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What’s Your Word Goal? (CampNaNoWriMo)

Camp NaNoWriMo is a little more flexible than NaNoWriMo in November. You can choose whether you want to write a novel, short story, screenplay, or anything else. You can also change your word goal.The standard is 50,000 words, but you can write as little as 10,000 words or as much as 100,000 words if you like. Or, if you’re writing a script you can change

The standard is 50,000 words, but you can write as little as 10,000 words or as much as 100,000 words if you like. Or, if you’re writing a script you can change the amount of pages you want.

What's Your Camp NaNoWriMo Word Goal? (April 2017)

Since 50k is what NaNo is all about, I always set my goal for that much. I’ve tried writing 100k before and it didn’t work out very well. I was trying to write two projects at once and… well, I’ve learned my lesson on that one.

Anyway, if you write 50,000 words, your daily word goal is about 1,667 words. I like to keep things even as well as stay a little bit ahead, so even though my daily goal is 1,667, I always write at least 2,000 words.

Some people seem to think that writing 2,000 words a day is a lot. Then again, some people think that writing 1,000 words is a lot. I don’t think 2,000 words is that bad. If you can write 1,667 words, you can easily tag on an extra 300 words.

I also think that 2,000 words are a good amount for a chapter. My chapters usually end up between seven and ten pages with 2,000 words.

Including myself and Kris, there are 19 people in my cabin. I didn’t think they went that big, but it’s fun to have a lot of people. The word goals range quite a bit even though most of us are shooting for 50k.

Here are the monthly goals and their daily goals for the fellow cabinmates:

10,000 words – about 334 words a day
15,000 words – about 500 words a day
25,000 words – about 834 words a day
30,000 words – about 1,000 words a day
50,000 words – about 1,667 words a day
80,000 words – about 2,667 words a day

Then there are a few people in my cabin who have page goals:

30 pages – about 1 page a day
50 pages – about 1.5 pages a day
60 pages – about 2 pages a day

I think most of the writers in my cabin are going for their minimum daily goal. Some with the lower word counts are planning going above and beyond, but shoot small so it’s easier to pass, which isn’t a bad idea.

If I write 2,000 words a day for all 30 days, I should end up with 60,000 words on my novel, UnwrittenI don’t know if that would complete the novel or not, but I am hoping to finish the whole first draft by the end of the month.

When it comes to writing a novel, it’s obvious that it’s quality over quantity. That’s why some people don’t like NaNo. However, when you break it down like this, and just get the first draft written, it makes sense. The editing is when the real writing begins anyway. The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.

What’s your monthly and daily word goal? Are you going to try to write more than you’re supposed to? Let me know in the comments below!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

26 thoughts on “What’s Your Word Goal? (CampNaNoWriMo)

  1. I don’t judge. I can see that CampNaNoWriMo would help those that need a push to get some writing done. Personally, I try to write a chapter a day when I’m working on a novel. Doesn’t always work, but it’s a good goal to have. Keep up the writing!

    1. I think a goal is all anyone needs. NaNo uses the “write 1,667 words a day” goal while others use a goal to write a certain amount of pages or chapters, like you. NaNo or not, I always aim for 2,000 words a day. That’s about a chapter for me, anyway.
      Good luck with your writing! Those goals (and deadlines) do help. 🙂

  2. I agree with you about 2000 words not being a lot. For me anyway. An average word 20 minute word sprint and I can write anything between 400 to 800 words depending on the flow. So its easy to get to 2000 words. Except this time round I am struggling a bit.

    My goal for NaNo is 50 000 but I have a cabin mate who is writing 100 000 words and I am jealous of that word count haha. I’m about 1200 words behind for today’s word count and although I’ve put 50K as my goal, I’m aiming for that 100K.

    Curse my competitive nature.

    1. I find it pretty easy. I’ve never timed myself to see my word count per five minutes or whatever, but I have been writing 2k in one hour, so I assume I can do about 1k in 30 minutes.
      You sound like me! One of my cabinmates has a goal of 80k and has already reached 70k and I’m so jealous. I’m usually the first one of my cabin to reach the goal, but not this time and that bothers me, lol. One of these days, I do plan on writing 100k in one month, but now is not that time. As long as I can finish my first draft, I’ll be happy.
      Good luck on that 100k! 😉

  3. I set my goal for only 13,000, which ends up being about 500 words a day, but I ended up writing 2,000 words every day so far. I think having a small goal keeps me from getting overwhelmed and I end up exceeding my goal. I guess it’s my way of tricking myself to write more. 😀

    1. That’s a good way to do it. Start small and then keep growing when you can. Plus, you never know what may come up during the month where you won’t be able to write.

      1. I just changed my word goal to 15,000. 😀 I’ll probably keep changing it as I get closer to meeting the current goal.
        That’s true. You never know what will come up, and this way I don’t have to feel guilty about not reaching my goal.

      2. I think there’s a certain date that you can’t change your goal anymore. I don’t know when it is, though.
        Whether you reach your goal or not, if you’re writing something I find that to be an accomplishment. The main point of NaNo is to just write and get into a routine with it. Any writing is progress, whether it’s 500 words or 50,000 words.

      3. Ah…that’s good to know. Well, I can always exceed the goal. 🙂 And as you said, the point of NaNo is to push yourself to writer more than you usually would and get in a writing routine.

  4. This is my first NaNo. I originally planned to do 15k, but I got a new job a recently, and it’s been keeping me very busy. Since I still wanted to participate, I set my goal at 7,500. However, I’m on track to hit 10,000 right now.

    1. That’s good! Setting a low goal is great whether you’re busy or not. I’m glad you’re able to get ahead with your goal, too. I hope your story is going well and your job is going well too. 🙂

      1. Thanks. Job is going well. Story is going…well, I’m learning a lot. I wrote a terrible 20 page draft once, but other than that everything I’ve done is 8 pages or less. My NaNo story is probably going to be in the 50k plus range, but having never written anything that size, I’m not even sure. I tried to do as much world building and outlining last month, but I wish I’d done more. Regardless of how it goes, I plan to keep hitting at least my minimum 250 every day and worry about fixing things in the rewrite. I’d like to keep that going until I finish the story, even if it takes me a few months.

      2. That’s the way to do it though. I didn’t get a chance to outline as much as I wanted to, either. But mine is going surprisingly well.
        Small daily goals are great and you just have to remember that it’s not a race. I mean, NaNo kind of is in a way, but still, lol.

  5. No word goal for me this time around. But I am trying to write more than I usually do, and I’ve been successful so far.

    Good luck with your project. I hope I get to read it soon. 😉

  6. I always set my goal for 50K as well. I skipped writing day 3, but made up for it by writing over 10K the following day. It helps works been slow. I have been doing most of my writing there. I don’t know what I’m averaging right now as my daily count keeps changing depending on how much time I have to devote to it… I am satisfied with my project so far though. Good luck!

      1. Originally I had planned to write a short novella series about dragon shifters, but my fantasy world has been itching at me, so I started working on those novels instead. I’m flipping between a rewrite of one of them and a brand new story idea within the same world… as if I didn’t have enough to work on…

      2. Hey, you have to work on whatever your mind sets its sights on. I think the writing comes out much better when you’re in the mood to write it.
        I’m writing something completely brand new even though I have four other novels I’m currently working on. But that’s the way it goes when you have a ton of ideas, lol.

  7. I like that! Good breakdown. My goal is 30,000 but I have not wrote much the first half so not sure I will make it. I think time goes way too fast. lol I keep every printout of my edits and they are so funny to go back and read what I originally wrote during a challenge. The challenges are to get things wrote and worry about polish later. Makes for some interesting reads. lol Good luck to you. 🙂

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