Camp Nano: WINNER


That’s right…I did it! *throws confetti and happy dances then collapses in a heap of exhaustion* Honestly, not sure how, but I beat my goal with one week to spare.

Word goal: 20,000

Final word count: 20,436

So now that it’s over, what do I think of my first NaNoWriMo experience?

It was definitely a roller coaster. There were moments I felt like a superhero on top of the world and others I wanted to cry and rip my hair out. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if I had gone for the full 50k. But on the other hand, I knew going into it that this month was already going to be busy and hectic in the first place, so that might have been part of it. 

CampNaNo was challenging, exciting, eye-opening, fun (sometimes), painful, exhausting, and inspiring. I think my favorite part was the community and all the awesome support. I could have never done this without NaNoWordSprints or my super awesome cabin of fellow WordPress bloggers. It was also reallycool to see how different everyone was–even within our cabin, there were some going for 10k, others for 60k. Some got stuck at low word counts, others were writing demons churning out thousands a day. But that’s what was so cool, seeing how everyone worked, seeing everyone’s struggles and accomplishments, and all of us working together towards this one goal. It really felt like a team. 🙂 

What would I say to someone who is considering a NaNoWriMo event?

Know what you’regetting yourself into. Also, know yourself and what you’re capable of. Through NaNo, you’ll probably discover you’re capable of a lot more than you thought you were, but on the other hand, don’t commit to a large word count when you know you have a busy month or hectic life already. The point of NaNoWriMo, in my opinion, is to challenge yourself. Challenge yourself creatively, become a part of this community, and have fun. There is no point in participating if you start to hate writing each day, or end up overstressing yourself, and basically just have a miserable time. 

My advice to anyone participating for the first time?

Relax. It is not the end of the world if you don’t reach your goal. It doesn’t mean you’re a terrible writer and you should give it up. Everyone works differently. Some people might find out that they’re not made to write in a situation like NaNo. I found it very difficult for my writing style. And as I’ve said to several people participating this month, no matter what your word count is at the end of the month, every word is one word more than you had when you started. And that is something to celebrate, whether you’re a “winner” or not. 🙂

Would I do it again, or consider NaNoWriMo?

Honestly, after this trial, I don’t know that I could do full on NaNo. Maybe, if I had a basically free month, and really put everything else aside. But with my school schedule, I don’t know that that would be possible. CampNaNo? Absolutely. Depending on where I am at next July (hopefully it will be less busy for me next year) I would love to participate again. Mainly because of the customizable word count. I know the point is to write a book in a month, but honestly I don’t really want to write a book in a month. I know my limits, and 20k turned out to be a good goal for me. Maybe next year I’ll try 30,000, and work my way up from there. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll go for the full 50? 🙂 

There’s still a week left, but where are you at? Have you met your goal, or are you inches away from the finish line? Are you struggling to churn out those last few 1ks before the end? Would you do this again, or try it for the first time? I’d love to hear what you think! 


19 thoughts on “Camp Nano: WINNER

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your experience with Camp NaNo! I know a lot of people find it overwhelming and hate it by the end of the month. 20k really seems to be a good goal for when you’re busy.

    My goal of 40k was definitely a little over-ambitious, but I guess I’ll find out next week if I’m a winner or not, but I’m not about to give up now! Only seven thousand words left to go for me!

    Congratulations on your success! Hope to see you doing Camp NaNo next year as well 🙂


    • Thank you! I can definitely understand where they’re coming from. Yes, it was the only the second time I’ve done a monthly word goal at all, and I knew 20k was about my limit. Definitely don’t give up yet! That’s really close, with almost a week left still 🙂 Thank you!


  2. This is awesome, Victoria. I’m glad you got so much out of the experience. I may be wrong, but I believe there’s another one this August… I think, anyway. ;]


  3. Congratulations! Now you can relax for the rest of the month. 🙂

    I’m still 20K away from my goal of 90K, but I’m on track to make it by month end. If I’m feeling energetic, I might marathon it and finish a day or two early.

    This is my third NaNoWriMo experience and I have mixed feelings about it. It’s not necessarily the optimal way for me to write, but I do get a lot of words on the page and I love interacting with so many other writers. It may not happen in November because I might still be neck-deep in editing the current epic. I definitely love the flexibility of Camp, though!


    • Yes! I definitely need it 🙂 90k in one month?? Wow, props to you. That’s awesome, good luck! I agree though, it definitely isn’t the best way for me to write, but it gets the words down and like I said I love the community. There’s pros and cons but it’s a good experience! Thanks for commenting 🙂


  4. *dances* congrats!! A seriously HUGE congrats to you!! I know you had your moments when you couldn’t write and then other moments you were stressed etc. and you totally deserve to win!
    I still got like 7 thousand words to go but there’s still time for me to catch up!! Also, I haven’t been stressed once this entire NaNoWriMo – which is weird cos normally I’d get super stressed – but I think I learnt from last year just chill not think it serious and have fun! ^-^


  5. Congrats! It’s great that you know your limits–after being a NaNoWriMo veteran many, many times, I feel like 50k a month is a lot. November’s also kind of inconvenient, because we, at least, use the week of Thanksgiving for family, and that doesn’t leave much time to write. Along with schoolwork, I’d say December is the best month for it! I love Camp, for the same reason as you do!

    And congrats being a winner! I just validated last night as well! 😀


  6. Congratulations! I remember when I made my NaNo goal in November. I’m pretty sure I saved the document, pushed my laptop off my bed and onto the ground, then slept for twelve hours.
    I did (against my better judgment) have an unofficial goal for the month. Sadly there is no way I am making it at this point! Oh well, the bright side is that I was distracted by so many other fantastic writing-related things.
    Regardless NaNo has been great at getting me to set goals for myself. I never really did that before, and thus I never really got anything done before. I think it’s best to put your goal an inch above what you think you can feasibly achieve, because like you said it’s about challenging yourself too.


  7. Woo! Congratulations!! 😀 I don’t know if I could a full NaNo either. I tried years ago before I was serious about writing but didn’t make it far at all. Maybe 5-10k. hehe Maybe you should try in November just to see how far you get?


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