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How To Use The Camp Site To Your Advantage [Camp NaNoWriMo]

When it comes to writing during a NaNoWriMo month, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated or even to just stay on task when you are motivated. Now that we’re halfway through the month, some of us may be losing steam and get stuck and don’t know what to do next.

I know a lot of people who turn off their wi-fi and disconnect from the Internet while they write so that they don’t get distracted as they try to get their daily word count in.

If this is how you work, then that’s fine. Do what you gotta do.

Still, as much as the Camp NaNo website can be distracting, it can also be a great help.

How To Use the Camp NaNoWriMo Website Your Advantage

The Cabins

Use your own cabin as a source to help you out. If you’re stuck on something in your novel, ask your cabinmates. Chances are, they may be having the same problem or have gone through it before.

Ask for advice, talk about the good things and bad things about your novel. Also, check your stats and see how you overall cabin is doing. A little competition never hurt anyone.

The Writing Resources Page

The Writing Resources page is great. There’s a list of events that you can participate in during the month as well as the “camp counselors” which are authors who give advice and pep talks throughout the month. There are also various articles about the writing process such as planning, character, dialogue, editing, and so much more.

The Camp NaNoWriMo Forums

Or you can go on the main NaNo website and check out the forums. Any will do, but there is a section for specific Camp Forums. It’s small, but you can meet many new people outside of your cabin and talk about just about anything.

Check Your Messages

Most often than not, there will most likely be a message in your inbox. It’s usually a “care package” that has a pep talk or good advice inside.

In Conclusion

I’ll admit that I don’t use the website as much as I probably should. I don’t really explore it and use the goodies that are given to me during the month.

But, when I do, I can fully admit that it helps. Whether you’re stuck or not, need motivation or not, it helps and it’s fun.

What’s your favorite part about the Camp website? 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.

11 thoughts on “How To Use The Camp Site To Your Advantage [Camp NaNoWriMo]

  1. Most of the people in my cabin are struggling with real world issues and just having a hard time finding *time* to write. So all this extra stuff is, well, more stuff that takes time. The first Camp, I read some of the “care packages” but now I don’t even glance at them. I feel a little guilty; I know that people worked hard to write all that helpful advice and support, but I’ve never found it helpful. Have you? Maybe I’m just not in the right mindset for it.

    1. There’s not much anyone can do about time except for finding it for yourself. I get up an extra two hours earlier every morning so I can write before work. It’s tiring, but it’s just something I feel like I have to do. Even if you carry a notebook around with you and jot down just one sentence of your story at some lull during the day, I think that counts. Sure, you may not reach your goal for Camp, but you wrote something. And I think that’s all that matters. Though it is tough especially when life has other plans for you.
      I find the care packages to be helpful, but like you, I haven’t really looked at them either. I always say I’ll “read it later” and then forget…oops.

      1. If I try to do it one sentence at a time, I end up getting nothing accomplished on any of my projects, either work or writing. And I’m already waking up at 5:00. This morning I woke up at 4:00. For me, it’s emergencies at work. For some of my Camp buddies, they’re having family emergencies, housing problems, etc. Yes, it’s prioritizing, but if your house has a slab leak or your kid is freaking out, you concentrate on that, not on whether you got words written for some arbitrary goal this month. I know other people take Camp Nano super seriously, and I don’t want to disparage that; everyone has different stuff going on in their lives.

      2. I completely agree. You have to do what you have to do and sometimes that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something you “want” to do. Family and general life always have to come first.
        That’s what I meant when I said finding time to write is something that’s tricky for everyone, but it’s something you have to figure out on your own. You can call other writers and ask for genre advice, but you can’t call and say, “how do I make time to write and juggle everything else?”
        It’s not ideal, but everything will eventually work itself out. I hope things get better soon for you and your cabin buddies!

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