Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp National Novel Writing Month…




Show of hands–who is participating in Camp NaNo this year? I know that I am and I have to say that I am certainly not prepared for it…

First, I’m a little disappointed that Script Frenzy is no more. I loved that website and I loved participating. Can you do a script for NaNo? Of course, but it’s not really the same. I think they took down Script Frenzy because not a lot of people were joining it…as far as I’m concerned, there were a good amount of people on there. Most of the people on NaNo were on Script Frenzy.

Second, they changed the dates again. The first year I discovered Camp NaNo was 2011 and it was during the months of June and July. For 2012 it was July and August. Now, for 2013, it’s April and July. I’m glad we can all agree on at least July. I’m sure they changed it to April because that’s when Script Frenzy used to be.

Third, my OCD is kicking it. There are 12 months in a year and three sessions of NaNoWriMo. 12 divided by three is four. Each session should be four months a part. November, March, July. End of story. Of course, that would mean I would have to write 50,000 this month, but…whatever. The way they have it now is obnoxious. November to April is five months, April to July is three months, and July to November is three months. Make it even, please!

This poses as an issue. April is less than one month away and I have no idea what to do for it. Not to mention that I am already in the middle of a novel. I know some people are “rebels” and they just add 50,000 words onto whatever novel they are currently writing, but I don’t like to do that. I like to start fresh. So this means that I have to finish Take Over by April because if I start writing something new, I know for a fact that I will never go back to Take Over. And I really need to start finishing things that I start.

So I am going to try to work extra hard for the rest of this month and try to get Take Over finished up. Then I can start planning for April and…I have no idea what novel I am going to write for that. But I guess I can’t really worry about that right now because I have to focus on finishing Take Over. This is a lot to handle; especially since I’m trying to get school organized and such.

By the way, I finished reading Beautiful Creatures. It was a good book–everyone should read it. But while the movie was great, it really didn’t do the book justice. So if you’re one of those people who gets angry when the movie is completely different from the book, I say watch the movie before you read the actual book. That way, you can enjoy the movie for just a little bit. Anyway, that’s 563 pages added to my pages read count!

As you know because I haven’t posted in a couple of days, I have no written in a couple of days. I have been busy and I have been exhausted. I am, however, going to try my absolute best to finish Take Over by April. That gives me a little over three more weeks and I’m already doing pretty well on the story. I think I should be able to do it.

I just have to cut off all ties with life.


2013: 41,268/365,000 Words Written
2013: 1,495/18,250 Pages Read

46 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. I’ll be going to Camp next month! They’re switching things up a little, so people will be able to write scripts–I don’t know how, but that’s what they’ve said. And they’re doing flexible word counts, so people like me who never manage to hit 50k can set different, more realistic goals–or for the people who prefer shooting for 100k or 200k+, so their progress can be more accurately portrayed. Good luck with Take Over!

    • Yes, that’s what I heard. I was thinking of doing a script just for old time’s sake, but I don’t think I want to now…I think I might end up doing a novel.

      Good luck to you and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  2. I’m trying my hand at another Non-Fiction this time. I’ve been nano-ing since 2001. I’ll be working on a Lexicon for Worldbuilders, with a slant on helping folks be better storytellers.
    Since I have a non-fiction advice book for writers coming out in July from Inspired Quill, It seems like a good area of focus to continue with.

    Good Luck in whatever you plan on going with, Rachel.

  3. This is the first year I’ll be doing CampNano. I’ve done NaNoWriMo quite a few times and loved it. I’m like you, though, if I abandon a project for CampNano to start a new one, I know I’ll never go back to the first one, and I always seem to be in the middle of a project during CampNano. This year, it’s game on!

    PS – Thank you for liking my blog posts! I’m loving your blog, consider me your newest fan!

    • Good luck with it! I don’t know if it will be easier in April than in November…I only won once for November, but u won both times I did script frenzy.

      Good luck! 🙂

      • Thanks! It’s definitely a challenge, but as a part-time procrastinator for a living, the deadline forces me to be more productive and less critical of my writing. I need that sometimes!

        • I am anything but a procrastinator, but when it comes to writing I have too many ideas. Half way through each novel I get bored and start something new. Then I never go back to the first one and the cycle just repeats itself…

          • Oh I’m so in that sinking boat too! I love new projects, I love planning them and organizing all my notes and research. Then I hit the first “hard” part, and I start to lose interest. I’ve had to re-vamp my thinking process recently to get out of the pattern. I’m learning to write my way through those parts, and eventually I get caught up in the excitement again. It’s a constant struggle though.

            • It’s an annoying struggle lol. I’m trying to bribe myself that I can’t start anything new until I finish the one I’m working on currently.

  4. I think you should go easy with the goal setting. Complete the novel you are presently writing and exult at its completion, then give yourself time before the next story. That way, your muse would have been re-energized and you will be able to write a lengthy chunk of your next novel before coming up for air… #myopinion

    Kudos to you though, I am such a lazy writer :d

  5. I’m back with a new novel but I do no think it’s wise for me to sign up for the April Camp and I wanted to change to the July camp but it wont let me … how do I do it?

    • They probably don’t have the July one set up just yet because it’s a couple of months away. I don’t think you can really delete a novel. But just because you added it onto the site doesn’t mean you have to actually participate in it. Or you can try anyway and see what happens.

  6. I’m in! Was due to start a new project on 1st of April so it’s come at a perfect time. I failed my first Nano back in November, so need to make amends. I kinda want to buy an indoor tent…

  7. I had an idea that was loosely fleshed out which I was planning to use this April, but then I made the mistake of strolling through the Nano forums, particularly the dare and adopt posts and saw all the amazing ideas and now I’m torn.

  8. Considered joining camp this year. It would be my first year for it. But I’m still polishing my November gem. Maybe I’ll be ready to take up an oar with my fellow Wrimos next camp. 🙂

  9. Huh, I wouldn’t have even known it was happening if not for you stopping by my blog, so… thanks! Although I wonder how grateful I’ll be feeling in a couple of weeks… xD

    I can’t think of any reason not to get involved though; my current novel is… well, I might appreciate the break. Of course, I only have a day to figure out what to do instead…

    • I say go for it! xD

      I started a novel at the beginning of March and I’m trying to finish (er, get very close to finishing…) it by tomorrow night. It’s a lot, but you never know how much you’re capable of getting done. You may surprise yourself. 🙂

  10. Yeah, I think I will 🙂

    I’m a bit sceptical after my November attempt fell at the wayside as life happened, but feeling sorry about it isn’t going to put words on a page!

  11. How’s your NaNo writing going? I am definitely mixing it up! So far I have an article, a poem, a blog post and a chunk of a novel in the first 3 days. If it’s writing, it counts as far as I’m concerned. 🙂

    Write on!

    • NaNo Rebel! Lol.

      That’s awesome that you have so much! My NaNo writing is going great. I’m about 6k words ahead of schedule.

  12. I am in Camp right now.

    Started off strong then day two hit. But I have been able to get my daily quota so far, although it is only Thursday. This is my first time doing NaNo and it is definitely not for the weak spirited.

    Probably shouldn’t have started my own blog the same week I started NaNo.

  13. Yeah, I just realized that they changed the months this year and missed the start in April. I can’t participate with a newborn but I would have liked to have known I was missing it, not in the dark… Perhaps I can participate in July? Good luck to you with your novel.

    • Yeah, I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for someone else’s blog. This is the third year in a row that they changed the dates. I hope it stays this way now. Especially since the months are more spread out.

      Congrats on the newborn and hopefully you’ll have a little time in July to get some writing done. Good luck!

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