Was Camp NaNoWriMo Worth It?


July is over. A month of scrambling to get word counts in, sweating over a crumbling plot, disregarding the dishes, and crying over days when you're behind. After all of this, how did I fare?


That little winner bulls-eye up there is indeed mine! I succeeded in winning July's Camp NaNoWriMo. Now let's take a less serious moment for me to freak out with excitement and strut around the house doing my victory dance!


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(Each one of these exclamation marks represents the number of times I yelled "I did it!")

This was me three days ago. For real. I'm closer to finishing this novel than I've ever been on any other story and I couldn't be more excited. If it weren't for my fresh gum graft I would still be celebrating with adult beverages as we speak.


Would I do it all over again?


You bet.


I wanted to take the time to discuss what I learned from my experience this month and what I plan on doing differently come November's NaNo. As I've said before, this was my first NaNo experience and boy did I have a lot to learn!

Don't sweat the small stuff.

This was perhaps one of the single most difficult things for me to practice in the month of NaNo (and any time you plan to write over 1600 words per day). This advice applies to both your writing and your real life conquests. Yes, my house got messier than usual at times, but I knew it would be worth it in the end. Confession: I am not a clean freak...unfortunately for my boyfriend. So although the dishes bothered me, I didn't lose any precious sleep over it.


When you're writing, don't worry about whether or not you'll keep that scene you wrote. If you learned something from it then it was more than worth writing every crappy word. Off the top of my head I can think of three scenes I know I'll be editing to oblivion or even redoing altogether. There wasn't anything I liked about them the next day when I sat down to write again. I knew that but I kept my head down and I focused on moving forward!


I turned off my spell check, and you should too!

This was something I discussed briefly