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Why I Lowered My Word Goal [Camp NaNoWriMo]

No matter which session, Camp or regular NaNo, I always have my word goal be the standard 50,000 words.

I typically write 2,000 words a day for that goal and am able to easily reach the overall goal long before the month is over. Sometimes I have enough steam to go over my goal. I’ve finished complete first drafts before and sometimes I’ve just done the bare minimum.

I chose two different projects for myself this month. When I realized that I had “double-booked” myself, I decided to try to write 100k in the month.

It’s a challenge I’ve always wanted to do, a challenge I’ve done twice before but never completed.

Someday I will complete that challenge. However, this month is not the right time for it.

July 2017 Camp NaNo Participate

I’ve seen plenty of people change their word goals in the middle of the month before. I always thought that was strange because it felt like “cheating” to me.

Well, I am now one of those people.

Last night, I changed my 100k word goal down to 50k. It’s the standard, the goal that I would have originally chosen for myself if I didn’t decide to try to go above and beyond.

My current word count stands at 41,414 words. Before I was almost halfway there and now all of the sudden I’m almost done. It feels weird and I still feel like I “cheated” in some way.

Still, I think this was the best decision.

Between trying to write 5,000 words a day, I also have to keep up with two blogs (which I’ve gotten behind in for both), I started my internship, and I’ve also been more focused on article writing than creative writing. This doesn’t include me trying to hang out with my friends and family.

It’s been a busy month, busier than I thought it’d be. So, that’s why I decided to ease up on my word goal. After looking at everything I had to do (and making a four-page to-do list for myself…) I realized that Camp shouldn’t be the biggest priority this month.

I still feel good because I know I’ll reach at least the 50k, which is good for me. I hope everyone else is having a successful Camp!

Have you ever lowered your word goal before? How’s Camp treating you this month? 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.

10 thoughts on “Why I Lowered My Word Goal [Camp NaNoWriMo]

  1. Don’t worry about the “cheating” part. If you decide you can’t do as much as you’d planned initially, that’s quite alright. Do take care of yourself and be careful not to burn out! 🙂
    I haven’t written a word towards my goal yet. 41k seems mind-boggling to me! Keep up the good work, Rachel. 🙂

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