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July 9, 2016

Camp NaNoWriMo – Writing Challenges to Encourage Aspiring Authors

How to Win at Camp NaNoWriMo

If you have seen me in person the past few weeks, you may know that I’ve been obsessing over an online month-long event called Camp NaNoWriMo, an offshoot of NaNoWriMo (known in long hand as National Novel Writing Month).

The original NaNoWriMo is set during November, making it my absolute favorite month. I’ve mentioned this event several times in the past, as it’s a really exciting way to become involved in a writing project (check out my thoughts the first year I “won” the NaNoWriMo, but since November is going to be a really intense month for me (Hello first-time-mommy status!), I wanted to make sure I also participated in the smaller (but equally as fun) self-paced summer session of NaNoWriMo.

The goal of NaNo is to write 50,000 words in one month, writing an average of 1,667 words a day. Camp NaNoWriMo is a more relaxed approach, where every April and July you can set your own writing goals. Both events feature in-person meetups, writing live-shows, online resources and tips, and online writing sprints to help you write month-long.

My July Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

For this camp session, I’m working on the second draft of my novel told in verse, Hayley, the Imperfect Girl (Formerly titled, I Hate You More and 364 Other Poems by Hayley, the Imperfect Girl). It’s a project I feel very passionately about, following a young teen that is shamed for giving up her virginity. My elevator pitch for the project is “Mean Girls meets Easy A meets poetry.” For a short time the first draft was available online, so thank you to everyone that gave me their feedback. A good amount will be changed in draft two, I can’t wait to share with you the improvements.

I also plan on writing 15 blog posts so I can have some content pre-scheduled for the rest of my pregnancy and for some of my first month of motherhood. Becuase these goals don’t have standard word counts, I’ve arbitrarily set my “goal” on to be 25,000 words, and I’ll consider that goal met if I finish the second draft and my 15 blog posts.

This post is here to let you know a little more about the project, but also to help hold myself accountable to keep going. I’ve always done best when I shared my goals with my readers, so feel free to do the same with me! It would be a lie if I said I was really rocking this camp session as much as I had initially planned, but I’m slowly adding more words every day and that’s all an aspiring author can hope for. ? ?

^Are emoji’s in blog posts tacky? Hm. Something I’ve never thought about before!

Kind Friends reading assignment: What I Learned During NaNoWriMo + 5 Tips For: New Writers

Leave me a comment sharing your goals! I’d love to talk about them with you.

And until we meet again, here is the vlog I made for NaNoWriMo last November. I’m working on a similar video for this month’s writing as well, so stay tuned.

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  • tp keane

    I did the nanowrimo once too. I managed to complete one of my novels. It was great motivation, but time consuming.

    July 13, 2016 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Cassandra

    OMG! I have to check out this Camp. I’ve been trying to finish my book for months now and just haven’t found the inspiration to finish it. I’m 80,000 words in and so want to get this book done and published!

    July 14, 2016 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Cara

    That is a pretty awesome event to encourage you to write! Love it! And congratulations on winning last year! That is amazing! I really need to check out this writing camp and see if I can write a book…mostly non-fiction stuff though. Thanks for sharing!

    July 20, 2016 at 12:23 pm Reply
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