Camp NaNo Progress Report: Four Days In

I am four days into Camp NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and so far am on track. My project this time is in the editing stages, so the usual word-count goal doesn’t really work.

The standard NaNo goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel in a month. But Camp NaNo is regular NaNo’s eccentric cousin and doesn’t care so much about the rules; you can set your Camp NaNo goal wherever you want. There are ways to determine a goal for editing instead of writing, but I couldn’t come up with one that I thought would be helpful. So instead I am just using the word count of whatever chapter I’ve edited, even though I did not write all of those words this month. My goal is just to finish this round of editing, so the word count doesn’t matter. In fact, if I’m doing it right, the word count will have gone down by the end of the month. My first draft is too long.

In any case, the usual 50,000-word goal averages out to 1,667 words per day. Four days in, I am averaging 2,898 words per day. I’ll take it!

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