Camp NaNo: Week Two

Today is day eight of Camp NaNoWriMo, also marking the beginning of week two.

Week two is known as that “slump” week. We start getting bored with our novels. Tired of writing. We don’t want to keep up anymore. People get behind on their word counts, they skip a couple of days of writing here and there regardless of whether they’re ahead, behind, or on par.

It’s still early in the month, though. So we can’t give up.

Planners, you made an outline for a reason. Use it.

Pantsers, you were born to free write in dire times. Now is the time to do that.

This is the part of the month that you just have to say to yourself:

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Camp NaNo: Week One Recap

April 4 2015

Week one of Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to a close as of midnight tonight. Of course, depending on your time zone you may have a bit longer… or week one may already be done. Anyway….

Week one went well for me. I skipped writing a couple of days (oops) but I’m still ahead of the game, so it’s all good.

Daily Word Count:
Day 1: 5,015
Day 2: 2,005
Day 3: 0
Day 4: 4,047
Day 5: 2,454
Day 6: 0
Day 7: 2,503

Week one total: 16,024 words

As you can see, my word count fluctuates.

My original plan was to write 2,000 a day, extra on the weekends since I’ll have the extra time. As you can see, that has not been happening. I hope to get into a better routine for week two, but as long as I stay on par I’m good.

My novel is going well. I’m writing the next installment to my George Florence series. It’s a brand new case with new characters, new settings, new drama. It’s going really well (in my opinion). When the month is over, I plan on posting an excerpt as a Short Story Sunday that I hope you’ll all enjoy.

In the meantime, we need to prepare ourselves for week two of Camp. It’s the slump week, so I hope you’ve all got your coffee ready!

How is your novel going so far?

Camp NaNo: Week One

Ready…

Set…

GO!

Today marks day one of April’s Camp NaNoWriMo 2015. Not only is it day one for the entire session, but it is also day one of week one.

Week one, just like all the other weeks, is important. It’s the beginning–the beginning the month, the session, and your story, and your journey through writing that story as well as your journey for getting through camp.

Week one is all about finding a routine, a schedule for your writing. For the next 30 days you will need to write at least 1,667 words a day (note: words per day varies depending on your word count goal). In order to make sure you can meet your daily word count, it’s helpful to find a good balance between writing and life.

Maybe there’s a certain time a day that you usually have free. Maybe that time of day is the when your best writing happens. Maybe you write better if you write a certain amount of words, take a break, then write again.

Whatever it is, week one is the time to find that routine so you can do the best you can with your writing and meet your goal by the 30-day deadline.

By the end of week one, if you have the standard 50,000-word goal, you should have about 11, 669 words written.

Good luck, everyone. We’re all going to need it.

One More Day

Camp NaNoWriMo officially starts tomorrow… or tonight, if you want to get technical.

Are you ready? Because I feel like I’m not.

April is going to be a busy month for me. I have to take my Spanish final exam today and then my Spanish class is all done. So, I’ll only have three classes to worry about during the month of April. Yet, I’ll still have work six and half hours a day, plus that small bit of homework, plus blogging, reading, critiquing for my writing group as well as editing my own stuff to send in… oh, and I’m getting my wisdom teeth out towards the end of April.

That will certainly put my life at a stop for a couple of days.

Also, that doesn’t even include Easter, my cousin’s birthday, and my dad’s birthday.

April is going to be ridiculously busy when it’s usually not. But I can’t worry too much about it.

Aside from my Spanish exam, I already finished all my homework for this week. So starting tomorrow I won’t have school to worry about so I’m hoping to get a great head-start on NaNo.

Good luck, everyone!

Birthday Weekend

Friday: Friday seemed like a long day. I was anxiously awaiting to get out of work not only for the weekend, but so I could get to my friend’s house. My friend had a baby about a month ago and I was just meeting the baby for the first time. It was a good afternoon because I got to hold a baby (it’s been a long time) and I got to see my friend. I haven’t seen her since her baby shower back in November. I have school and work to thank for that.

Friday night I came home and worked on my writing group’s critiques. They were due Saturday morning, so I naturally left them until the last minute. It’s funny how deadlines creep up on you.

Saturday: I had my first writing group meeting. Technically was the second one, but Kris and I missed the first due to a prior commitment. We were nervous, but it went really well. Including the two of us, there’s seven of us total. Small, but I like it that way. It was good to have my work being read and critiqued by others than family. I got great feedback, both positive and negative. The next step is to edit that part again so I can edit the second part and send that for next month.

My cousin had a birthday party to go to so I went with my mom to drop her off and then we were food shopping. For once, we finished shopping in a timely manner and then had an hour to kill while we waited for my cousin’s party to be over. Once we got home, my mom thought it would be a good idea to go out to dinner. Kris and my dad didn’t feel like going, so Mom and I went to Panera. I was barely home on Saturday and wasn’t able to get anything done I originally planned. However, I spent the majority of the day with my mother (and we don’t get a lot of time to do that often) so it was good.

That night we gave my mom her birthday gifts early. We got her a Blu-Ray player and a new iPad. So I think she was pretty content.

Sunday: It was my mother’s birthday, plus Palm Sunday. So we went to church, which was extra long because the service was an extra half hour and then the Sunday school kids had their annual Easter egg hunt. We ended up being at church for an extra hour.

I took my Spanish quiz (that again, I left until the last minute) and then we went out to dinner. There was 11 of us for dinner and the waitress was slow and not very good, so we were there for a little while. We went to The Outback, so I can’t complain–the food is always awesome.

Then we went back to my house for cake for Mom’s birthday.

Overall, it was a great weekend. Busy, but relaxing at the same time.

This Week: I need to outline a bit more for my Camp NaNo novel. Camp starts in two days. With that being said, I need to finish my homework in a timely manner. Plus, I need to work on my Detective Florence manuscript for my writing group.

April is going to be a busy month; especially when it comes to writing. I hope I’m able to get a routine down and stick with it–even if it’s just for the month.

How was your weekend?

Camp NaNo: Cabins

We’re two weeks away from Camp NaNoWriMo!

The Camp site doesn’t have forums like the main NaNo site. If you want to chat with fellow participants, you can either go to the Camp NaNo forum on the main site or you can join a cabin.

Cabins are assigned randomly, but you can change your cabin settings if you so wish. You can request people in your age group, people who are writing in the same genre as you, or people who have the same word count goal as you. Depending on what you choose, the camp counselors will assign a cabin to you.

Or…

There are private cabins. You can start your own cabin and invite specific participants to join. You can remain private with your friends or after you’ve invited who you want, you can make the cabin public where others can join at will.

Or…

You can opt out of the cabin assignments and not be in a cabin at all. It’s just you, your story, and the crackling campsite fire.

Cabin assignments are one week from today. Make sure you set your settings or create a private group soon!

Kris (Winged_Spirit) and I (Fiery_Sapphire) are in a private cabin of our own. It’s just the two of us right now, but if you would like to join us, let me know in the comments with your NaNo username. There aren’t a lot of spots, so it’ll be first come, first serve. We’re looking forward to writing with everyone.

Two more weeks and the writing begins. Finish your preparations soon!

Camp NaNo: Should You Outline?

Camp NaNoWriMo is slowly approaching. Hopefully you know what you’re going to write at this point. If not… then I think you need to go get some writing done.

If you do, then that’s great! So what should you do next? You have two options:

1. You can outline your novel.
2. You can twiddle your thumbs until April arrives.

Everyone should know by now that I love outlines and I plan my novels all the time. However, not everyone works that way. Some people are planners and others are pantsers–the people who twiddle their thumbs until April and then free-write the moment NaNo begins.

Do you like following a plan? Do you like mapping out your world? Setting the scenes? Explaining small details about the characters? Then you should probably outline your novel.

Would you rather make things up as you go along? Do you want to get to know your characters as you write the novel? Then you should probably wait for April.

Everyone works differently. Everyone writes differently. Aside from getting that first draft finally done, I think that’s one of the major points of NaNo: figuring out your way of writing.

Camp NaNo: What To Write?

Camp 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 starts in one month! Can you believe it?

For those of you who do not know what Camp NaNo is or have never heard of it before, it’s the same thing as NaNoWriMo (you write 50,000 words in 30 days) in November every year.

Camp has a slight twist on it because it’s obviously not in November, but in April and July. Also, based on what you write for the month, you have the option to get sorted into cabins. Cabins are a mini messenger system where you can chat with fellow campers; get to know them and their novels, help each other out, compete with one another, etc.

You can’t choose who is in your cabin, but you do have a good say in what you want your cabin to be like. We’ll get more into that on a later post, though.

Today we’re going to discuss what to write for Camp NaNo next month.

Another twist with camp is that you have a lot more freedom–for lack of a better word–in what you want to write. For NaNo in November you write 50,000 words of a novel. Some people don’t follow this rule in which they’re called “NaNo Rebels,” but there’s nothing wrong with that. For camp, you have a lot of flexibility for what you want to write.

For starters, you can pick your own word count. The default is 50,000 words, but you can choose 100,000, 75,000, 10,000, even 123,456 if you so wish. If you think you’re able to hit 123,456 words in 30 days, then go for it! Me? I tend to stick with the 50,000 word count. I’ve done it before so I know I can do it again. Despite that being my goal, I always trying to get a bit higher than that.

You can also pick the category. In November, you’re “supposed” to write a novel. As stated earlier, not everyone does that and that’s okay. With Camp, you actually have the option to do a novel or something else.

You can choose:

–Novel
–Nonfiction
–Poetry
–Revision
–Script
–Short Stories

I don’t understand how some people revise for NaNo, but I know it has been done before. I’m sure writing 50,000 words of poetry would be a challenge, too–but think of all the poems you’d get out of it. I’ve written short stories before (for November NaNo in 2014) and it made for a good variety. I came up with many new ideas.

The script was added because April used to be Script Frenzy. It was a sister site of NaNo where you wrote 100 pages of a script during the month of April. I did it for two years before it closed.

With the different categories and the flexibility of word count in mind, do you know what you’re going to write for Camp NaNo next month?

29 more days until it begins.

Be sure to check out my profile on the Camp NaNo site and also add me as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo website!