NaNo Camp July, Friday 28th (2017)


And now, a few precious days before the end of Camp, let’s have something Camp specific: you can still adjust your wordcount if it pleases you. Let no one else decide your goals. Camp is for you, and you alone, to decide where you place the finish line.

NaNoWriMo in November is for us to hit 50k in 30 days. But Camp NaNoWriMo is not November, and cannot be. If you choose to try for 50k during Camp, make it your choice. You are the writer. Not your inner critic, not your outer critics, not anybody else. You.

You have made it this far through Camp. You’ve won. Maybe you haven’t gotten all the words you wanted, but that doesn’t matter. You’re still here. Maybe you quit earlier in the month; that’s okay. You were here. You tried. You did not fail– you were present.

I don’t like participation trophies. But NaNoWriMo, and Camp, is not a tournament to be fought for between participants. It’s a fight for ourselves, against ourselves. We didn’t get participation trophies. We got victory trophies.

And that’s worth celebrating.


NaNoGoal: 20,119/20,000

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