Camp NaNoWriMo 2019

It’s that time of year again friends when I say I’m going to do the thing and then fail horribly!


I’m determined this year to write the hell out of my novel for Camp and I’m going to DO IT, DAMMIT. No more excuses. No more games. I’m going to write this novel if it’s the last thing I do!

Okay, now that I got that out of the way, let’s talk writing and such!

First of all, what is Camp NaNoWriMo? Camp NaNoWriMo takes place every April and July and is a more relaxed (or stressful) version of NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month) takes place every November where the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, but Camp NaNo allows you to set your own word count goal on their website, so if you just want to write a short 5,000 word story, go for it! If you want to be ambitious and hit 100,000 words, go for it! It’s a fun, community type of event that focuses on writing and creativity.

What am I writing this year?

The same thing I began working on last year but didn’t get farther than just over 1,600 words. Its working title is called “Dark & Burning” and I really like my concept of elemental magic, mental illness, love, friendship, family, and the balances between light and dark.

Here’s the 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.

The synopsis will probably change as time goes on and I write more of the story, but for now that’s what I’ve got.

As of the time of writing this post, I’ve actually written a decent amount since my first attempt at this storyline. I’ve been slowly working on bits and pieces, scenes and chapters as they’ve come to me, so right now I have 15,423 words written. That’s, uh, way more than I thought??? When did I write this much???

Of course I’m going to use this number towards my 50,000 word goal for Camp. Why should I knock my own progress just because I started before the event itself? I’m not going to do that, but I’m also not going to stop myself just because I might reach that goal, you know?

The Stats

There’s a bit of stats that go into Camp and NaNo every year, so let’s break it down:

  • To reach my 50k goal I’ll need to write 1,667 words per day during the month.
  • Since I’ve written 15,423 words, to reach the 50k goal I only need 34,577 words.
  • BUT because I’m allowing my novel to flow for however long it needs to be to be told until I’m satisfied, I’m still aiming to reach 50k NEW words written for the month. So that means that if I write anything more between now and next week, then I’m still aiming to write 50k new words, even if my word count total is above 20k… you get it?

Let’s break it down more into goals because why not? I’m just using this as a guideline than an obligation to stick to:

  • By the end of week one, Sunday April 7th, I want to have 12,000 new words total.
  • By the end of week two, Sunday April 14th, I want to have 24,000 new words total.
  • By the end of week three, Sunday April 21st, I want to have 36,000 new words total.
  • By the end of week four, Sunday April 28th, I want to have 48,000 new words total.
  • By the end of the month I want to have 50,000 new words total.

And to incentivize myself, I’m going to award myself small prizes for achieving said goals each week! Whether that be a treat-yo-self day, watching an episode or two of Critical Role campaign one, watching a movie, whatever, I want to give myself rewards for reaching my milestones.

The Survival Kit

Alright, well, since I’ve turned much into a “mood” reader and writer the last couple of years, I’m making a conscious decision to push that aside in order to pursue my dreams, SO, with that, let’s talk about some of the essential things I’ll want to use during Camp:

  1. Music – I’m under the firm belief that every writer needs music, whether it be pop ballads, sensual R&B, lo-fi, grunge, classical, nature sounds, whatever, I think music really helps to get into the right headspace and focus. So me, personally, I’ll listen to a lot of lo-fi playlists or fantasy music playlists that I can easily tune out to just have as background noise while I write.
  2. My very vague synopsis, character listings, and major plot points documents – I seriously wouldn’t get very far without these because, yes, I forget my own characters’ names. Whoops. I also have these as a way to remind myself of the general direction I want things to go in, but they are by no means an obligation to the story at hand. I’m a writer that likes to have the characters and world lead, even with some guidelines.
  3. Food – Okay, you know this one’s a given. I can’t write if I don’t have the energy or brain power. Food is good, and not junk food! I mean like means and veggies and stuff.
  4. The support of fellow writers, my husband, and friends and family – Now, I’m not usually a person super big on community. I prefer to be alone in many things and in many ways, but this year I’m trying to change it up and involve people in my creative process and my creative endeavors. For example, I had an in depth discussion with my husband when we went out to dinner one night about my story and what I want to write for it, and he’s practically demanding that I write it! He’s seriously excited to read it, and not just because I’m his wife lol
  5. The USB drive to hold all of my work – ALWAYS HAVE A BACKUP. NO exceptions. If you’re going to write and work on something important, you better have a backup somewhere in case your computer decides to not turn on again one day. You never know, and then you’ll be out that hard work.
    • An alternative option to this is to write in Google Drive’s documents option where it autosaves your work. You’ll just have to remember your Google password and such if you’re bouncing from computer to computer.
  6. Forest app – This app is very cute and cool because you can grow a tree as much as you want for as long as you’re productive. It’ll yell at you to stop looking at it, but will also give you little bits of motivation. You can set your time for how long you want to be productive and not look at your phone and stuff, which is cool.

That’s it! I’m excited to start Camp next month (next week!), but I’m also excited to just have this passion back for writing again. I seriously missed it.

Let’s Chat!

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? What’s genre are you writing? Care to share a synopsis or general idea of what your story’s about? Let me know!

How I Got Into Writing

If you’ll remember a few months back, I talked about how I got into reading and how it became such a huge part of my life. Well, today’s discussion/talk/thing is going to be along the same lines as that, but about how I got into writing.

Now I’ve been into writing for a long time. But more than that, I’ve been into story making my entire life. For just about as long as I’ve been reading, I’ve also been making stories. Whether it be in my head or on paper, I always had a story to tell.

As children, we often play with toys or outside or wherever and we create stories for when we’re in those moments. Even during my playtimes I was creating, and I recognize that now, but at the time it was just play. Even when I’d play video games I would create whole other stories and scenarios from what I was playing in that moment to something completely different.

My first real writing experience that I can remember was back in the fifth grade when I was around ten or eleven years old. We had to create a story for an assignment (I don’t remember the specifics) and it had to also include pictures. So in this small, fifteen page blue booklet (if it even has that many pages), I wrote a story about how the sun came to be in the sky. I wrote about two children who were playing with a yellow and orange ball and when one of them threw it up too high, it never came back down and it stayed in the sky, creating the sun.

It was very simple, but it was my first story that I had written down. And I loved it.

Fast forward a year into sixth grade when I rekindled my friendship with a friend I hadn’t seen since kindergarten (who’s still my best friend today) and how we, along with another friend, got into manga. My first manga was Tokyo Mew Mew and it sparked a love for magical girls and Japan.

So, during one of our classes that took place in the school’s library, I began to write. And write and write. I wrote about my own magical girls in Japan (which, of course, I knew nothing of save for what could be read in manga), and I wrote a villain and a romance and friendship and it was my first real story. I wrote 19,876 words before  I stopped and, as an eleven year old, I think that’s pretty impressive.

I went on to write other short stories and poems after that, never writing as much as I had before, but still writing. I wouldn’t do it consistently, but there’d be something new every once in a while for a few years.

And then I got into role playing online. My skills in the beginning were terrible, but as I RPed more and I got more comfortable with it and learned from others, I soon developed my own RP style and would come up with stories for each of my characters. On one website that I was also an admin on at one point, I had over 50 or 60 characters, each with their own unique story, personality, etc.

I had never considered writing to be a career or where I hope my career path would go, but as I got older and was in college struggling with my majors and where I belonged, I was advised to look at my classes, my passions, and what did I find?

My best classes were writing and literature classes.

When I decided that that would be my major, I flew by with flying colors in all of my English classes. Some were more challenging than others, but then there were some that allowed me to write and create and those were my absolute favorite classes. Of course, toward the end of my college career I stopped caring as much because HELLO SENIORITIS, but I still wrote and created.

In the fall of 2014 is when I participated in my first NaNoWriMo and completed my first story over 50k words long. It was an accomplishment for me because it was a full story that I had written from beginning to end. Sure, it’s got a lot of problems and whatnot, but what first draft doesn’t?

I’ve found as I got older and went through school that I’m much better at communicating my thoughts through writing than I am verbally and I think a large part of that has to do with my creative mind and imagination.

So what’s happened since then? Well, I’ve participated in a few NaNoWriMos throughout the year and I still haven’t made much progress on anything. I blame work and life and stuff getting in the way, but if I want to make an actual living off of it, then I have no one and nothing to blame but myself for giving these excuses.

So that’s how I got into writing. I’ve always been more of a creative mind than a scientific mind, and I’m happy with that. I find that being creative is a way to relax and discover so many things about yourself and the world around you.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

Are you a writer, and if so, how did you get into writing? Were you always into writing from a young age, or did it come later in life? If you’re not a writer, then what’s stopping you? Are you even interested? What kind of writing style would you do (poetry, fiction, children’s books, etc)?

NaNaWriMo 2014 Revision Plans

I never posted this here initially, or really kept up with updates, but I did win NaNoWriMo this year with over 50k words (50,281 to be exact)! I’m very proud of myself as I won on day 29, and I wrote my butt off to catch up when I fell behind.

If you want to read a synopsis and excerpt from my novel, you can go check out my page.

So let me talk about my revision plans. I’ve got a lot of them planned, I’m just not going to get them started until the new year because my brain needs time to recuperate after all that writing and other busy things going on, plus my husband and I are going on a honeymoon to Disney World over Christmas, so… I have no time to think about my story.

Anyway, now that I’ve rambled, let me get on with my revision plans:

  • I’m going to rewrite the entire novel in first person point of view present tense from the perspective of my main female character, Dahlia, whom I connected with much more than my main guy character, Jake.
  • After that second draft (since my first NaNo draft is… my first draft) I’m going to polish it up and have several people who were interested in reading it read it.
  • Upon feedback from them, I will revise more and start looking for/querying potential literary agents who might be able to help me get my book published.
  • Yes, my ultimate goal is to get my work published, and I do love the story very much and I believe it would be a great debut novel (at least I hope). That doesn’t mean that I’m not going to grow in my writing from doing multiple drafts or anything of the like. As many people say, it’s not about getting published, it’s about the writing process.
    • What I’ve learned from it is that I missed writing. I missed being creative and spewing out as much as possible to create a feasible, entertaining story.

So my revision plans are pretty standard, I think, for any aspiring writer. I love my story and want to share it with the world. I have many other story ideas and writing plans, I just need to implement them and begin writing. No one’s going to tell those stories but me, so I may as well get on it, right?

Did you participate in NaNo this year? How did you do? What are your revision plans, if any? Let me know in the comments below!