I Didn’t Win Camp NaNoWriMo (And That’s OK)

Well, I didn’t win Camp NaNo. I have to be honest. I didn’t meet my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, anyway. Initially, I had decided on 50 hours of revisions/editing. On Day One, I decreased my goal to 30, thinking that was a little more realistic.


It didn’t help. I still lost.


I tend to be a big dreamer. I have a habit of setting sometimes completely unattainable, unrealistic goals in short time frames. I’m an ambitious dreamer I guess. Luckily, I’m also pretty forgiving of myself, so this generally doesn’t end up being a complete catastrophe as far as discouraging my progress. I have an idea of what I’m capable of, but I also like pushing myself.


I’m also a bit of a procrastinator.

You might be thinking, “Katie, why don’t you just set small achievable goals? Doesn’t that make more sense?”

It absolutely does, and you’re right. And to be fair, that’s the advice I give everyone else.


(I’m just kind of terrible at putting that into practice.)


And I do celebrate the small milestones I do achieve. If you’re a writer, it’s essential.


But I also know me. I lived for deadlines in school and would somehow bang out gold the night before. I need that pressure. I need a little bit of stress, or it just won’t happen. So if I set steep goals, it’s that fire that I need to put on myself to get shit done.


So what happened in April?


Frankly, I seriously underestimated how much of my time was going to be taken up by all of these doctor appointments. Having appointments, non-stress tests(side note: what a joke to call it non-stress) and ultrasounds 2-3 times a week essentially ate up an entire day of my week.


Not a good start.

And that pregnancy fatigue? Totally forgot about that being a thing that was going to strike. Not to mention the fact that every household activity seems to take 3 times as long because I’m a whale and out of breath.


Plus work.


And all last minute baby prep work tasks. Washing tiny human clothes. Building cribs. Etc…

What did I accomplish for Camp NaNoWriMo?


According to my Camp NaNoWriMo account, which I only logged into twice, I logged 3 hours. A more accurate number would probably be closer to 20. But honestly? Most of those hours were just trying to get my writing organized to be able to edit.


WHY am I a Pantser?! My WIP is a damn mess. I have some work to do before I can legitimately tackle a round of edits on this thing. Right now, I’m just trying to get organized.

From there, I can create an actual game plan.


I’m not completely discouraged, however. There’s definitely potential. It’s just, ROUGH.


And that’s fine. I can work with rough.


Things I would do differently:


1) Get to know the community.
2) Not try NaNoWriMo in my last trimester of pregnancy.
3) Win.

I’m definitely going to try NaNoWriMo again in the future. Probably in November. Life will be calmed down by then. As a voyeur of the NaNoWriMo community for years, that’s one aspect that I regret that I wasn’t able to really experience this go around.


Next time will be better.


Next time, I’m going to cross over to the Dark Side and become a Plotter.

Congratulations to everyone that did participate in Camp NaNoWriMo!

How was your experience? What did you accomplish? What would you have done differently?

Let’s chat!