I wanted to get an early start this time and instead of posting two days before Camp starts and post this early! (incidentally, I started this like two weeks ago and never actually finished and posted it...er...oops?)
As always this post will consist of two things:
1. Me trying to convince YOU to join me in Camp.
2. Me explaining my plans for camp NaNo
I'll probably also do a post closer to July with tips for NaNo? Who knows. We'll see!
Why should YOU join ME in Camp NaNo?
1. So you can finally write that book you've been saying you're going to write FOREVER
2. Because it's Camp NaNo and there's no PRESSURE. Afraid of a high word count goal? You can set your goal for literally ANYTHING. Write 100 words a day or less! Go for 50k (the normal NaNo goal) or half that or a quarter of that. There's no pressure just fun and writing!
3. Because we can be cabin mates, here's the list of reasons you want to be my cabin mate:
- I'm a great person (and humble)
- This will be my 8th time doing NaNoWriMo so I can give you all kinds of hints and you can trust me when I say Camp is amazing and FUN.
- I'm very good at motivational speeches and helping people feel inspired during the second-week slumps, all the way through the last grueling days of the month. I could get people to attest this.
- I know all the best scary stories to tell around the imaginary camp fire!
- Because even if you don't have a ton of time for writing it's still fun and you could find inspiration to write more than you planned or just to continue to write after the month ends and just find a love for writing in general or revamp your love for writing. We're fun people in the cabin, just saying.
- Because Christina Termini (@BooksPrejudice) and I are currently lonely in our cabin and need more awesome book lovers to join us!
4. You DON'T even have to write. Just saying, for Camp you are also allowed to edit or revise. Or write fanfiction. Literally ANYTHING.
5. Camp is a judgment free zone! No one cares if you have a low word count, or if this is your first time writing a novel. There's no competition to meet your goal the fastest, hell you don't even HAVE to meet your goal. You can lower it as the month goes or just say you don't give a fu** and write for fun without trying to meet your goal. True story, this is my 5th Camp session and every time out of a group of like 12, only three or four people met their goals but everyone has fun! And gets something written!
6. Because I asked nicely?
What am I writing?
Okay, first things first, everyone remember not to compare yourself to others during camp. Some of us are crazy and plan on writing until just...dropping.
Also, can someone check my sanity? I think I need to be like Sheldon and get checked to make sure I'm not crazy....
Okay, so I have this thing. This thing being that I have a lot of free time, in fact for July specifically I make sure I have basically nothing going on, no work, no social gatherings and basically all I do is write. The thing also being that this is my.... eighth or ninth? NaNoWriMo so many that it's getting hard to count! So um, it's not really a challenge for me anymore to write a book in a month? It is when I have other stuff going on that month but when I plan on just writing from day one, hour one, all the way to the end with barely any breaks...it's not. I NEED to be challenged. You know the whole saying like the more you do something the better you are or the more you practice or whatever, the more you write the more you write, that is TRUE!
I'm rambling. The question is, how crazy am I planning on being? Well, my goal...is 200k words. Basically, 50k a week with three extra days! Plan for my funeral on the first of August, m'kay?
WHY AM I DOING THIS? Because I get bored if I don't challenge myself and I wanted to break my record this month which is only like 130k??? But you know, if I'm going to go for it I may as well really go for it. Basically, the rest of this month is spent planning for next, okay?
Now, the thing to remember about camp, and NaNo in general, is that even though a goal may seem huge and so hard...like you have a whole month! Even with my outrageous goal it can still be broken down to writing around 6,500 words a day. WHICH is still a lot but doable. If you were to set a reasonable goal then you could get it to where you only have to write a few hundred words a day! NO PRESSURE!
I have three books planned. I'm terrified because I know myself and there's a good chance I'll end up swapping one of them out...I'm a mood writing and the month could fall apart if I decide to switch projects halfway through to something I haven't outlined because I also...I outline so freaking much. I have issues...
Details Of My NaNo Project(s):
Title: The Forgotten Name
Genre/Age Range: YA Fantasy
In one sentence: Mal creates worlds with his mind, one world anyway, the one he abandoned five years ago, the one that's dying without him. The catch? If it dies, Mal dies too.
(more about one of the characters from this one here!)
Genre/Age Range: YA...paranormal? Horror? Somewhere along those lines.
In one sentence: Cameron and Morgan are both stuck in purgatory at different times. For Cameron, there's still hope of getting back to the real world, back to his boyfriend and his crappy family. For Morgan, all she can hope is to stop the Ghost Prince from killing her and all the other souls locked in stasis.
(oops, that was more than one sentence.)
Genre/Age Range: MG Horror/adventure
In one sentence: Three kids are dared to enter the death carnival (a deathly carnival that arrives for only one night a year in the middle of San Francisco) and survive until morning.
(I'm good at these one sentence descriptions...hehe?)
Have I convinced you to join me??? Are you planning on doing Camp NaNo? DO you want to be in an epic cabin? (if yes to the cabin hit me up on Twitter!) Any fun plans for July if you aren't doing NaNo????