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I Did It!!!!!!!

Camp Final UpdateI reached my Camp NaNoWriMo goal! I think it went rather well too. I fell behind during the second week but was able to catch up, and my graph went a little wobbly during the last week, but in the end I made it! My husband really helped me finish because he promised me Noodle Box and a Tim Horton’s mocha if I tried to finish a day early. So I wrote 3,277 words in one day and I finished it! And now I have over 25,000 words toward my first draft. Only 35,000 or so more words to go until my first draft is finished.

I feel really proud of myself. Also, I feel like I can keep it up! Like I can keep on writing everyday for the rest of the summer and reach my goal of a 60,000 word first draft by the time I go back to school. I do realize that with camp being over and done with I will most likely get a bit lax and I will need to push myself even harder for motivation. I know that I will end up procrastinating and my word count will drop, but I figure, I made it this far so I can and will make it even further!

I’m going to give myself a couple days off now that I am finished, so that I can catch up on chores and the other things I’ve shunned during the month of July. And then I am going to dive right back into my novel! I just want to get my first draft done so that I can go through and read what I have written (I know it is going to take a lot of revising before I let anyone else read it, but that is allowed for NaNoWriMo).

Sorry for all the exclamation marks but I am just super happy and enthusiastic!

If you also reached your Camp NaNoWriMo goal, congratulations! And if you just couldn’t make it to the end, that’s okay! You tried and now you have a starting point. Any words written are worth it!

I finally did it! Weeeeeeeeeeee!

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!

Camp NaNoWriMo and I Need Your Help!

Wordcount for July 17For the past two weeks I have been participating in an event called Camp NaNoWriMo. It is the relaxed, summer version of November’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Instead of NaNoWriMo’s goal of 50,000 words, with Camp NaNo’s flexible word count goal, I have chosen to write 25,000 words by July 31st at 11:59PM! For the first week, I did really well. As you can see in the graph there, I kept up with my daily word goal every day – sometimes even surpassing it. Now the words seem to be jammed up in my head and are unwilling to loosen up and spill out onto my computer screen. It has been rather frustrating.

I am hoping that now that I’m into week three the words will start flowing again, so that I can catch up! I have participated in NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo multiple times now and it seems that the end of week two is the most sluggish time of the whole month. Well, except for the times I have given up half way through the month…

I have not yet reached a NaNo goal, so I am hoping that this will be the month that I succeed. I just need to pick up the pace! Anyone who has inspiring words or words that will kick my butt into gear, please leave them in the comments section below. I need your help to get my fingers back to typing toward my goal!

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