Poll Results: What Will I Write For July’s Camp NaNoWriMo?

July Camp NaNoWriMo Poll Results Rachel Poli

In my May Wrap Up post, I asked you guys what I should write for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session.

I included a fantasy novel, a romance novel, and a general young adult novel. All three are projects that I have worked on before, so I will just be adding 50,000 words to the novel.

The fantasy novel, Hunter, was what I wrote for Camp in July 2015. I also did a poll for that and Hunter won. I wrote 50,000 words, but never finished the story.

I included two other novels that I started. Neither one of them was for Camp or the November NaNoWriMo, so neither one of them is 50,000 words into the story. I think one is about 20k words in and the other is about 11k words in.

I always try to start a new project for any NaNo session, but I have so many novels that I’ve started and never finished that I thought I should be a “rebel” and work on something I’ve already started.

Hunter was my first choice, but I still wanted to include a poll to see what you guys thought. I couldn’t choose which two other novels to include, so Kris chose for me: Far Away and The Blank Page. I have to admit, I got in the mood to write The Blank Page again after re-reading some of what I wrote. There’s some funny stuff in there!

Anyway, with that long intro out of the way, here are the results:

For the second year in a row, Hunter is the winner! I will be adding another 50,000 words to the already 50k-word novel.

On the first day of the poll, Hunter was winning by a landslide. Then The Blank Page caught up and was actually winning by one or two off and on. Then they were both tied for a couple of days, both their votes going up at once. In the end, Hunter pulled through.

Thank you to everyone who voted! I really appreciate the help. Since it won two years in a row I can only hope that when the novel gets published (though probably not for a while) you guys will be thrilled and want to read it!

I’ve started a read through of what I have so far and have been making an outline of what I have so far. Then I’ll try to outline the rest of the novel for July.

The outlining shouldn’t be too bad. I already know how the novel is going to end. To be honest, this draft of the novel is actually a rewrite. I wrote this novel back in 2011, but the first draft, as always, wasn’t very good. This version is more or less the same as the original, but still vastly different.

I’m excited to dive back into the manuscript. I’ll still be working on my detective series in the meantime, but it’ll be a nice change of pace to work on something else and a new genre at that.

July will be here before we know it. Do you know what you’re writing yet? Are you planning your novel or not?

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And The Winner Is…

I received 19 votes on last week’s poll, What Should I Write for Camp NaNo. I have to say that the results were kind of close. All three novels were tied up for most of the race (which was why I spammed my social media accounts for more votes).

In the end, one did pull ahead and actually stayed in first for a while. The winner is…



The picture might be a bit hard to read, but Hunter came in first with 9 votes. Cybertra and A Job To Get Done both came in second with 5 votes each.

I have so many novels that I’ve started and never finished because new ideas always pop up in my head. These are only three of the many novels that are half-finished.

A Job To Get Done was started a long time ago at a writing session with my sister at Barnes & Noble. I forget how the idea came to me, but it was spur the moment as I couldn’t decide what to write that day. I did write it for Camp NaNo one year, but didn’t get too far. The novel only has seven pages written.

Cybertra was a novel inspired by Iron Man. I decided to write that for Camp NaNo one year and never finished. The novel has 97 pages written.

Hunter was yet another Camp NaNo novel (trust me–I didn’t think of that when I put them in the poll together… I only knew they were all started and never finished. I remembered I wrote Cybertra for Camp, but not the other two). Believe it or not, I never finished that one, either.

However, Hunter is actually already completed. It was the second novel I ever wrote and finished at 221 pages. I started writing the sequel shortly after completing only the first two chapters before I came up with the idea for George Florence.

A few people mentioned they didn’t agree with me writing Hunter because then I would be writing two series at once. I agree with that, but I need a change of pace (no offense, George!) and need to write something different. I think a month is a good enough break.

I’ve edited Hunter a few times and while editing the most recent draft I realized it needed some serious rewriting. So, that’s just what I’m going to do for Camp.

Despite it being part of a series, you guys actually picked the “easiest” one for me to write. Wish me luck!

I hope you all know what you’re writing for Camp; we have about 20 more days.

Thanks to all those who voted! I think it’ll be a great camp session!