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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 5# 5/30 It is like Breaking a Diet & Crashing a Spaceship!


Oh, dear! I have just found out that writing UNDER the average word count for a few days is equivalent to the damage having the odd biscuit has on a diet!

I am now UNDER the place I should be 5 days in!

Average Words Per Day
Your Average Per Day
Words Written Today
Target Word Count
Total Words Written
8,120……………………………………… this should be 8335
Words Remaining
Current Day
Days Remaining
At This Rate You Will Finish On
May 1, 2013
Words Per Day To Finish On Time
But just like breaking a diet with a couple of biscuits, I am only 215 words behind!
I can make that back easily in my next write, which will be tomorrow night as I am out at a workshop tomorrow.
Camp NaNoWriMo Day 5# 5/30 Brain, we have a Problem!


Mission Control

 I entered my Camp NNWM word count (1500) for Thursday from my Wednesday writing overspill (Rebel!). I hadn’t time to pop into both camps during the day and write. Although I was very pleased with my Camp NaPoWriMo poetry! (A Tribute to Iain Banks)

 I came home via seeing my nephews with the MISSION: TO WRITE! 

… Writing… Check

It was 7pm before I got on the laptop.

I fell asleep after half an hour (and just over 600) words.

I decided to wake myself up with some Easter chocolate and TV.

My brain was still thinking about my manuscript.


Back on board and feeling more awake by 9pm I managed to write the same amount of words again.

The important part of this write was my content rather than the word count. I have written notes to guide me through the facts and information and what pleased me the most was ¾ of a page of notes created over 1200 words and many of them flowed quickly though me. 

Ground Control to Anyone

The one thing I am concerned about is how I am going to feel afterwards.

I re-read the Camp writes to make sure I haven’t produced 1000’s of words that I will need to edit or cut from the final m/s.

Maybe I am being a little critical, but at best it is a series of episodic events that need to be linked and brought together – this challenge will be the 1st area I work on after Camp. Then I go to the editing and proofreading chalets I guess!

On Course or Crashing?footer-camp

 I have found a few Blogs I follow belonging to people attempting Camp NaNoWriMo and not everybody is a first timer like me.

What I want to know is how YOU FEEL after you manage your daily count?

(Whether it is enough words or not!)

Right now I am ready to lie down and make like Sleeping Beauty for 100 years or something! 

It is common to feel drained after a big write (go find my end of Feb archives if you want to read examples) it is unusual to feel empty though. Like I have nothing left to give. AND NOW I AM 215 words behind where I should be!

 I wanted to add the last 300 words to meet my average count and I couldn’t, I had nothing left to write… yet this blog post is 404 and it has just come straight out onto the screen.


What’s the difference? Genre? Detail? Accuracy? Context? Enjoyment? Authority? Targets & deadlines?

Funny old world, the writer’s brain!

I wrote more on the manuscript today, my NaPoWriMo poem and completed 2 hours of research. I have spent most of the day panicking about the workshop tomorrow.