Camp NaNoWriMo Update!

Wordcount for July 20Well, over the last few days I have had some encouragement from my husband and some friends and I was able to up my word count and catch up to where I should be! I’ve got less than 9000 words to write to reach my Camp NaNo goal and I am feeling confident again that I will reach that goal. But there are a few days coming up that I will not really have time to write (maybe a couple hundred words if I am lucky). So, now that I am caught up, I have another obstacle to overcome – I need to get ahead!

I’ve always found that having a set goal for word count helps me keep myself moving along. But I also find, that when I set those goals, they begin to limit me. I find it difficult to motivate myself to write beyond my goal. I will be writing away and getting into a groove when suddenly I hit the magical number that I needed to reach for the day, and I just stop.

I’ve tried not setting a goal at all, but then I fail to write almost anything. I’ve tried telling myself that if I get ahead then I can have a day off from writing but then I think “well, couldn’t I just take that time off now instead?” and close the document and continue my day. Nothing I try works!

Well, I’m going to try to guilt myself into writing more today. Maybe I will withhold food for myself until I reach a certain word count? That should work, right? I won’t die, will I? Hmm, maybe I need some better ideas… If you happen to have any, please leave them as a comment below!

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Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.

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