Thursday, June 25, 2015

In Which I Announce My Intentions For Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015 Edition

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Yes, it's that time of year again. Yes, I do three versions of NaNoWriMo a year. Yes this is my fifth time and yes I am excited.

It's Camp time! Yaaaaaayyy! Everyone go crazy(actually I'll go crazy enough for all of us!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(side note: NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.

NaNoWrioMo takes place every November and it's where you commit yourself to writing and try to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month! Camp NaNo takes place in April and July with a few key differences. First of all, you get to custom set your goal, you don't have write novel, you don't have to write 50,000 words, you can write more, you can write less, you can edit, you can basically do whatever you want. There's also virtual cabins! Where you can choose to be paired up with other writers either by age group or people writing similar things as you and so on and so forth.)

I know what you're thinking; But didn't you just do Camp NaNoWriMo and write 74,277 words???? Yes, yes I did. But...I love camp NaNo! Back in April, I was in the middle of moving, and my brother had just had surgery(which he's fully recovered from and just got the last of the metal out of his mouth!) and lots was going on, plus I was in a sadly inactive cabin which equals lots of stress and less fun so I have to do it in July! Plus, it's me, I was never going to not do it!

So let's get down to the details shall we?

My goal:

Last Camp I set my goal as 30,000 because I knew I wouldn't have a ton of time, obviously I ended up having more time than I thought. I not only beat that goal but if the goal was my opponent in a race, I lapped it like three times.

Last July my goal was 65,000 and I wrote 101,547, hehe, that was my first 100k and I'm still so proud of it. I even did a 50k week, which if you don't know, the main goal in a normal NaNo session is to write 50k in the whole month because that's the average number of words in a novel, so I did that in seven days, and it was so much fun!

Last November for regular NaNo, the goal was obviously 50k and I wrote 99,881 words.

So, I wanted to beat my record for this July, but I decided starting out I didn't want to set out to kill myself with too high of a word count goal. I also want to try to squeeze in two 50k weeks, but that's...daunting and I'm waiting to see how the month goes to commit to that. So my goal is simply 100k. I have basically nothing to do next month except write and I've been working on a writing schedule which involves sleeping only four hours at night but then another four during the day to help maximize my most productive times of the day and yes, I'm crazy. Plus my brother helped me by getting me slightly hooked on video games(I've only before ever really played two player games with him) and that's a really good way to take a short break and come back to writing, pumped to get those words done. Anyway, I'm rambling.

What am I Writing???

Well, I kind of actually know this time. I'm notorious for not being able to pick a project when it comes to Camp, I always have my November project picked out months ahead of time, I struggle with Camp.

So I am currently in the middle of rewriting my November project, I edited and revised it like four times and then realized there was this one big thing it needed more of, a plot. So I'm hoping to at least have most of that, if not all, finished by July 1st. So if that's not done then I will start camp by finishing that and it might derail a little bit of the rest of my plans.

So, 100k is a little much for one book, though my November project is that long. So I have two ideas picked out, but considering I just decided on one and put off another, they are likely to change, also I haven't started outlining which is bad because I outline a lot and it takes a while and I'm lost without an outline. Like I once spent four hours straight outlining characters! It takes forever, but I can't change my process!

Project #1 is temporarily titled Goth Girl and I love love love the title and the story and the main character, who in my mind is a major badass. It's young adult contemporary which is kind of my niche at the moment, and it will follow Rylie Jane, a seventeen-year-old girl with major issues. It has a revenge plot, a former tormentor love interest, and a fear of the second floor of her house which is something I'm excited to build on.

Project #2 is temporarily titled My Fictional Boyfriend In Real Life and follows Jo Morgan, a sixteen-year-old bookworm who dreams of becoming an editor at a big publishing house. She has her own problems. Her uncle is a producer who's working on the movie adaption of Jo's favorite book(as yet to be named) and Jo's ex-best friend has landed the role of the main character, aka, Jo's book boyfriend. It's a fluffy contemporary that also deals with mental illness and other not so fun things.

Tell me your plans for next month! Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo, going on a fun vacation or living vicariously through books? Tell me, tell me, tell me!

Links! Some links to my old NaNo posts, hopefully you can find some inspiration!

November 2013 NaNo Posts


  1. I want to join NaNo this July, but my school starts on the 6th and I usually go home at 5 PM from school. Then I do homework or write blog posts, which I sometimes finish around 8 PM. Gosh, I want to join the session, but my brain would probably be fried from writing homework, blog posts, and a novel simultaneously. BUT I WILL TRY. I think I have a story in my mind! :D I failed my last NaNo session with only 11K words, simply because words began to swim around while I was typing up my novel, and I got so dizzy that I couldn't look at a computer screen for a while. Haha ^_^" But hey, I think I'll still give it a go! I'm going to go for a very low word count, probably 20K so I won't get too overwhelmed. And let's be cabin mates! My cabin mates last time were so boring :(

    Anyway, I admire you for being able to write 100K in one month! Seriously, that is CRAZY. You should teach me your ways. :D Good luck with your projects, and let me know if we can be cabin matesssss.

    1. First of all, boo! School is always just getting in the way of everything, isn't it? =) But, I seriously commend you for trying, I've actually never really done NaNo when I've had a lot of stuff going on except for in April when I ended up having more time that I thought I would. I totally understand the computer sickness thing, I actually have to take travel sickness pills sometimes because my head does that. I've just gotten used to it because I'm on my computer ALL THE TIME, probably an unhealthy amount of time actually...

      It's always best to set a lower goal(I say as I set an unreasonably high one) then there's less pressure and you usually end up writing more actually. =) Mine were boring too! And it was disappointing because last July I had such good cabin mates! I'd love to be cabin mates! (I DM'd you on twitter just let me know your username and I'll invite you to a cabin, then we'll at least have each other for company!).

      Haha. My ways involve lots of practice, having nothing else to do that month, and soooo much COFFEE. I know, sometimes I still can't believe I can do that, like, it took me five months to write my first novel, and I barely won my first NaNo, when did I learn to write so fast? Haha. Honestly, it also has a lot to do with how much I outline... Trust me, if we become cabinmates you'll see the crazy that is me hyped up on five cups of coffee to write that much. =) And again, it's that much while writing basically 24/7. =)

  2. GAH I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL HAVE TIME. I seem like I never have time for anything anymore, sadly.

    Your two projects sound like fun. I'm confused, these aren't the ones you're working on for camp? OH WAIT they are two ideas ok ok got it. Man, I'm jealous you're doing this to be honest. I'M SUPER JEALOUS OF YOUR WRITING SKILLS. Wow I'm gonna tweet that hahah). Ok anyways, I wish you the VERY BEST OF LUCK. I think I'm going to live "vivaciously" through you as you forge ahead on your writing projects aka CAMP NANO.

  3. I am not big on creative writing unless it's lifestyle blogging or product reviewing but I love to read :D good luck on your goals!