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Camp Is Coming

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again.

NaNoWriMo is something I look forward to all year long. If they didn’t have two Camp sessions before then, I don’t know what I would do.

Yet each sessions always seems to sneak up on me. I think about it, prepare what I’m going to write, then when prep time actually starts and the actual challenge arrives, I panic.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 Banner Rachel Poli

Camp NaNoWriMo is coming.

It’s hard to believe it’s only three weeks away. Do you know what you’re going to write?

I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time and decided to save it for Camp. Now that it’s almost time to write it, I’m excited to finally get started on the project but I’m panicking. I want it to come out as well as I believe it to be.

You all know I’m a planner. I’ve been doing slow research here and there. I’m also going to start outlining it soon. I planned on starting the outline last week, but… Well, you know some other happy news got in the way.

I plugged in everything on my Camper Profile. I updated my profile, my cabin settings, and even added my novel already.

I’m doing something a little different this year. If you go onto my profile, you’ll see the genre of my novel is “Fanfiction.” It’s actually a fairy-tale retelling.

But there will be more on that in a later post.

My goal is the standard 50,000 words. I’ll be trying to get at least 2,000 words a day (or one chapter), which is what I usually try to do. That would be over 50,000, but we’ll see how long the novel actually is.

I can’t wait for Camp to start! I’m so excited!

Are you participating in the April session of Camp? What genre are you writing in? What’s your word goal?

You may also enjoy…
Camp NaNo: What to Write
Camp NaNo: Should You Outline?

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

33 thoughts on “Camp Is Coming

  1. So excited! I love fairy tale retelling. I’m planning on planning. I get all impatient to start and then panic when I realize I haven’t done enough prep. I’m writing humorous fantasy from the POV of a villain.

    As you’ll be able to tell, bunk buddy, I’m aiming for 30k. I want to take it a little slower. The faster I work, the sloppier my writing becomes and the more stressed I get.

    1. I panic as well. I tend to hit my goal without a plan, but it’s not a good as it could be.
      Good for you for taking your time with it. I’ve thought about lowering the word count in the past, but I like to keep the challenge at 50k to say I can do it… despite how the draft comes out, lol.
      Thank you for adding me to the cabin as well! My sister said she would love to join as well. She added a novel. If there’s room, her username is Winged_Spirit. Thanks!

  2. Exciting indeed! I am also participant so I’ll be chugging along with you although I won’t be doing another 50K, I’ll save that struggle for November haha.

    Good luck! And thanks for the links 🙂

  3. Wow, I totally forgot about Camp NaNo – thanks for reminding me! I think I’ll sign up with my editing goal. I hope to be finishing/revising the first completed manuscript for my novel 🙂

  4. A fairy tale re-telling?!? *squee* Yes! I love it!!!

    I’m writing the third Shifters & Mages novel. Yes, I’ve already started it and have a little over 6K (two chapters) put into it, but that’s what I like about Camp. It doesn’t have to be a brand-new project. So my goal is to write a chapter a day if possible (about 3K), which means I’ll finish the novel before the end of the month (about 75K total). Large goals. Especially since I have my goal set for 50K, which is my real goal.

    Good luck on Camp! I’m excited for April to start. 😀

  5. Urgh, you’re right! I have no idea how I always manage to forget about it until the last second. I’ll prolly participate for the hell of it, but my goal would be 10k and working on whatever I already am working on. Otherwise, I’d never finish any projects with all these Camps throughout the year haha.

  6. Best wishes in April – impressed with the full NaNo word count goal. I’m doing half NaNo’s for both April and July (25,000). So excited for April to get here!

  7. A fairytalke retelling sounds really cool! I am aiming for 30k in April. It will be my first camp (did my first NaNo last November) and I am really excited already!

      1. I sure enjoyed it! I’ll be writing a collection of very short stories for young children, set in a castle with lots of funny and fantastic elements in it.

  8. This is the first time I’ll be participating! Initially I was planning on writing in an alternate universe setting with supernatural elements but now I’ve changed to YA for now. I’ve just started outlining characters and main places.

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