Rewind years back, people wrote on paper. And now, a lot of us write on computers.
Because it’s easier.
My goal these past few months has been to write 100 words a day, every day. But what about when you leave wifi? Go camping? Traveling? (These are weird problems, but they are real.) You still want to keep up your word count, still get those words in every day, but… no computer. At least, I don’t have a computer when camping. 😜
Sure, you could write on paper, but how do you know which parts to write, and how many words you wrote (besides counting every single one), and how do you get time to write when you’re with people?
That was my problem at the beginning of the summer, because I wanted to be efficient.
After camping three weekends in a row, I have a routine that works! And since, perhaps, there are more writers out there who would also like to go camping—or just leave wifi for the day—I’ll share what works for me!
Step One – Find a notebook
You might want a thick one, but that’s just my personal preference. Also, it helps if you can rip pages out fairly easily. You’ll be using this notebook for all your notes, and the actual writing. After you find a notebook, you’ll want some pens/pencils, whichever you prefer. I normally grab a handful of both and wrap a hair tie around them. (I should probably get a pencil bag someday!)
Step Two – Write the last few sentences you’ve written in your WIP
Pull out that thick notebook and go to a blank page. Quickly write down the last two or three sentences from your WIP. Sketch a line underneath, and then bullet point your brainstorming. Here’s an example from the last time I went camping:
“Right, so we need more supplies and then we can succeed?” asked Nico.
“Apparently,” Tristan replied uncertainly.
1. Desi responds to them
2. They talk about the impossibility
3. An option would be to search for supplies
4. Carlos comes up with an idea that would be easier and smarter
This tends to refresh my memory and help me know where I’m going with the next few scenes, because when I’m camping, it’s hard to keep my head in the writing mode.
That’s all you need to bring! Now, on to the next step.
Step Three – Find the time
Right, so you’re out there camping, having a blast—swimming, snacking around the campfire, and playing card games with the family.
But… you want to write.
Let me tell you, saving the task until you’re ready for bed, struggling to hold that extremely dim flashlight over your page while scribbling down the few words that come to mind… not fun.
For me, I had to find a quiet moment. While we sat by the fire, I ran to grab my notebook and pick up where I left off. I still couldn’t totally emerge myself into the story, because, you know, there are distractions. But that’s alright! You don’t have to write a massive block of words in one sitting if you’re out hanging with your family.
And when you’re trying to find the time, do what works for you. I personally don’t enjoy it at night, but you might. I’m just a… sleepy person. 😉 Ask anyone.
My friends are always bored during those rare sleepovers.
Step Four – Count those words
No. Actually don’t.
I eyeball it.
Because I try to write at least 100 words a day (who else is doing the 100-for-100 challenge?!), I know that if I fill up the page in my notebook, it’s over 100 words. So I try to write more than that, just to be safe, but I don’t count it until I get home.
I mean, you can.
It’s just… tedious. (Plus I always lose track of the number I was at! 😂)
And there you go! I hope this post was helpful! Keep on writing, because words are powerful and you have something unique to say.