nanowrimo: april 2021 edition

Hello fellow dreamers,

At the beginning of the month, I mentioned that I was going to use Camp Nanowrimo as a way to improve my blogger presence in 2021. I listed out 30 tasks that I thought were reasonably simple with the goal of having a much more cohesive look and a better plan for the future of the website and my platform as a writer overall. I’m very attached to my little corner of the internet and was very excited to make it even better and even more useful.

The Plan for the Month

So Camp Nanowrimo is a more relaxed spinoff of the original Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month. The original takes place in November and requires 50,000 words to be written in 30 days. The Camp editions take place both in April and in July, and have much more lenient rules. Obviously I wasn’t working on a novel, so I set a goal of 30,000 words, assigned number values to each task on my list and got to work.

Plans are always subject to change, however. And even though publishing this blog post is earning me my final 500 word points needed to hit my 30k goal, I definitely changed my goals all throughout the month. Sometimes I got started on something that I thought was only going to take me 30 minutes only to realize that it was actually a much bigger undertaking. It kind of felt like cheating at the time. But the truth would be that I was just learning and figuring it out as I went along. There were a few items on my original list that I ended up scrapping or moving into my master list for the future. I planned to start some networking plans and an email newsletter. Both got pushed because there were other steps that needed to happen first that I wasn’t aware of. Whoops.

My goals definitely shifted over the course of the month, but I actually learned a lot about my long-term goals and I’m pretty happy about that.

The End Results

The biggest takeaways from this edition of Camp Nanowrimo are that there is no one right way to do things, and things will never be perfect the first time around. Those are actually good lessons for life too, if you think about it! 

One thing I was able to do was a full website redesign, and I’m pretty pleased with the results! I also designed some plans for the future and laid out lots of very manageable steps to reach those goals. Blogging consistently takes lots of work and I was determined to break that work down into easy to complete checklists. 

I won’t be able to do quite the same amount of work over the next few months, with moving right around the corner, and getting so close to finishing my degree. But I think I’ve found the right level of maintenance that can be done to keep things moving.

It feels good to have tackled the big project that I’d been sitting on for a while. Now back to you: what’s the big project that could use some intense focus? And what do you need in order to make it happen?


Spreading love, not germs,

~Katharine Marie

Posted by Katharine Espinosa

Katharine is a freelance writer, editor, and aspiring author. She loves coffee, chocolate, cats, and riding her horses on the weekends. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and daughter.

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