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.
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, Unwritten. I 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!