Just Hours to Go

By this time tomorrow I’ll be writing for CampNaNoWriMo.

I should be panicking. I might be panicking, but it’s hard to tell. I’m just sort of stuck and unable to focus on my project. I have writing and planning to do, but none of it is getting done tonight.

Do you ever react to excitement and anticipation by just shutting down? How do you counteract it?

I’m struggling right now, and I’m afraid it will carry over into next month and ruin the start of Camp. I’ll make it work somehow!


20 thoughts on “Just Hours to Go

  1. I struggle with this a lot as well. The best thing I have found is to give myself permission not to work on the thing I’m stressing about for a little while. Perhaps if you give yourself a little time away from the plotting and the planning, you might come back fresh and ready to write as soon as the clock ticks over to 00:00 tonight. Good Luck! πŸ™‚

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  2. Same here! Although for me, it has a lot to do with RL getting in the way of planning & writing. Still, I could’ve prepared some during the evenings… but I didn’t. So I’m definitely a little worried.

    But I’ll have to sit down and outline my plot tonight, at least the beginning, otherwise there won’t be any words tomorrow! If you don’t have time tonight, maybe you could get up earlier tomorrow to do some planning, then take a short break before starting to write?

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    • Oh no! I hope you get at least part of your outline done in time!

      I’m continuing a project so I have a good idea of where I’m going, but I prefer to have everything mapped out scene by scene as I’m writing and I’m almost caught up with my scene cards.


  3. I’ve planned ahead in advance, though I did run into some slight issues and I’m having to rethink my plan for Camp since I’ve been told I’ve got family visiting from down south, through a majority of July, so I gotta do something about that. I’m worried I’m not going to make it this time, like last Camp NaNo, but at the same time, I’ve got fellow writers to support me!

    Maybe think about doing an hour’s worth of planning before you start to write? After all, Camp NaNo is rather flexible, and to add to the fact that July is 31 days, you have an extra day to make up for time lost on tomorrow, maybe?


    • Yeah! Once I force myself to take some time and do some plotting I’m sure I’ll be fine. I just allow myself to get blocked too easily. A looming deadline usually gets the gears in my brain turning again.

      Good luck with Camp + visitors! It might make things more difficult, but sometimes being busy makes these things easier too.

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  4. You’ll do great. Let Camp NaNo be a fresh start in your mind. You can do this! Haha. I’m looking forward to taking part and hearing about your progress too! πŸ™‚


  5. Depending on what all’s been going on during the time leading up to an event I sometimes shut down. If it’s something like NaNo and I’m not going to start writing at midnight (like tonight), then I usually just have trouble sleeping. Always happened to me the night before the first day of a new school year. During regular NaNo unless I’m dead on my feet tired or sick (like last year) I start at midnight and even then I sometimes have trouble falling asleep.

    Hope switching gears for a little bit helps chase away the blahs.


      • Lately when I’ve been at work all I can think about is writing, but then when I get home it’s the last thing on my mind until it’s time to go to bed. Planning on a morning writing session tomorrow. Are you in a cabin?


      • Yeah. Motivation seems to evaporate when it is time to get to work.

        I have a cabin with a couple friends. It’s been rather quiet though because one is away at summer camp until Saturday and another is getting married tomorrow. I’m hoping they’ll both be motivated to write even with a late start.

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  6. I haven’t prepared at all. I meant to…but it didn’t happen. I had a freak out oh about an hour and a half ago when I realized Camp NaNo was tomorrow. Luckily, I’m mostly revising my novel, but I will probably end up taking the story further because I never finished it despite the 50k words. I suppose that I have a few hours to prepare…especially because I haven’t looked at my novel since January.

    I’m sure that you’ll be alright. I look forward to reading about your Camp NaNo journey.



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