Camp NaNoWriMo July 2021 – Update

An update on my Camp NaNoWriMo Project, accompanied by random yet soothing photos…

Not surprisingly, given my easily distracted mind at present, I haven’t written a poem and piece of flash fiction every day of July so far for my Camp NaNo challenge. I have however, already smashed my writing goal and have a combined total of 15 new poems and pieces of flash fiction.

My goal was 3100 words in total. I’m currently at 3510. Yay. My aim at the moment is to take the pressure off, to not make myself write on this project if I don’t feel like it. I have been writing other things (I’ve being planning a couple of novels and writing chapters for a handful of WIPs), and I do feel this is enough, which is new for me.

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Usually, I’m determined to push myself, to ramp up the pressure, until I have completed such-an-such a thing, for the simple reason I said I would do it, and if I didn’t, I would feel the failure considerably for not having done so.

So, am I going to have 31 poems and 31 pieces of flash fictions written by the 31st? No. But that’s ok.

Perhaps I would feel differently if I hadn’t hit the word goal? May be. But it doesn’t matter. Along with accepting that I am not going to complete this challenge in the given the timeframe, I’ve decided to turn this into a longer term project. This collection will have a combined total of 62 poems and mini stories at some point in the future, I just don’t know when.

And I’m content with that.

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2021

It was a last minute decision but I’ve decided to join in with this month’s Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s been a few years since I’ve participated officially (I have participated unofficially a few times, setting my own targets), so it will be fun to give it another go.

What I like about Camp is that you can set your own goals so there is no pressure. My project this month is simple: write a poem and a story a day, every day in July. I’ve no chosen theme or style, allowing myself to write whatever I feel moved to write each day, and how much I want to write. That means I’ve set the word goal very low, at 3,100 words. So, if I’ve only got a haiku and a three sentence story in me on one of the days – or on all of those days! – that’s fine.

Is anyone else joining in with Camp NaNoWriMo this month? If you are, what are you working on? I would love to know.

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 🙂

Writing Groups and Camp NaNoWriMo

Recently I have thought about joining a writing group, believing it to be a great way to improve my writing as well as teaching me how to take criticism without getting over-sensitive about it.  I spent a little time looking around online but struggled to find one that I felt my writing and I would fit nicely into.

I had thought to post a ‘wanted’ ad of sorts on here to see if anyone could point me in the right direction and failing that seeing if there was enough interest to begin our own.  However,  I was a little worried; I currently don’t have the free time to run one alone at the moment, although I would have been happy to chip in…but you can’t really tell someone else to start a group just so you can have your own way, can you?

And then the email came through from NaNoWriMo about CampNaNoWriMo.

I have participated in the November challenge for the past two years and learnt a lot about myself and my writing in the process.  However, I had never looked into Camp before.  So I did a little research to see what it was all about and how it differed from the November event, before deciding “hey, why not give it ago?”  The idea of the cabins sounds great to me at this point in time.  And although it won’t necessary fulfil my need for a writing group or writing circle, it might go some way to provide a short term solution.  And who knows, I might meet some great people and great writers…

So, all I have to do now is decide what I am going to work on, update my camper info, novel info and finally cabin settings and away we go!

Anyone else participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in July?  Have you done it before?  Did you find the cabins and other campers helpful or more of a distraction?

Anyone else in a writing group or circle?  Has it helped your writing?  What are your thoughts on online writing groups?