Crystal Kamm

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Crystal Kamm

27 April 2021


Time is Running Out on Camp NaNoWriMo

If you participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, the month is almost wrapped. It’s time to talk next steps.

As with every one of the NaNoWriMo events, the end can be a daunting time, whether you met your goals or not. Sometimes people feel bad at the end of the month if they didn’t succeed. (Full disclosure, I did not meet my April word count goals.) Some people who maybe did meet their goals are still left wondering what’s next when the month finally concludes. So let’s talk.

As I mentioned, I did not meet my goals in terms of word count, although I also have to admit that my goal was rather arbitrary. I was at 70K words when April started and thought, since my draft needs to be under 100K, it made sense to set my goal for 30K in Novlr. However, with only a couple of days left before months end, I’ve still only written 17K. Do I feel bad? No way.

Didn’t reach your goals? No problem

When I write, my work is all about the work. Quality over quantity is a phrase for a reason! The goal when writing is to understand your story, adequately portray your characters personalities and journeys, and create something that your readers (whether that means the entire public or a few family members and friends) will enjoy.

With that understanding, I can hardly be upset with myself for achieving approximately half of my goal. In between adding to the word count of my draft, I spent my time journaling about my plot and characters (not counting that toward my goal because ultimately those pages and pages of handwritten notes haven’t yet made it into the draft.) In the end, I achieved a great understanding of my story and have a better plan for moving onward.