Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

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Hey guys, I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again this year! I have an idea I was trying to work on last year for NaNoWriMo in November, I think, but I’m deciding to revisit it because I never got farther than about 500 words into the first chapter.

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

With that being said, here are some of the basics of what my story is going to be about this time:

Word Count Goal: 10,000 words

I hope to reach 10,000 words by the end of the month. Of course, I know my story is going to be much more than 10k words, but I am out of practice with writing, so I want to give myself an easier pace and an easier time with really focusing on the story and not rushing just to reach the 50k goal.

This means I only have to write 333-334 words per day every day this month to reach that goal. Considering I can very easily write 1,000 words in a half hour if I’m on a roll and really excited for the chapter I’m writing? Yeah, it’ll be easy. I hope.

Rough Synopsis:

Mahlia is unknown. She blends in with the crowd as much as possible and tries to just go through her day to day life without bothering anyone. But she has a secret that she can’t make known unless she wants to forfeit not only this life that she’s made, but also her freedom. If she keeps this secret any longer, though, it may just consume her – body and soul.

Vex is the third prince in line for the throne, and as such he gets away with pretty much whatever he can. As he was forced to choose between priesthood and the military, he decides to join the royal army alongside his second eldest brother. Fire courses through his veins just as it does through his second brother and his mother, but his magic is stronger, different, and one that could ignite a change he hadn’t expected.

In a world where elemental magic is abundant, the threat of war is upon the country of Arkin from their neighbors across the sea – Nyrrin, who craves their lands and their very prosperous resources. But these once comrades of Arkin come with weapons unlike that which Arkin has ever seen, and it could change the outcome of the war for the worse for Arkin.

I know this doesn’t give a lot of information, but I’m still working on it haha!

I also have a Pinterest Board that shows the kind of feel and aesthetic I’m going for with this story.

So there you have it! I hope I’m successful this time around because I really want to get back into writing and creating again. I want to work on an outline before the start of the month, so I hope I’ll be able to get that done before the first (not that I’ll be able to work on it because I’ll be busy and gone all day since it’s Easter and have plans already).

Let’s Chat! ^w^

Are you participating in Camp NaNo this month? Even if you’re not, do you have any writing projects you’re working on? Are you trying to write more character-driven stories, or more plot-driven? Tell me all about what you’re writing!

Camp NaNoWriMo: July Edition

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It’s that time again! It’s actually going to be my first time ever participating during the summer session of Camp NaNoWriMo, so I’m pretty pumped about it.

If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, it’s a more relaxed version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in which the goal for NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in one month. NaNoWriMo takes place every year in the month of November, but Camp NaNoWriMo takes place in both April and June of each year. The only thing is is that the goal for Camp is set from 10,000 to 999,999 words. So you have a much broader range in which to write!

Check out their FAQs for any questions you might have.

So I’m going to be doing a totally different story for this session and I’m going to also be writing for a smaller word count goal. I’m doing this partially because I don’t want to overdo myself like I did last session, but also because I feel that this goal is very attainable. So here’s the stats:

Word Count Goal: 15,000 words

Average Words Per Day: 484 words to meet my goal by the end of the month.

Synopsis:

Celezar is a soldier in his father’s army, a strong warrior who was brought up to hate Dragons and to fight against them for the kingdom. But he never really believed in what his father said about Dragons to be true, but he also does not want to disappoint the only family he has in the world. His heart is for the people and he would rather help and heal them than slay a Dragon.

Talia is a Firedrake and she has always been told that her destiny is to “bring a new world from the ashes of the old,” but all she wants is to become a scholar and read books – mountains of them – and to educate the world about Dragons. As the daughter of the Dragon Lord, though, she always knew that her place would be among the court, not traveling the world to learn as much as she can.

As the war in the kingdom wages on, Talia and Celezar must do what is in their power to stop either side from wiping out the other. But can they do it alone, or will they have to rely on each other – and others – in order to do so?

I’m pretty pumped because I love dragons and I want to write my own version of them. I’ve already talked a little bit about Celezar’s childhood and who he is, but I’ll talk a little bit more about each of my characters in my weekly recaps for the month. Also each week I’ll talk a little bit about writing, my writing progress, and any tips and tricks I may have.

If you want to check out my progress and add me as a friend, you can check out my profile!

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Do you plan on participating? What is your story about? How do you feel about dragons? What is your word count goal?

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4 Recap & Wrap Up

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Well, this month was very difficult for me to get into my writing mojo, but I started several projects, wrote more for some over others, so I’m interested to see if I’ll continue with any of them.

Goal

50,000 words total by the end of April 30th.

That’s the equivalent to a 200-225 page book. So my average daily word count goal to reach my main goal is to write 1,667 words per day.

Stats for Week 4

Day 23: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 24: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 25: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 26: 2,617 words for a total of 20,890 words
Day 27: 1,397 words for a total of 22,287 words
Day 28: 0 words for a total of 22,287 words
Day 29: 395 words for a total of 22,682 words
Day 30: 0 words for a total of 22,682 words

This Week’s Advice: Don’t Feel Rushed or Pressured to Write

I think this is an extremely important point to remember when writing: don’t feel rushed or pressured to finish in a certain amount of time (unless you’re on deadline, then good luck to you!). When writing for a competition like this (even though it’s not really a competition), it can get overwhelming to write a certain amount of words in a month if you’ve never done so before.

If you’re like me and a lot of other people, you’ll expect perfection and everything to flow smoothly your first go around, and that’s just not the case. Even seasoned writers and well known authors don’t even have that luck. I think it’s fairly common to get into the mindset that your writing is the best or maybe it’s not good enough, and you end up comparing yourself to another writer.

Stop that. Because there will always be someone better than you, but you have to remember: what you do is your best at this moment. You can, and will, get better with time and practice.

This past month I’ve barely written anything toward my goal. Well, okay, I’m a little over half way to my goal, but if I had actually written the past two weeks instead of derping around then maybe I would have actually reached that goal this month. But the reality is that I struggled a lot with my original idea, I wrote three or four other things before finding one that I really enjoyed writing, and even that changed in front of my eyes as I wrote it and got to know my characters more.

But there’s something important that I realized while I was writing this new idea: I can’t rush it.

I want to take my time to get to know my characters, to learn who they are, what they like and don’t like, what their mannerisms are, their backstories. And I can only learn that by writing them out and letting them lead where the story needs to go. I can only interfere so much before I know that something isn’t working and my characters take the lead again.

Writing isn’t about rushing or having the most perfect piece of work ever, but it’s a slow process of learning your characters, your story, and most importantly, yourself as a writer. Keep your chin up, fellow writers, because even though Camp NaNoWriMo happens twice a year and NaNoWriMo happens once a year doesn’t mean you can’t write throughout the entire year.

Take the time to slow down, reflect on what you’ve written, and keep going because YOU created that new piece of art. YOU created something only YOU can tell. And that’s the most important part.

Wrap Up

So this last month was less than stellar for my writing, but I still made progress on several stories, so that’s really what matters.

My ending total: 22,682 words

My Goal: 50,000 words

If I had stuck to it I definitely could have reached my goal, but life and other things got in the way, unfortunately. I still had fun and will probably participate again.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

How was your writing month? Did the words flow or did you struggle like me? Did you find out anything new about your characters when you were writing that you weren’t expecting? Let me know!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3 Recap

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Oh hey, I forgot to post this yesterday, hahaha… And this week had a lot of nonexistent writing. And by nonexistent, I mean I wrote ONE DAY. That was it. This Camp NaNoWriMo I’m really struggling to get anything written, so I don’t know if I’m just going to stop altogether or try to get something done. Maybe if I hit 20,000 words I’ll stop, but we’ll see.

Goal

50,000 words total by the end of April 30th.

That’s the equivalent to a 200-225 page book. So my average daily word count goal to reach my main goal is to write 1,667 words per day.

Stats for Week 3

Day 16: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 17: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 18: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 19: 0 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 20: 613 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 21: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words
Day 22: 0 words for a total of 18,273 words

*I’m not including today, April 23rd, as the day is not over yet. Today’s word count will be in next week’s recap.

This Week’s Advice: Keep Going!

I might sound hypocritical here given my own progress, but if you’ve come this far this month in your writing then keep going! We’re almost to the end and your goal may seem far away (like mine), but you can do it! Even if you don’t reach your primary goal, strive to reach a smaller one.

You really wanted to get to a specific scene that you were building up to? Write it. You’ve got your beginning and ending down, but the middle seems kind of funky? Write an imaginary one as filler. Play around and experiment and see what kinds of things you can come up with because even if you can’t reach your goal you’ve still made progress this month and you should be proud of yourself!

This week was a rough one for me and I don’t know that I’m going to keep writing, but I’m going to see what happens.

How was your third week? Have you hit a lull or given up? Or have you soared higher than anything your expected? Let me know!

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 Recap

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Honestly this week was a real struggle in my personal life so I didn’t make much time to write at all this week. I did, however, change what I was writing to something different because I had been struggling with what I was writing. And then I struggled again and got myself stuck.

Goal

50,000 words total by the end of April 30th.

That’s the equivalent to a 200-225 page book. So my average daily word count goal to reach my main goal is to write 1,667 words per day.

Stats for Week 2

Day 9: 2,096 words for a total of 15,904 words
Day 10: 1,211 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 11: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 12: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 13: 0 words for a total of 17,115 words
Day 14: 545 words for a total of 17,660 words
Day 15: 0 words for a total of 17.660

*I’m not including today, April 16th, as the day is not over yet. Today’s word count will be in next week’s recap.

This Week’s Advice: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

I found myself struggling since I started this month with writing my story for Camp. I found it extremely hard to get into the mode of writing, especially from my characters’ points of view because they just weren’t flowing correctly. I rewrote several chapters and exceeded the word count in each of the previous ones so I wouldn’t lose any words for Camp, and even though I felt the new chapters flowed much better and that they resembled who I wanted the characters to be a lot more, I still found myself struggling every single time I wrote.

So, I decided to make a change.

I kept all of my words, therefore keeping my word count, but I changed my story completely. Where before I was writing a YA/NA fantasy story about a thief and a magician, now I’m writing a YA/NA contemporary about a girl movie blogger and a guy who’s wicked into movies, too, but has a few quirks.

And let me tell you something: the words flowed so much easier than before.

I wrote over 2,000 words for the first chapter of this new story and found that even if it wasn’t perfect (because what first draft ever is), I still had fun doing it, and I think that’s the key here: having fun.

If you’re like me then you probably had your heart set out for something that you really wanted to write because you love the genre or the idea of the story or one specific character, but maybe it’s just not the time for you to tell that story yet if you find yourself struggling as much as I did.

So take the chance, make a change (and breakawaaaaayyy). Change up the plot, the characters, write a whole new story in a completely different genre than what you were expecting to. That just might help you find those creative juices you were looking for.

I hope the second week of Camp NaNoWriMo has been treating you well and that you find you’re really getting to know not only your characters, but the world they’re in and their situations a lot better.

Do you find that you’re stuck and struggling with what you’ve been writing? How far have you gotten in your story toward your goal? Do you have to start over with a new genre? Let me know!