News from Camp (Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018)

So, Camp ended a few days ago after a busy month of trying to meet a self-set goal.  This time round I was aiming for writing 30,000 words over the course of April. The reasons for this was down to the challenge I set myself at the start of the year, “1000 words a day”.  As for that challenge, I’m a little way off the pace, though I’m getting caught up.  But, I digress…

Camp NaNoWriMo – April 2018

The Projects

I had planned to focus on two projects during April:

  1. A novella I was part way through come the end of March.  However, come the 1st of April, I switched projects, and decided to start a new novella.  The reason: the storyline of Novella #1 was moving in a direction I hadn’t expected or planned for.  I needed to decide whether I was going to allow the story to do its own thing or whether I was going to go back and write the story I’d planned.  It was a question I wasn’t ready to make a snap decision on.  So, I had another idea fully formed (like all writers, I have notebooks and files on the PC full of ideas and outlines), broke it down and started writing.  And this turned out to be my main project for April.
  2. With an ever hopeful heart, I was *planning* to get around 10,000 words added to last years NaNoWriMo novel.  Again, I realised that it would be difficult to just jump straight back into this project as I had not had the time beforehand (as I had hoped) to get reacquainted with it enough to add words to it.  Personally, I don’t like redrafting / editing until I have a workable beginning, middle and end so I can work on it as a whole.  So, although I didn’t actually need a second project because my Novella held most of my focus for April, I did work on an in-depth planning project at the same time.  This undertaking is another novel, and one I’m really excited about.  However, I’m holding off starting it until the first draft of the novella is complete.
The Numbers
  • Word count goal: 30,000
  • Validated goal: 36,647
  • Final total: I wrote an extra 1665 words late on the 30th, bringing my total to…drum roll, please…


My Thoughts

I’m really happy with what I achieved and am really looking forward to July and the next Camp.  The online writing group I’m part of, The Plot Bunnies, have a private cabin, and they are just a fantastic, supportive and knowledgeable group of ladies.  They are the best and I feel immensely lucky to know them. They also did really well on their own projects – so, well done, again ladies!

I wish Camp could be held every month because I just get so much done.  It forces me to focus on particular projects, but more than that, it makes me accountable.

As for my two projects, I’m still working each day on the novella and it’s coming along nicely.  I should have the first draft complete in a week or two.

All in all, Camp was a success and I’m sad it is over.  But then, if it didn’t end I couldn’t get excited about it starting up again, could I?

What’s Next?

I’ve seen glimpses of loads of posts I’ve missed for those who took part in the A-Z challenge and NaPoWriMo which also took place in April.  I hope this went well for everyone.  It’s such an achievement to post so many posts in such a short space of time, so well done, all!  Feel free to post a comment or two to tell me how it went.  I would love to know.

Those of you who join in with the Weekend Writing Prompt, will have seen that the most recent prompt was numbered “52” meaning we have just completed our first year of prompts.  Yay!  To mark the start of year 2, I thought it would be fun to mix things up…you’ll have to see tomorrow’s dedicated post to find out what I mean…

I hope for normal service to resume as of next week.  Until then, I’m going to go back and check out the responses to the Weekend Writing Prompts that I missed.  I know there are going to be tonnes of fantastic stories and poetry waiting for me to delve into.  Just so you know, I probably won’t be able to comment on each and every post I missed, but know that if I “liked” it, then I read and enjoyed it 🙂

14 thoughts on “News from Camp (Camp NaNoWriMo April 2018)

  1. What a great post and so well done for your monthly total – absolutely amazing! Well done you – such an achievement. A lovely month all in all – well done us. A pleasure as always 🙂

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  2. Congratulations again, Sammi! I agree, having a supportive cabin makes all the difference. YAY!

    Wow, 1000 words a day is a very ambitious challenge, I’m impressed! And 38K — that’s over 3/4 of a full 50K NaNo – WOW! Even more impressive knowing that you switched projects. I know what you mean, about how a story that seemed to be making sense suddenly is going in a different direction, and how it can be hard to pick up an old project out of the blue and expect to suddenly jump into it. How great that you had another story idea to pick up instead! Lynn and I were just talking about having more story ideas than we’d ever be able to write, and it sounds like you’re in the same boat. Although you’re doing much better than me at actually writing them!

    Good luck getting back into the swing of things.

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    • Thanks so much, Joy. You hear “horror” stories of people being allocated cabins where no-one talks to each other and the message board remains empty, so I feel doubly blessed with our little group 🙂

      I get that – there are so many stories that I want to write and I find ideas come far too easily to me. Only this morning, I had the idea for a historical fiction trilogy, but with so many incomplete projects and outlines I’ve written for stories I’ve not yet started…well, it would be impossible to write them all.

      With your amazing April behind you, I think you’re doing better than me at actually getting projects *finished*, not to mention submitted! Great stuff 🙂

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      • I never had that horror story experience, since my very first Camp NaNo, I took the initiative and started Cabin Plot Bunnies – and thus, history was made (drum roll please). LOL! But really, part of the draw for me was getting to know my fellow writing bloggers, so it seemed win-win from the get-go.

        So far my post-April has been a stressful bust. Work deadlines have rebounded with a vengeance, and I was out sick with a stomach bug half the week, so now I’m looking at working my day job over the weekend, when I normally get all my writing done. Ugh. Then next weekend I’m out of town… So I’m scaling back on my May expectations a bit. Still hoping to get back on track in time for Camp NaNo in July, which I hven’t tried before, but hey, why not!


  3. Congratulations, Sammi! It was a great accomplishment and of course, you should be excited about it. You exceeded your own goal. That was even better. I hope I could participate in July. I’ve been busy and will be busy through the whole month of May. NaNo has a group in my area and the administrator is in the next city. I should find out if they have meetings. I’m working on a few projects also. Good luck with your next projects.

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    • Thanks, Miriam. Hopefully you will be able to join in July – I find it such an enriching experience, and it’s nice to feel like you’re getting things done 🙂 Good luck with your projects too 🙂

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      • Thank you, Sammi. Try to submit several stories to an anthology but they prefer a certain style of writing, so I’ll still try to figure it out from the instruction. 🙂


  4. So pleased you did so well, achieved target-Plus. And I know that’s no easy call. Keep writing. Keep pushing. Keep the inspiration flowing. (Stagnation and creative brain-death lurks ready to swallow those who do not)

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    • Thanks, Crispina. Dedicating 100 hours to a single project is no mean feat either – I’m just blown away by your achievement, Well done 🙂
      Creative-brain death – I’ve not heard that term before but it’s so apt. I’ll try my best to avoid it 😀

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