Camp NaNoWriMo came to a close in July without me. While I kept up with my editing count for the majority of the month, I decided to take the last few days off to focus on another big part of my life: moving into my first apartment. (!!) The point behind NaNo in my opinion, is to set and achieve a goal. In November, the 50,000 word goal is supposed to be absurd. Writing 6-7 pages of a novel a day is a ton of work. But the brilliant thing about National Novel Writing Month is that it puts butts in seats and words on pages.
I won NaNo in the fall and Camp NaNo in April. I didn’t win Camp NaNo in July. What I did do was spend 28 hours in July editing my novel, pack up my room, raise a kitten, move to Indianapolis, and set up a new apartment (with vast quantities of help from my wonderful parents.) While I fell short of my 31 hour goal, I couldn’t be more pleased.
To me, NaNoWriMo isn’t about winning or getting the coupon codes. (I love Scrivener! I’ll write a post on how I use it
eventually soon.) Through NaNoWriMo, I have done more than I ever thought I was capable of doing.
I can’t wait to participate again this November. I might be a NaNo “rebel” and continue editing my current project, or I might start a new one. I’m not sure. What I do know is that the spirit of NaNoWriMo has helped me write and edit my first novel. It has left me hungry for more.
Bring it on, grad school. Let’s do this.
Did you win Camp NaNoWriMo or accomplish something awesome this past month? Did you miss out on a goal? Share in the comments below!