Camp NaNo Wrap Up



I manged to reach my own target, which was to finish the basic editing on my current WIP. I’ve still got a little bit more to do — another round of searching out filter words, typos etc. but the draft is very nearly done.

My word count’s currently hanging at 68,100. Pretty low for the type of story I think, but it leaves space to add more depth after I send out to my CPs and beta readers.

I didn’t manage to get any planning for my next project, but that was only a bonus, unofficial goal anyway.

My cabin was pretty quiet, but not completely dead. It seemed like the four or five of us that used the chatroom were all in the same place, running to keep up. I didn’t want to volunteer for a really active cabin because I think word wars etc, might stress me out, but I think I’ll aim for a little more discussion next time around.

How did you get on with NaNo this month? Did you hit your goal, if not, how did you do?


Camp NaNo: Survival Kit

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Camp NaNoWriMo is running this month. I find Camp more relaxing than November, getting to set your own goal and chat to cabinmates. I’ve got my cabin sorted, and they look like a great bunch and I know what I’ll be working on—finishing my current draft and maybe planning a future project.

NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Writing materials: I get ideas down better by handwriting with pen and paper (probably because I’m less distracted) but love using Scrivener to write it up because it makes organising my higgledy-piggledy writing easier.

Coffee and coffee shops: Coffee for the caffine, and the shop because I get more written out there, than with all the distractions of home.

Internet: Either my laptop or phone. for researching/ planning and chatting to cabinmates. I get so easily distracted from writing though that this can be a problem.

Snacks, Pepsi and more coffee.

Post-it Notes: More for planning than writing. I love Post-its for writing (and at my day job actually) and I use then to add new ideas in or to move things around. I guess I could also put ‘wall space’ here since thats where I arrange them all.


Are you do NaNo this month? What are your goals and projects? Do you lik the Camp cabin system?



Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 20,164


  • I was still super distracted, and finding it much harder to just sit down and write. My word-count speed just kept getting slower and every sentence was an effort.

  • I decided that since it was another idea that was taking up my thoughts, to just write some the scenes that were in my head for that and reached my target!

  • I don’t have a finished project which is a little disappointing but I’m really pleased I made my word-count goal and it was a really good experience.

  • If I want to do ‘real’ NaNo in November, I know I’ll need to plan in a lot more detail (I thought I’d done so well with planning when I started) and work on my self-motivation, I’m too easily distracted and prone to procrastination.

  • I did learn that I find writing much easier by hand and away from the distractions of home.

How did everyone else do with this months Camp NaNo?



Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 17,080

Remaining to Goal: 2,920

  • I decided not to up my word goal, I’ve been slacking this week and have a wedding next so I’m keeping it realistic. The story’s nowhere near finished but that’s the upside of camp I guess, I’ll still feel like I’ve achieved something if I just reach my target.

  • I skipped the scenes I was struggling with, now I’ve got them left to write * sob* The more complicated plot points are still a little fuzzy and I really need to focus and pin them down. My dialogue and action scenes also need a good bit of development and polish.

  • I’ve been planning my next story instead – opps. I spent a few afternoons making dreamcasts of character and writing out snatches of dialogue and ideas.

  • I’ve been reading instead – opps.

  • I went to visit family for a few days and just couldn’t find the time – opps. But I actually don’t regret this one.

I can totally do this. I just need to get back on track and I can make it. I refuse to miss such a low goal by so small a margin.



Camp NaNo – Week 2 Midpoint Update

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Goal: 20,000

Current Progress: 13,100

Remaining to Goal: 6,900

I had planned to make a Camp NaNo post each week, but I just couldn’t face it last week. This post is short but here’s a few things I’ve noticed while working on my Camp project.

  • My story has grown legs. Each plot-hole I fill seems to led to three more and along the way new characters, species and plot-lines have snuck their way in. I originally planned to write something novella length but now I think it’ll turn out closer to a regular novel. I’m keeping my word count goal as it is though and if I don’t finish I’ll continue it after camp.
  • I write in stops and starts and struggle to get a consistent daily word-count. I also have to ‘watch’ a scene fully before I can write it and sometimes this can mean sitting for ages with my eyes closed waiting for things to make sense.
  • I’ve been using the using the Extreme Harry Potter Word Crawl to keep me going when I’m struggling and I love it. It’s like playing a game which really motivates me. At the moment I’m about halfway through Chamber of Secrets.
  • I went out for coffee today and got one of my actions scenes written. I’m proud of myself because I find them challenging to keep everything making sense and keep track of everyone. I also find writing natural sound dialogue hard and managed a few conversations today which is good too. I find it odd that so many people seem to love writing both these things. Which parts are you finding the most challenging to write?