NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo – Is it Killing You Too?

Hello, Campers!

I am dying by word counts… Absolutely drowning in words. This NaNoWriMo malarky is excruciating.

I want to watch Netflix. I want to sleep in. I want to sit and do NOTHING. I want to GIVE UP.

But I won’t. I hope you won’t either. Keep on keeping on. Just keep swimming. We can do this.

Feel free to share your misery (or elation) in the comments. We’re in this together


26 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo – Is it Killing You Too?

  1. Hi Amy,
    I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, but I’m working on world building and character development for my next novel. Don’t give up. Keep going. You’re halfway there. There’s nothing on Netflix. Sleeping in is overrated. Doing nothing is overrated… LOL. Just kidding. But you can do this.

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  2. I hear ya! I want to watch netflix too! Sleep I don’t get anyway because of the kiddos but I so want to veg out and do nothing! On a positive note, I am on target word count wise, but only just, no wriggle room! Good luck with the second half of it and keep at it, you’ll be glad you did x

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      1. It was good actually, managed to hit my 25,000 target so very happy. My last camp I did 15,000 so I’m slowly building up to the big one this November! Very difficult to find the time though with two little kiddos. How did you do?

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      2. Fantastic 😀 I’m so pleased. I got there in the end, although it was like pulling teeth…. Not sure about the quality of what I’ve written but I’ve finished 😀 See you in November as I’m having a go then too


  3. I’m participating in another challenge (3 novels in 3 months). But it’s still that hovering wordcount right there. Averaging 1340 words a day so far, which is a bit under target, but it’s still within reach. Sometimes I sneak in a little netflix 🙂

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  4. I am coming to learn that Camp NaNoWriMo may not be for me…at least not at this time in my writing life. I have slowed down A LOT since the beginning of the month. It’s not that I haven’t been working on my project, but rather than getting a draft out I have been reworking my outline and getting a really solid look at the new ideas I want to incorporate. I don’t feel discouraged, though. Even if Camp NaNo is not for me, I am working on my project, and I am taking my own time and learning what does work for me. Keep moving forward! Enjoy some Netflix every once in awhile (goodness knows I do!), but keep focused on the project. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Do you know what? I think you hit on a very important point here. Camp NaNo doesn’t matter as much as progress on your project. In my book, you’re winning!


  5. July is such a tough month, with both the great outdoors and Netflix calling. I’m too deep into a few editing projects (as well as season one of “Wynonna Earp”) to take on Camp this time. April was a bit tough, too, because all I wanted to do was ride my bike. Kudos to you for taking on 50k this month! It’s easy to give up, or want to give up, but just think about how satisfying it will be if you gut it out!

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  6. It has been awhile since I did NaNoWriMo. I can still remember the days when nothing was working and just couldn’t get the words out. But the words do come. It is great to create the habit of daily writing. Hang in there!

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  7. I’m blissfully (see what I did there) on the “other side” of camp NaNoWriMo, managed to power my way through and get to the end of a 55,000 word adventure with Drawful the Awful.

    One thing that always works for me at night when I’ve come home from a long day at the office: don’t think about the target word count when trying to get yourself in the seat. If anything, lower the bar as low as you need to so that you sit down. Even if you have to tell yourself you’ll just do a paragraph to tee yourself up for the next night, get yourself in the seat.

    Once you start, a sentence can turn into two, then a paragraph turns into another. You may end up hitting and even exceeding your target word count by sheer force of the momentum, but the first thing is: get yourself in the seat and get yourself going on that first sentence.

    Journeys of a thousand miles (and thousands of words) start with a single step (/sentence). I hope you’re keeping on your own journey. Looking forward, as always, to the results.

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