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Camp NaNoWriMo

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Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world embark on a strange and magical adventure called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

Is this even doable? Definitely. Is the writing any good? Probably not. Are these writers crazy? Oh, definitely.

The goal is to write 50k words, not finish a polished manuscript. Mostly it’s about the fun of writing with other crazy people attempting to do the same thing.

Sound fun? It really is. But you missed NaNoWriMo in November. Oh, no! It’s another seven months before you can throw your crazy hat into the fire.

Never fear. Enter Camp NaNoWriMo–the less intense version of NaNoWriMo. At Camp, there aren’t any set rules. You make up your goal and how you want to track it. Do you want to do the traditional 50k words on a single novel? That’s cool. Want to write one hundred poems, counting lines? Go for it. Want to revise that novel you wrote last year? Awesome. Want to go balls-to-the-wall and aim for 100k words? You rock! You can do that and more during Camp.

And if April is too busy for you, you can always try Camp in July! Yes, two camp sessions every year for your writing pleasure.

As for me, my goal is to write at least 1,000 words each day from a different prompt related to a fanfic challenge I’m doing on LiveJournal. I don’t necessarily plan to finish all of them, but want at least 1k words each. That’s 30k words during the month. With bonus kudos to me if I finish and post at least one a week.

So, anyone else ready to hop on the bus and head off to camp?

NaNoWriMo: Days 25, 26, and 27 totals

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I think I’ve pretty much given up. I’m not at all upset by this. I did a lot better than I thought I would considering being in school at the same time with five kids (and my husband still off work and driving me nuts). If I feel up to writing I might put a few more thousand in, but 30k is respectable. I’m happy.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo every day since 2005. That’s ten years. I won in 08, 09, 10, 12, and 13. I’m batting .500. Next year will be better. I’ll be done with school and have more time to plan ahead (instead of only coming up with an idea two weeks before November starts). Actually right now I want to go back and start editing the novel I wrote last February (in 2013). I had a few ideas for it but couldn’t start with November looming. Looking forward to next year.

NaNoWriMo: Day 24 totals

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So I wrote. Not as much as I wanted, but I wrote. I challenged myself to put 5,000 words in, and had the best intentions of doing so. And then my dad showed up, complaining that I spend all my time doing homework when he is around. I was forced to hang out all day with him and the kids which meant I got almost no time to write. I started that morning eager to write. By the time I got to sit in front of the computer, I was worn out and uninterested. I still managed to write 3,665 words. But it wasn’t 5,000. That brings my total up to 30,423 words. I’m extremely behind and have come to terms with the fact that I won’t win this year. I just don’t have the energy with all the writing I do for school.

I said I’d give it a go this year, and I think 30k is a pretty good number while in school. If I’d had more interest I think I could have easily pushed out 50k words along with all the short stories and essays I needed to write for school this month. I just didn’t feel like it emotionally.

NaNoWriMo: Day 22 and 23 totals

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I should have started combining days a while ago. Still no writing. Homework basically filled my day on Sunday. With Thanksgiving this week, I decided to be all studious and get a bunch done today, so I am now off to write. Apparently I need 3,128 words a day now to finish on time.

I’m challenging myself to finish 5,000 words today. Can I do it?

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 totals

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Buffy won out again, as I knew she would. I somehow crammed like eight episodes in before I crashed at 1:30am. But I have serious plans to write today. It’s been a week, and I need to catch up. I really didn’t think I’d finish this year because of school, but I haven’t even been trying. Last year I drove myself crazy and busted my butt to put words down. I can do it again this year.

Today, I also have to finish a short story for my fiction class. I’ve been having difficulties even thinking of ideas that are worthy of an upper level writing course. This week we focus on pacing. I have a rough draft, but it sucks (as usual). I think in between revising it, I’ll work on my NaNo novel. Maybe if I just keep writing it will all work out.

And if I’m a good girl, I can still get some Buffy in tonight. I have three more episodes left in season four to watch.

Word count for Friday, November 20: 27,758. No change in seven days… YAY!

NaNoWriMo: Day 20 totals

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Depression and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have done a number on my productivity. Okay, so my procrastination does a number on my productivity. I’ve been mainlining Buffy and knitting. Now it’s the weekend, and I’ve got homework backed up on top of my missing word count. Sill 27,758.

NaNoWriMo: Day 19 totals

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So this is getting kind of ridiculous, don’t you think? In my defense, the last few days were barely above functioning. Today was the first day I’ve felt like I could accomplish anything, and I spent it on homework. I haven’t really been thinking about my novel, except in how it can help me finish my assignments in my media writing class.

Should be at 33,333 by the end of today and I’m still at 27,758. Only like 5,500 words behind (including today’s count). Pffw, I was almost 9,000 behind on Saturday.

NaNoWriMo: Day 18 totals

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Do I even need to say there were no words written. See my previous post about school and my mental illness rearing it’s angry head. I’m still not that worried, though.

Word count: 27,758… still.

NaNoWriMo: Day 17 totals

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Sometimes these updates feel kind of pointless–I don’t do much writing. I wait until I get pretty far behind then do a spurt to catch up. I got up late yesterday and just kind of felt blah so did nothing. My 14yo came home from school and we got into the deep discussion about The Walking Dead that I knew we would. Then she got into a huge argument with my husband. I got sick of hearing the noise so I decided to go to dinner and took her with me so we could continue the conversation. She’s the only person in my real life I can discuss TV shows with. Trying to discuss TWD with my husband is pointless as the only thing he says is that Daryl is going to die. *big eye roll*

Anyway, after a long dinner and talking, we went shopping, and didn’t get home until 9pm. I didn’t feel much like writing so I chose to watch Buffy. I’m already halfway through season two (Jenny Calendar just died *sniffles*). I wish I had The Walking Dead on DVD so I could binge watch that.

Word count still at 17,758 and now I’m behind again. Oh well.

NaNoWriMo: Day 16 totals

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Burnt out. That is my description for yesterday. I didn’t even want to write all day. Fortunately, it wasn’t really a concern as I had a bunch of homework to catch up on which took all freaking day. I really don’t understand half of what the assignments are talking about in my one class. I get the information, just not the assignments.

After homework I watched Buffy until 1am.

Total still sitting at 27,758 which means I need 575 words to keep on target for today. Easy peasy.

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