Camp Tip #6 – Rest Stop


I’m not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to blog every day of CampNaNoWriMo, but I’m definitely seeing a downside to it. Over the last week, I’ve been trying my best to not fall far behind on my word count goals for camp. Like me, I’m sure many of you are struggling to stay on par, or catch up to your goal. Before I even started camp this year, I had implemented some huge lifestyle changes, and camp came, and I had so many grandiose  plans for what I wanted this month to be like. But barely a week in, these changes, work, and my personal life goal of writing, is bit more than exhausting than I’d plan for. Maybe your situation is different. Maybe you decided to pursue this goal without an outline and now find yourself struggling. Maybe work or school or whatever has toss more on your plate that you have the stomach for. Maybe writing every day with no days off is just getting to you. I want you to know I feel your pain. I do. I’m still going to blog everyday, because I want to, I enjoy it, I hope its helping some of you, and because it helps me to. Here, it’s not about the word count. It’s not about the story. Its about the other part of writing that I love so much, the connection.


Lack of Motivation.

With so much going on this last week, and falling behind on my goal, I’ve definitely found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed, and falling behind on my goal has been a bit demoralizing. This is not the first camp or the first nano that I’ve participated that I started falling behind on. In previous years, falling behind has resulted in quitting. Giving up, and not winning. I think about that at times, and I worry for a moment that this will be another camp I don’t finish. But then, I think of all the great people in my cabin, and all the people working so hard on their own projects, that it reminds me that this is an every day challenge to get words. The great thing about camp is that it doesn’t have to be 50,000 words, it can be whatever you need it to be. So  can this blog. I’ve fallen pretty far behind on my goal, and today I needed to remind myself and you that it’s okay stumble and sometimes fall. Because, we can still get back up, and keep on moving.



I’m only at about half of where I want to be, and today, I’m not going to write. Today, I’m going to rest and instead of worrying about falling behind another 1500 words I’m instead going to celebrate that for the first time in months I’ve written every day. Even today, if not on my camp project. I’m going to share with you the joy I have for writing 4500 words on my novel in just one week. In the previous years, I’ve failed Nano and Camp. I failed because I quit. Sometimes its much better to slow down, and finish the race at your own pace rather than having to sit the rest of it out because you’ve strained yourself. So today, I give you permission to take a break, to fail, to fall behind, as long as we can both take pride in how far we’ve come, and promise to keep moving forward.


Remember, there is still time to succeed as long as you keep going.


Progress as of this post:  4508/9000

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