Tomorrow is Camp Nanowrimo!

Tomorrow is Camp Nanowrimo!

Hello Rebel, and welcome back to my life.

It’s March 31st, and you know what that means!

You … DO you know what it means? I don’t, actually, I was hoping you did.

Well, among other things, it means that tomorrow is the start of Camp Nanowrimo!

I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever intentionally done a Nanowrimo event and completed it. I don’t … think so?

Like, I know there have been past Novembers and Aprils where I’ve written 50,000 words, or more than that, and completed a book, but never as an active participant of the event.

I’m gonna give this one a shot, because by the time you’re watching this, I’m either done or very close to being done with the outline for Yerrin, the sixth book in the Nightblade Epic.

Oh, did I not mention that? Did I not mention that the restoration project is OVER and I am now writing a NEW BOOK?!?!?!

(I’m a little bit excited about it.)

So over the years I’ve tried many different productivity tricks to get myself to produce the amount of things I need to produce in the time I need to produce them.

And one of the biggest ones, for me, for my overall productivity, was learning to monitor the amount of time I was putting into my books, rather than the results.

In other words, when I tried to hit a daily word count, I would miss more often than I would hit.

But then sometimes I would have days where I went WAAAY over my word count goal. If I was supposed to write 6,000 words in a day, I would write 16,000 words instead.

Now, you’d think that would be a good thing, but that usually meant I would take it easier on myself the next day, since I had this “buffer.”

And then that day would bleed over into the next day, and soon I wasn’t hitting my word counts at all, and some days I’d find it impossible to get started at all.

So now my number one priority is to get four HOURS of work in every day, Monday through Saturday, with Sundays off. I’m allowed to work Sundays if I want to, but I’m also allowed to take the day off.

Sometimes those four hours are less productive, sometimes they’re more productive. But I know that if I’m in my chair and writing for those four hours, I am going to get words down every single day, and after a period of time, that will result in a book.

So I’m going to take the same approach to Camp Nanowrimo starting tomorrow, but there is a problem with this, which is that I’m going to be measuring myself against a different goal.

Like, I’ll be updating my word count every day, but there’s definitely going to be some days where my daily word count is a lot less than other days.

And I can see myself becoming discouraged by days with lower word counts, which could lead to more days with lower word counts, and on and on into this dwindling spiral.

On top of all that … I’m going to try to do VEDA?

That is a HORRIBLE idea, I know. But. I’m going to do it anyway.

Despite the fact that, as you’re watching this, I’m driving down to San Francisco, and tomorrow I’m going to be driving again. I’m still going to try to post a vlog every day.

I don’t know. I feel like I haven’t done anything SUPER INTENSE in a really long time, and I kind of miss it.

I like moments of intense overwork, every once in a while, as long as it doesn’t become constant, because that gets unhealthy.

So here’s to signing off on a great March and looking forward to an April of intense work and production that hopefully leads to an even better May.

That’s it for today, Rebel. Subscribe if you haven’t already, and wish me luck in April! It’s going to be a hell of a month.

Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe? Byyye!

Garrett Robinson

Over 100,000 readers have read and loved Garrett's books, like the fantasy hits Nightblade and Midrealm. He's also a film festival favorite with movies like Unsaid, and a tech guru who posts lots of helpful how-tos for writers and filmmakers over at garrettbrobinson.com.

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