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Pack Your Bags: It’s Camp NaNoWriMo Time

Alright, guys, Camp NaNoWriMo begins in four days. Four. That’s it. That’s all the time we have left to prepare.

So, are you ready?

Official Stuff

  • Do you have your novel created on the Camp website?
  • Do you have a set goal in mind whether it’s words or pages or hours?
  • Are you in a cabin (if you want to be in one)?
  • Have you explored the website’s resources just for fun?
  • Have you spread the word that you’re participating?

For Your Novel

  • If you’re a planner, do you have your outline prepped?
  • If you’re a pantser, do you have a basic gist of the plot and what you hope the story will accomplish?
  • Is your laptop charged? Do you have a handy supply of paper and pens?
  • Do you have a basic idea about your main characters?

For You

  • Have you told friends and family you won’t see them for a month?
  • Do you have a large supply of coffee/tea that will last the month?
  • What about chocolate, candy, and other snacks?
  • Do you have a blanket and pillow by your desk just in case?
  • Have you created a special music playlist to keep you focused?

There’s a lot of things you can do to prepare for Camp. Or, you can just not prepare at all and see how the month goes. That’s always fun.

What do you do to prep for Camp? Are you ready? Let me know in the comments below!

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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.

20 thoughts on “Pack Your Bags: It’s Camp NaNoWriMo Time

  1. Well so far, i know that I’m participating, I have no idea of what I’m going to write or how many words to try for but I do at least have a cabin invite to forward to 😀

  2. Woo-hoo, we’re off to Camp! Well, I have a cabin, I have great camp buddies, I have a plan, I set a word count goal that is challenging (for me, these days) but hopefully doable — we’ll see how far I can get. This year I’m focusing on getting a bunch of short stories written to try to get published. I’ve been focusing on flash fiction for my blog and on revising my novel, and the short stories have gotten -ahem- short shrift.

    And then everything at work hit the proverbial fan, and I’m looking at super stress craziness for the next month. Sigh. Well, soldiering on.

    Good luck with Camp NaNo, Rachel!

  3. I don’t have a great track record for Camp Nanos (despite a winning streak on November Nanos) so I’m a little nervous going in, even though my word count is only 20K and I can check off most of the things on your prep list!

  4. No, Yes, No, Yes and Yes! I’m not in a cabin because I find that being online completely distracts me from writing but I have to put up my novel on the website anyway. Thanks for reminding me!

    1. Oh, really? I love being in a cabin. I don’t normally check it as often as I should… So I guess it doesn’t really distract me that much, lol.

  5. Hello! I’m new to blogging and book reviewing, and am very impressed by your blog. I’m also a writer, and am looking forwards to Camp Nanowrimo in July. I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful week.


    1. Hi Breeny! Welcome to WordPress. 🙂 I’d love to check out your blog. I will next time I get on the computer. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stick around my blog for a bit. 🙂

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