a sinus infection, not to mention I was already in pain, so it was chaotic there at the end. Technically I won late Friday night, early Saturday morning, so I had a little time to spare, and I took advantage of that and rested. I slept on and off all day Saturday and Sunday. The majority of my weekend was spent sleeping, taking medication, drinking fluids, and taking naps. I did manage to watch a bit of television and read a chapter in the book I’ve been trying to finish for over a month, but I started reading it before Camp. I read three Writing books during Camp, but nothing for fun. Writing is fun for me, but I really should have taken the time to read more for pleasure during Camp.  Another thing I’ll make sure that I do when I participate in July’s Camp is outline in more detail. I made a basic outline, and when I say basic I mean basic, which means I began to flounder after the first few chapters. I’ve been reading “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler and it’s awesome and amazing. I’ve learned so much in just the few days I’ve been reading it. I’d recommend it to anyone who is a writer. Reading his book has been pleasurable–Wish I had known about it before camp. I really need to get out more. I feel a field trip to the library coming soon.

Now that I’m done with Camp I’ll be posting more. Sorry I’ve been MIA (for those who have been wondering). Looking forward to seeing what tomorrow’s Daily Prompt is.



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4 responses to “I’m a Winner!!!

  1. Multifarious meanderings

    May 2, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Well done you!!!!

    • Lissa

      May 2, 2013 at 1:35 am

      Thank you 😀

  2. neenslewy

    May 2, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Big congratulations and thanks for the related article link.

    It all rings true – It seemed like for a little while there I was physically attached to my keyboard

    Another thing I’ll make sure that I do when I participate in July’s Camp is outline in more detail.
    (I’m thinking of journaling mine now whilst I still have some Nano brain left, I definitely need some structure, plot and scaffolding in place for the next camp!)

    How was the Nano Novel Journal? That was around the last time I had time to check in on your blog. So many nice things in the store, may move to the US just so shipping is easier 😉

  3. 1WriteWay

    May 2, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Congratulations, Lissa! That is a hard-won award. I’m with you on your plans for July. I never used to outline, but for July I’ll need to if I want to avoid those scary oh-no-what-now moments (which were really precious hours lost).


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