Camp NaNoWriMo July 2019
This July, I have decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo.
I’m guessing if you’re here, then you’re familiar with NaNoWriMo, but if not – NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November and it involves people all around the globe pledging to write 50,000 words in one month. Camp NaNoWriMo is a similar event which happens every April and July. It’s a little more relaxed and you can set your own goal if you don’t want to write 50,000 words. Either way, the aim is to write every day for a month and get a first draft of something written. Some people use it for editing, short stories or poetry, rather than a novel.
Personally, I’m going for a novel. A novel for children, to be precise. I have an idea that I’ve been working on in the back of my mind for a couple of months and I have decided to attempt 30,000 words in the month of July to get a first draft created and ready for editing!
I don’t want to talk too much about my story or my plans for it, in superstitious fear of jinxing it! But I am planning on sharing as much of my month with you as possible. Thus begins: Letters to Camp!
This series will be a bit of a diary for me and, hopefully, some help for any of you who are also attempting Camp NaNoWriMo now or in the future. I am hoping to check in once a week at least, to update you on my progress and how I’m finding the month.
Today, I thought we’d talk prep and goals.
As far as prep goes, writers who attempt NaNo often talk about being a ‘plotter’ or a ‘pantser’. I.e. someone who plans their whole plot in depth, or someone who just wings it and lets the story tell itself! Personally, I’d say I’m a bit in between. A plantser. I have a very rough outline of my story, just a basic spider diagram of a plot outline, but I don’t have anything too detailed.
I know where I need to start and end, and a few points I want to hit in the middle. I’m hoping that will be enough for me to work through at a good pace, whilst also letting the story and characters pull me along a little bit and show me what to do. Just enough planning to keep me comfortable, but enough winging it to be true to my nature!
So what are my goals for the month?
Word Count: 30,000 words
I have set myself a goal of 700 words on work days, and just over 1300 words on non-work days. I thought this seemed a more realistic approach than expecting myself to write the same amount on a busy day at school as I would on an empty Saturday. I’m hoping this will keep me moving and, most importantly, writing every day through the month of July, but still able to keep up with my work and other commitments. On the last couple of days of the month I’ll be travelling (Honeymoon – yay!) so I’m also hoping that if I need to catch up a little bit, a long flight will help.
I really just want to stay committed to writing something every day. I’ve never finished a manuscript before and I would love to say on July 31st, “I did this. I won Camp NaNoWriMo!”
So – that’s me! I have no idea how I’m going to get on but I believe in myself enough that I think I can win and write 30,000 of a (hopefully passable) children’s novel in one month – whaaatt?!!
What are your plans for Camp NaNoWriMo? Let me know in the comments and let’s smash this!