Camp NaNoWriMo is around the corner. It begins in April, and it promises a lot of fun, nerves, and writing. Well, at least for me. The camp is an idyllic retreat where writers can have fun sharing their projects, fears, and tantrums. If you want to do it alone, you can do so. But, there are cabins where you can share your goals and frustration with fellow writers. It has lots of free resources, forums, and prompts. All in all is a great way to get your writing going.
Instead of setting a goal of 50K words, I decided to go for 80K. Since I’m writing a fantasy novel plenty of fantastic faeries, it’s better for me if I set my goal as a broader one. However, if you don’t want to freak out, I highly recommend to keep up with the standard 50K that Camp NaNoWriMo suggests. If that’s too much for you, then set a different and less challenging goal.
I’m not thinking about winning the Camp because I prefer to be relaxed. However, you can choose to win Camp NaNoWriMo and get one of the prices. Because I’m crazy enough to set a mad word goal, I better take it easy and use the camp to embellish a draft that I’ve already written. You can start writing from zero, or you can use a draft that you have around and try to do something better out of it. Or, you can choose the opportunity to create an excellent writing habit.
If you need extra help, consider getting one of these NaNoWriMo books:
- Ready, Set, Novel! [The Book Depository] [Waterstones]
- No Plot? No Problem! [The Book Depository] [Waterstones]
- Also consider The Magic Words [The Book Depository] [Waterstones]
So, what’s my plan? I’ll take my 50K word draft and turn it into a second 80K one. I’ve been playing with the characters of my novel putting them in different situations, and imagining all about their daily lives. But, I haven’t touched the original draft yet. First drafts are great because they’re the starting point of getting a great book. I know need to edit it and get a second draft that I like. Then I can work on that second draft again, and when I get the final third draft, I can think about what to do next.
The main character of my story is a Fae girl called Saga. She’s a book worm, and someone who hides in plain sight. She’s used to be seen and not seen at the same time. But that can be dangerous, as we’ll see in the final book. Until now, I’ve been playing with her and her friends so that I could create depth into all the characters in the book. Including the villains! Even if they were just supporting characters I decided to imagine and write about their lives. Even if they were dang boring.
Now it’s time to go for the real thing. I couldn’t be happier, but also I couldn’t be more nervous. I had a lot of pressure during NaNoWriMo last November, and I don’t want to repeat that. The camp will be different for me. I plan to share my experience here, so stay tunned and come back during Fridays.
Tell me, are you going to join the Camp?
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