April means going to camp.

I can’t believe it’s April already. Where did the time go? I feel like I overestimated my time and energy levels once again, and I’ve been feeling inadequate, not only as a writer but as a mother too. April marks the time of Camp NaNoWrimo, a chance to create on my own terms. It’s a month-long event where everyone chooses their own word count goal. I chose 31,000 words in an effort to write 1,000 words daily. This is more about me finding my voice and getting back in the groove of writing.

Day 1, I wrote 500 words. Exactly half of my goal. I couldn’t be disappointed, though. It was more than I had written in a few months. There’s always more time to catch up with the extra words. With my story being started, I’m seeing that it’s easier to jump in and write. The blank page isn’t mocking me.

I’m finding that I create freely post-midnight, after both my children are asleep. (This is also the only time I can put down my infant without him freaking out.) Unfortunately, I also notice that most days, I’m too exhausted to haul out the computer to release that creativity.

It’s all a learning process, and I can’t wait to find a system that works for me.

Are you participating in Camp? How do you juggle multiple commitments with writing?