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It's all about speed writing and typing thousands of words in a day because we simply have to make that deadline.
That ever-looming goal is stress inducing. It causes us to stay up late and rise early just to thump our heads on the keyboard in hope that something readable comes about.
The fun of Camp can last the whole month, but often, for me, the fun takes place on the first day, when I meet my goal, and when my cabin meets our goal. Note that those are only three days of the thirty (and sometimes it's only one day if I/my cabin doesn't meet the goal).
So the rest of the month, roughly twenty-seven days are COMPLETELY HECTIC.
Sure, Camp NaNoWriMo has many, many benefits. It motivates you to write those words, connect with other
But it's okay to take a break.
The break from writing gave me what I needed to start creating an epic ending for my novel: A fresh mind, new vocabulary from the books I read, and time to dwell on my story so I was actually excited when I started writing again.
When I returned to my story, that's when I realized that it was completely okay to sometimes take a break. It's often for the better.
If you're feeling overwhelmed, as odd as it may sound, try taking a break, even if it's just for the day. Read a book, take a walk, brainstorm, and *cough* write a blog post. It may be what your mind needs to enter itself back into the story.
Now, excuse me while I speed-write hundreds of words to make up for my word count and my cabin's.
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If you're falling behind on your word count or even if you're super ahead and want some extra motivation, Go Teen Writers is having a six day long Word War on their blog! It'd be awesome to war with you. :)
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- Katie Grace
Have you taken a break this month? Do you agree on what I said? Disagree?
For a fun question: what was the last book you read?
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