Camp NaNoWriMo? What? Again? HOW IS IT APRIL ALREADY? // Resources and stuff

I have so many blog posts I’m meaning to do, so many books to talk about, so many things to report on — but none of that matters right now. Because it’s April 1st, and while most of the world is flinching as they open dodgy links on twitter, terrified they’re about to be pranked with a screamer, a whole excited bouncing bunch of us are cracking our knuckles and sharpening our pencils — because today is April 1st, the first day of the first 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Me, trying to write during Camp

Camp NaNoWriMo is a summer camp version of November’s NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write every single day for a month and potentially churn out 50,000 words. For Camp NaNo, you don’t have to try for 50,000 words. You don’t have to write a new book, if you don’t want to. You can write for or edit an existing book, devote your word count to blog posts or screenplays — Camp NaNoWriMo is a wide open campground full of trees to climb, lakes to swim across, fires to sing around, and s’mores to gobble up. Whatever you want to do with your time at camp, you can do it.


Every single Camper at some point during April. DON’T WORRY. YOU’LL GET A SECOND (OR THIRD, OR FOURTH) WIND!

As for me, I think I’ll be working on Book 5 of my WIP fantasy series with this camp — it needs some rewrites and restructuring, and this is a perfect time to keep myself focused and motivated. However, every single NaNoWriMo I’ve done to date has suddenly switched gears a week or two in, and left me working on something completely different than when I started — SO WHO EVEN KNOWS. I’ve done daily updates in the past, but this time I might stick to weekly ones. ~ Stay tuned! ~

I don’t want to leave you guys standing at the doors to camp with only your sleeping bags and a vague sense of unease, so, if you’ve decided to join us in our lunacy, here are some great links to get you started:

NaNoWordSprints — Twitter wordsprints will SAVE YOUR LIFE during any iteration of NaNoWriMo. Keeps you focused, keeps your fingers moving, and gets you connected and socializing with other writers. DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS VALUABLE, AWESOME, FUN RESOURCE.

Other wordsprint twitters: GetWordies, FriNiWrites, TheSprintShack

Your Essential Camp Resources at (you may have to be logged in to view this page.)

A 100% Awesome, 100% Thorough Guide to NaNoWriMo 2013 — It may be for 2013, but still contains a bunch of really great links.

In fact, just check out the NaNoWriMo blog, lots of great advice.

From the Blog:

Countdown to NanoWriMo: A Survival Kit with links to writing apps, tumblrs, and books of great use!

To Plot or To Pants? Do you go into writing a book with a solid plot in mind, or with only the fire of your own creativity to light the way? Here are a few resources for either mindset.

So, there you have it. It’s April 1st and the tents are getting pitched, the campfires lit, the mosquitos sprayed away — Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? How PSYCHED are you? (Or, alternatively, how intimidated and preemptively sure of your own failure? DON’T WORRY, YOU’LL DO FINE.) Leave me a comment, and follow me on twitter for more updates throughout the month!)

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4 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo? What? Again? HOW IS IT APRIL ALREADY? // Resources and stuff

  1. I’m not doing Camp this time (I need a writing break… burnout. :P) but I did it both times last year and the year before… This post was absolutely awesome! 😀 I especially love the first paragraph. XD Best of luck with your Camping! YOU CAN DO IT! Go out there and be awesome, regardless of what book you end up working on! 😉

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    1. DAWWW, thank you! (I actually needed this comment, I’ve been procrastinating all morning.) I can totally relate to getting burnt out — after this last year’s November’s NaNo, every word I wrote in December felt like I was trying o chisel it into concrete. Sometimes we need to take a mental break!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Cait

    You’re working on a 5th book in a series?! OKAY LET ME JUST SAY; GOOD LUCK AND YOU ARE AMAZING. XDXD I wrote a 6 book fantasy series ones, and geesh, I love it SO MUCH but by the time I was getting to those last books, it was sooo hard to keep track of the plots and characters and everything. The struggles are huge! So best of luck! *sneaks you writerly encouragement chocolate* And I hope Camp ROCKS. I was going to do it, but I feel notoriously stuck with my writing at the moment. I’m planning to join in in June/July…whenever the next camp is 😉
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!


    1. *snatches up that chocolate* Why, THANK YOU. And yes, writing a huge series is overwhelming and intimidating and REALLY JUST A SILLY, INADVISABLE THING TO DO. Mine’s a six book series, like yours. It’s sooo hard, because I’m still discovering things for the story as I write the later books, which means I have to go back to earlier books and edit things out or add them in — ideas come so fast and you forget old ones as you’re expanding on new ones; it’s like your brain is a broken faucet spewing out water, and writing the story is you scrambling catch the gushing water with your hands. AKA: a nightmare.

      BUT ANYWAY. Camp is going ooookay for me. I need to get off the internet and get back to writing. I hope you do join the next Camp!!


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