Word of the Week 04/07/14 – Writing

This word for this week has to be writing.

Writing - this week's word of the weekTuesday marked the start of Camp NaNoWriMo – a writing challenge where I set myself a target word count (20,000 words) for the month and get together in a virtual cabin with other writing friends so we can help encourage each other on. Camp NaNoWriMo takes place twice a year – this year in April and July and I have taken part in it for a few years now. It is a spin-off from NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which takes place in November and challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I’ve managed to complete this twice but since becoming a mum, this has become an almost impossible target. Camp offers flexible word count targets which are much more achievable. During camp months, the housework gets a bit neglected in favour of focusing on my writing. Hubby knows that the dust will pile up a bit more than usual this month as most of my time when the children are asleep will be focusing on writing.

 

Since starting this blog back in April, I’ve been starting to write a lot more. I find that the more I write, the more I feel inspired to write. This week for the first time in many years, I woke in the night with ideas buzzing around in my brain that just had to be written down there and then. I was tired the next day, but it felt good to be inspired once again. I love the writing prompts from the various linkys I’ve joined up with and even if no-one reads my posts, it still feels good to be expressing myself.

 

I’ve also embarked upon a social history project involving looking back at the Telegraph newspaper archives from one hundred years ago, following the events of World War I day by day starting from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. I’ve been summarising some of the news in 100 word posts. Whether I can keep it up for the next four years remains to be seen.

 

Joining in once again with the Reading Residence on Word of the Week.

 

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15 thoughts on “Word of the Week 04/07/14 – Writing

  1. This sounds very exciting, and I love how inspired you are the more you write. Best of luck, and thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  2. I have not heard of this before but it sounds very exciting and motivating 🙂 Good luck with meeting your word count #ThePrompt

    1. Sorry, should have put #WotW – my mind is not with it today!

    2. It’s good fun – always nice to have a target to aim for and the challenge helps keep me writing. Can definitely recommend it 🙂

  3. Ooooh – good luck – I’d like to have a go at something like this one day.

  4. I would always join Nano and not finish any of the projects that I started. I just dont have the talent to expound a story further. #wotw

    1. Most of mine are still unfinished – I just keep writing without thinking too much about it to try and get some kind of story out but then they just sit around waiting to be edited. I usually hit a big wall midway through and just try and free-write my way through it until inspiration strikes again. The best thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is the flexible word count and not having to write fiction – I just use it as a target to aim for

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