Before Camp Nanowrimo Jitters

Posted June 29, 2015 by Carlisa in #AmWriting, Let's Talk / 3 Comments

camp nanowrimoOkay guys. Let’s get real. In two days is the first of July. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS? It means Camp Nanowrimo is starting and I’m attempting it and I’m so nervous/excited/I-don’t-know-what-the-heck-I’m-feeling.

For all of you that don’t know Nanowrimo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and actually takes place in November. That’s when the official Nanowrimo sesh is. But in April and July, they have a fun little Camp Nanowrimo that is the same thing just less pressure. You choose the word count (as opposed to the 50,000 word count in  November) and it’s summer, so…woohoo!

But I’m attempting this. I made my word count goal 20,000…so not the entire 50. But I am so nervous. And I’m kind of going into this blind. I’ve talked to people who plan things out very extensively before they start writing…and, so far, I can’t do that. If I start planning, I just want to start writing. So I just feel as if I explore what’s going on while I’m writing. Which isn’t necessarily the best idea…but, hey, that’s what editing is for! I mean, I have a plot idea. Just not every detail.

And, guys. Some amazing books are products of Nanowrimo. Liiiiiike, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Or The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Or Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. Or even Cinder by Marissa Meyer. THIS IS SERIOUS, PEOPLE. And of course, my book is not going to be amazing. It’ll likely be crap. But I want to develop the habit of writing. Because I love to write, but I never, ever, ever ever ever ever make the time. So I’m going to force myself.

And I’m writing this here post to kind of make myself accountable. All of you guys reading this now know I’m about to start, so yeah. If I didn’t tell anyone and I ended up giving up, I would just pretend it never happened…but now, that’s not the case. KEEP ME ACCOUNTABLE PEOPLE. And obviously I might not be able to write everyday. I’m going on a camping trip in two weeks where I’ll be computerless for two days. So that’s one time I won’t be. Maybe I’ll bring a notebook. I don’t know.

But anyways, I’ve been Pinteresting a lot, trying to find tips and tricks…but I want to hear from people who have done it or people who have tried. What tips and tricks worked for you? What helped you get though Nanowrimo? And what didn’t? What would you do differently? I want to hear. Because I’m going to struggle. And I’m going to want to give up.

So help a sister out. Please.


  • Brianna

    Nanowrimo is always fun 😀 I only won once though xP and that was 50,000 word one. I’m participating this July and I hope I meet my goal of 20,000 xP I think you’ll do fine as long as you write every day. If you miss a day then write more the next day or before that, if you write more than you have to (to meet your word goal) then you’ll do fine! Good luck! ^^

    • Thanks for the support! I hope I can do it! And congratulations on the 50,000! That’s so awesome and impressive.

  • Teisha McRae

    I’m doing Camp Nanowrimo, too! And, it’s my first time so I have no idea what to expect. I had actually nearly forgotten that it started tomorrow until I got that little reminder email in my inbox. And, I have to start writing tonight at 12am, so I am ill prepared. I’ve been using Pinterest lately as well. I follow a lot of my favorite authors on there (such as Sarah J. Maas), and have followed their model of creating Story Inspiration boards. I also browsed DeviantArt to help create those inspiration boards! It is incredibly helpful to have some kind of visual representation of the story and world you have in your head. We should keep in touch and keep each other motivated! You can email me at mcraeteisha@gmail.com if interested! Good luck, girl! 🙂