Camp NaNoWriMo: Did it work?

For me, Yes .That’s a big YES. I completed my 50,000 words today.

It may seem like a little thing to get a winner’s badge. but it’s what’s behind the badge that’s important. There are 50,000 words of a novel.

So why did this work for me?

Watching the daily word count motivated me to write every day. It’s so easy to miss a day or two, and not get the words written. But just being accountable to my camp members was enough.

The other thing I found is my friends and family gave me time to write, knowing I was under a deadline. The closer I got to 50,000 words, the more they cheered me on. The excitement around here grew each day. That motivated me to keep going, too.

Here’s what my word could looked like on a daily basis.

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You can see I fell behind on days 8, 9, and 10. Those days fell on a weekend, and life took priority. At that moment, I knew I had to get more serious and bump up writing on the priority list.

Would I do NaNoWriMo again? Yup.

I’m going to participate in November. In the mean time, I’ll start keeping track of my word count to help me focus. I’ve got to get this novel to 80,000 words before September. Then I need a month to edit it before sending it to beta readers. After that, November is closing in, and it all begins again.

Anyone else our there in Camp NaNoWriMo? How are you doing? What did you like or not like about the camp? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading…

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