Camp NaNoWriMo

Happy Fourth of July everyone! I want to thank all the brave men and women who make America’s independence possible. A  Special thank you to all the brave men and women’s families who have to do without their loved ones while they protect us.

Have you ever wanted to write an epic novel, a book, a short story, a poem? I have. In fact, I did! I wrote one that is 50,000 words long. That’s a lot of words! I was up late, up early, and because I was up late I got up middlish the next day. Ha! Ha! How did I do it? How did I reach 50,753 words last year?  I’m still asking myself that.  (Just kidding!) I know how I did it. I did it because of National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. I couldn’t have done it otherwise. With the meet ups at the library, the word sprints, and the wonderful forums there was so much support! I found out about NaNoWriMo two years ago. The first year I failed. I didn’t reach the goal of 50,000 words. I didn’t even finish the book! But, last year, I did it! I was a winner. Everyone who reaches the 50,000 word count mark is a winner. Of course I could have done fewer words and entered in with the youth, but I went all the way.  But, that’s not what this post is about. Find out more about National Novel Writing Month which is in December and the NaNoWriMo website here.

This post is about Camp NaNoWriMo! Yep, virtual Camp! I think I’m hyperventilating. Camp NaNoWriMo is in July, this month! I missed the April one. Sad emoji. The difference between Camp and NaNoWriMo in December is during camp you set your own word goal. If you want to edit (like the book you wrote in April per say), they have a ratio of editing hours to word count. Find out all about Camp NaNoWriMo here.  It’s going to be super hard to write whatever word count I set for myself in the middle of the summer! Who knows, maybe this will be enough incentive to get my lazy rear out of bed when the crock crows. Probably not. Lol!

There are some people who have their novels all planned out with notes, charts, algorithms, graphs, sticky notes…

Ok, maybe not algorithms. I do know of people who have graphs and charts though. Last December I got this awesome book called, “The Plot Whisperer” by Martha Alderson. Well, I say I got it in December, really I got it a few weeks before. I read through this book and did my best, since I’m a Pantzer, to plot out my novel. Like, the week before NaNo I plotted.  While my Story changed and is vastly different from the original plot line I had drawn out, this book saved my life, or should I say the life of my characters. Ok, I lied, not all my characters lived.

I plan on attending camp! I hope you come with me! I need to decide what my word count will be. We will see how far I get. I plan on updating next week and every Monday until the end of camp. Does this count toward my word count? Yes, yes it does. I know that Camp has started since I actually wrote this, but it’s not too late to start! We are only a few days in.  Drop me a Comment if you do decide you want to camp with me. Follow me on twitter @sun_squiggles for more regular updates.  Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July! Now I hafta go find out how Camp Nano’s site works before tomorrow, Friday the first day of camp!

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