This Loss is a Win

Camp NaNoWriMo is officially over for another year. I’m proud to say that my winning streak has broken.

This would have been my fifth win in a row, but I never reached 50,000 words. I only made it to 33,259 words. While it feels weird not to make it to 50k, I’m oddly okay with not winning that certificate.

Losing Camp NaNo July 2016 Rachel Poli

I decided to add 50,000 words to my already 50,000-word novel Hunter. As I continued the story where I left off last July, I slowly realized that the story most likely wasn’t going to need another 50k. But I kept writing anyway because… why not?

I think I only added another 20k or 25k or so to the novel before the draft was complete.

I was going to edit it but didn’t want to start it right away. So, I decided to write some Short Story Sundays.

I ended up finishing those for the rest of the year leaving me with the word count I have now: 33k.

I had hoped to get a lot of handwriting done while I was away on vacation. That didn’t work out as I only wrote about 550 words one night and that was it. However, I hung out with my parents and cousins instead so I’m not complaining about not getting any writing done.

There was one day left when I got home and I wondered if I was able to bang out a bunch of words by August 1.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I had already won Camp.

No, I didn’t reach my goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. But I got over half, which is better than nothing, I completed the first draft of another novel, and I also completed five months of Short Story Sundays (which is a load off my shoulders, seriously).

NaNo is just about getting the words down. It’s about quantity, not quality. The first draft of everything is crap. The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

That’s what I did. I got the first draft down. I wrote a bunch of shorts.

So I wasn’t able to print out that winner’s certificate or get the winner’s badges.

But I did win.

Unofficially, but I’m counting it.

Did you win Camp NaNo last month? How did your writing go?

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18 thoughts on “This Loss is a Win

  1. Hi Rachel – I think getting 10,000 words in a month would be an amazing effort so hitting 33k is really something to be proud of (and of course you can always claim quality over quantity :>).

  2. Honey, you are a winner in my book and you amaze me at what (quantity, yes, but ESPECIALLY quality) you actually get written. Congrats on finishing your novel. Take some generally-held advice by professional writers and let the novel sit for a while before starting the editing process so that you can consider it with fresh eyes, as if you were the first-time Rachel Reader instead of the actual writer of the book. I so much enjoy reading these posts where you examine and muse about what you wrote, are writing, and hope to write next. It is so helpful to me, for it let’s me inside your mind, and you are pretty close to the age of the students I teach/coach.

  3. I was on a pretty good streak the beginning of July, but then I went on vacation, so there went that. (And I am totally late to the commenting party. I’m slowly catching up!)

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