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The Camp Nano Curse

National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo – is my favorite time of the year. Each November since 2010 I’ve sat down and written at least 50,000 words by December 1st. Ever since I first experienced the high of winning, of actually writing that much in a single month, I’ve been hooked.

Camp Nano is a different story. For starters, it’s not in November, but usually April and July. Secondly, you set your own goal. And it can be as low as you want. So winning that too – and by winning I mean reaching the goal you set for yourself – should be easy. Except, it’s not. I’ve tried winning at Camp many times, and I’ve never made it. Not even with goals so low, I could easily do it in a single day during NaNoWriMo.

Firefly GIF Curse Your Sudden But Inevetable Betrayal

So what it is about Camp that makes it different? Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the fact that you can set your own goal? That by not reaching for the stars, I’ll always end up crashing and burning? I could try and set a 50k goal, but I don’t know if I have it in me to go all out more than once a year. In November, writing takes over. I go to work, walk the dog, and write. If I’m ahead of schedule, I can hang with my friends. If I’m behind, I’m preoccupied if I hang with them instead of writing. I can’t focus, and just want to go home and write. Which sucks, and itsn’t fair to them. Can I really do that more than once a year?

Personally, the answer is no. I don’t want to. But then how am I going to break my Camp Nano curse? Well, I guess that’s what this post is all about. Because I have a plan. OK, so I always have a plan, and it always fails. Because my brain is evil and always has an excuse not to write up its sleeve. I mean, we’ve on the seventh day of Camp, I have zero words written, and am blogging.

But there is a point to blogging. I think. At least, it’s helping me focus on the fact that I should be writing. And this time, I have a plan that might just work. Cause I learned something last year in November. That writing for a short while at a time can amount to a lot of words written in the end. I’ve also set a seriously low goal for myself, only 3000 words. Why? Because I need to beat the curse before challenging myself further. 3000 words should be about the length of the next chapter of Unleashed as well. I haven’t touched the book since November 30th, and while my brain never stopped working out the rest of the plot, I’ve never been able to sit down and keep writing.

Stargate Atlantis GIF That's the plan

So that is the plan. Set a low goal. write for 10-15 minutes at a time, unless my brain is cooperating the and words continue to flow. Finish another chapter. From there, my hope is that this will open the floodgates, and I’ll be able to continue writing until this book is finished. I know where the plot is going, all I gotta do is get there.

Will I be able to break the curse this time? I have no idea! But for the first time in a few years, I’m actually quite hopeful. I believe in myself. I believe this will be my Camp Nano year!

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