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July 2017 – Camp NaNoWriMo

It is precisely a month until Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017. The fear and excitement are starting to kick in. Are you ready? Is anyone else gearing themselves up for the rollercoaster ride of late nights, early mornings and word counts?

I failed NaNoWriMo in November 2016 (you can read all about it here) because I grievously underestimated the dedication required. No experience is a wasted experience, however, and I learnt some valuable lessons that stuck with me. Here are a few I thought I’d share with you all.

Schedule Time to Write

Do not imagine that the joy of writing will push you through to reach your word count. You need to set aside dedicated time to write and stick to it. Writing 50,000 words in a month is TOUGH, you need to grit your teeth, make a plan and stick to it.

Use the 10x Rule

In his recent book The 10x Rule, Grant Cardone explains how success comes from putting in 10x the effort you would expect to put in to get average results. Now, I’m not expecting you to write 500,000 words, that would be ridiculous. We can apply a similar principle, however, and aim for a higher word count than we need.

To succeed at NaNoWriMo, you need to average a word count of 1667 a day. In light of the 10x rule, we could aim to hit 2,000 words a day. That way, when we miss our target, which we will, we are still on track to hit the word count.

Plan Ahead

One of the reasons I failed NaNoWriMo is because I didn’t have a robust outline, which I need in order to write a lot each day. Some people are pansters, and oh, how I envy them. Most of us, however, need to spend time thinking and planning about our scenes before we write them. For advice on planning out detailed scenes, this is a helpful article.

Be kind to yourself

Don’t worry if you don’t hit the goal. Although the words “winning” and “losing” are often used when talking about NaNoWriMo, if you think about it, we are all winners. If you “fail” then you’ve still written a large number of words, learnt about your writing process and have moved your WIP forward. Even a failed NaNoWriMo is actually a win!

 

 

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22 thoughts on “July 2017 – Camp NaNoWriMo

      1. The pace I had to set in order to keep up with the word count was infuriating, and my text suffered because of it. I’m a part time writer, so I don’t more than an hour or so a day to write. I also visited the forums, and I found the people who posted there to be pretty snobbish.

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  1. Good luck with Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ll stick to November. That’s crazy enough as it is. But I wish you a lot of fun. Every year I’m looking forward to November, so I can imagine how excited you must be.

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  2. I wish you all the best with Camp NaNoWriMo! I actually plan on participating in it as well, and I also plan to plan ahead this time around. As much as a pantser I am, I definitely can’t just plot a whole novel two days before the NaNoWriMo starts!

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  3. This is a valuable thing for people who need an extra incentive to keep to an ambitious writing schedule. My theory, though, is that if one has a story worth telling, and actually sit down to tell it, the characters take over and force the pace, turning one into an avid writer! This is if one writes without really knowing what comes next, so you tell yourself the story. If it works as it should, praise comes for how meticulously plotted the finished product is!

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  4. I’m going to take part to camp nanowrimo too ^^ (I write in french my mother tongue). I failed last november (it was my first try) but I wasn’t motivated at all. In fact, I was in a tough depression.
    I’m better now but I definitely don’t want to too hard on myself yet, so my goal is 10,000 words and I’m sticking to it!
    Honestly last year was a complete failure, yet nanowrimo helped me in someway to keep writing and not to give up which is why I want to try again. I will also take part to nanowrimo in november because I want to write those 50,000 words damn it!
    I even made a plan this time but I’m afraid I probity won’t stick to it, like every other times I tried to make a plan…. I’m still soo excited 🙂

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  5. I’m going to participate as well (I’m writing in french which is my mother tongue^^). I’m super excited. I also tried nanowrimo last year but it was a complete failure. Although to be fair I was already in tough depression and that didn’t help at all. Now I’m way better though I decided I won’t be too hard on myself. I’m writting only 10,000 and sticking to it! I liked nanowrimo, despite the fact that I wasn’t feeling well, I think it helped me a great deal to construct a daily routine and stick to it…… I also love the fact that you can discuss with other writers as well, it certainly helps to motivate me at least. I’m so excited to start camp nanowrimo this july!

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  6. Hi, I’ve created a private cabin for bloggers who write. Kellyn Roth is one of the members. I am curious whether you would like to join us, and know of any other bloggers who are doing Camp NaNoWriMo July this year.

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    1. Hello there! Sorry for my late reply. Life has, as it always tends to, got in the way. I am already in a cabin for camp, but if I’d seen this earlier I would have jumped at the chance. Thank you for the offer.

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