Happy Camp NaNoWriMo Month! We are officially on day two and I know a lot of people are feeling that natural high of inspiration. If you are participating in Camp this session, what is your goal to achieve? Now, I’d like you to ask yourself if that goal is the right kind of goal or if you should make an adjustment on it while we are still at the beginning of this particular challenge session.
Back in April I set out to only write 20,000 words. The time I participated in camp before I did a full 50k word count goal and succeeded. Given things were a bit hectic, I assumed dropping my word count goal by more than half would give me an automatic easy win. I was using the time to add to an already in progress draft for my current horror project and honestly thought it would be a breeze. It wasn’t. Life handed plenty of distractions and I found myself struggling hard as a writer throughout the whole month until the last couple of days. You know the gif of Kermit that floats around of him on a typewriter? Yeah… that was so me in the last couple days in April.
I had felt this inner push to get it done and couldn’t stop writing. I did nothing, but write in those days and it was ridiculous of me looking back. It made me feel like I was dragging for a couple of days after. It made me question why it was so hard for me to add 20,000 words to a draft I was already working on – and then because of my own determination to win Camp, I did the one thing I didn’t want to do that month. I rushed through my work and found myself throwing away more words than I kept from that session.
Since then, I’ve often wondered where the real struggle was for me. It really wasn’t until I was approaching this session of Camp NaNoWriMo that it hit me. I set the wrong goal for myself. Instead of worrying about a word count, I should have worried about a chapter or page count. I should not have focused on how many words I was writing. I feel like I was too far into where I was in my horror project, since I was past the first draft, to focus on a specific word count.
That is why I’m asking my fellow participants, is the goal you’ve set for yourself the right goal for your project at this time? Now is the time to determine and make any adjustments. Okay, you can technically change your goal at any time in the month – but I’ve personally always found this kind of discouraging, unless you’re in a position to make it a greater word count, page count, or whatever it is your goal is set as.
We are just at the beginning of this beautiful session of Camp NaNoWriMo and here’s that cliché (but very true) phrase, YOU CAN DO IT! I know I just asked you to reevaluate your goal, but I want you to know that I do believe in you and want to see you succeed in what you’ve set out for yourself this month. I know you can do this! I will be here, ready to cheer you on throughout the month. If you need personal encouragement or a safe place to vent, please feel free to hit up my contact page and shoot me an e-mail. You can also hit me on social media!
*Gif found via Tumblr.
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