Camp NaNoWriMo Reflection Upon My Failures

It’s taken me a long time to think clearly enough to write this post, or to even think that I wanted to, so sorry for being so late to the party.  That being said, I tried my very best…

For those of you who don’t know, I chose this year to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, and in the beginning, I could not be more excited.

In the beginning, my word count was set to 50,000– I don’t know why I would ever do that to myself.  It was obviously a far reach goal, considering in the past 3 combined months I’d written 16,000.  So, about 3 days in, I lowered my goal to 30,000 which is far more reasonable and also proving slightly unattainable.  I wrote for at least a few minutes every day for the first 2 weeks, but then April break happened and it was alal down hill from there.

Plus, my blog posts have become super rushed in the past month.  It’s super hard to write high quality posts 3x a week (so about 3,000 words a week) when you need to write 7,000 additional words on a story.  10,000 words is wayyyyyy too much for me to handle.  The fact that I had to lower my word goal is proof of that.

Before I go any further, I need to take a second to say that I LOVE MY CABIN!!  I joined one with a lot of other teenagers, and so we all have a ton in common while simultaneously living on complete opposite sides of the world with totally different life experiences.  It’s given be a great perspective on everything, and I spend far too much time procrastinating with them.  I love it.

I ended up reaching about 10,000 words, which isn’t terrible, since that was a good kick start on my story and so now I have quite a few chapters down.  Plus, I managed to outline a whole shit ton of it, which is more than I’ve ever done for anything ever, so props to me for accomplishing my primary goal in life.

One problem that I did come across is that I kept changing the way people looked and so it’s going to be a bitch to go back and edit.  I’m trying to ignore that semi large problem and just keep pushing forward.

Anyways, I know a lot of people were really successful at Camp NaNo, but writing on any sort of timeline just isn’t for me.  I’m very slow and just kind of need to be suddenly inspired to even sort of start moving in the right direction.

But, regardless of how I did, I’m really want to finish this story eventually and I think camp helped me get closer to that goal.

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Did you win Camp NaNo? Do you outline your stories? Do you think I’m an absolute disaster and want the chance to yell at me? Go ahead!