Camp NaNoWriMo Vs NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with the concept of NaNoWriMo and I’m officially jumping off the NaNoWriMo train as of right now. I’m not doing going to be doing it this year.

I love it for it gives me a reason to put everything else aside and focus on my writing.

I hate it because it’s used by people who aren’t writers and then publishers and literary agencies get bombarded with terribly rough first drafts straight after November from people who had no intentions of being a writer beforehand.

CampNaNoWriMo on the other hand I just love!

CampNaNoWriMo gives everyone, whether they are writers, scriptwriters, poets or artists a chance to put what they love into focus for the month. They can all go at their own pace. You don’t have to throw shit at the wall in the hope that it sticks. You can make you’re own goal!

It gives you the urge to put your passion before everything else for a whole month and get’s the clogs in the brain working again without having to strain yourself and ruin your work trying to up your word count.

So, for me personally: CampNaNoWriMo trumps NaNoWriMo.

CampNaNoWriMo – Day 6

Camp Nanowrimo Banner, Camp Nanowrimo 2017

Yep, trying my hand at Camp NaNoWriMo for the second time this year. Won it in April with 22,000 words written of a 20k goal.

I passed 10k yesterday morning, while missing the second and third day due to being sick. I’m only reaching for 25k this time around and so I took yesterday off from writing.

The one reason why I gotten so far so quick? My head is in my book twenty-four hours a day.

I go to bed wanting to stay up and keep writing. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t so in love with my bed and I could stay up and write.

Trying my hardest to get two manuscripts ready for my beta reader. Was hoping to have them done this weekend, but that’s a long shot. Could be manageable if I don’t leave the laptop for the next 48-hours.

Maybe I can get them ready for next week.

Writing Weekend – June 15th – 17th


Camp hasn’t really happened for me. I only have myself to blame though. I’ve stopped forcing myself to sit down to write anymore. But this weekend, writing is coming before everything else. No excuses.

I’m not going to aim for anything, I’ve already started to plan for 10 – 15k words, but I think I’ll be better if I just take it hour-by-hour. See if that works. I was going to do a 1ok day, but I haven’t done one in years and I more-than-likely I’d barely crack 2k before giving up.

So, hour-by-hour is what I’m going to do. I have a spot at the kitchen table with my pens, notebooks and Filofax. I may have to knock off the internet too- Pinterest is a total time-waster at the moment and the perfect site to procrastinate on.

Starting Camp Word Count: 3,590 [yep…it’s that bad]



July Camp Nanowrimo 2016


I’m going to try my hand at Camp Nanowrimo again. This time might be easier than last year, because last year I had my sister’s wedding in June [when Camp was on] and was trying to get ready for Amsterdam too.

Im going to try and write the 50,000 words- not in a singular project, just 50,000 words overall on all of my work-in-progress novels. Sounds completely doable.

My cabin has 12 people so far this year [before anyone starts dropping out], which is always good. I remember one year people kept dropping and I had to change more than five times into new cabins.

For all my writing buddies that are attempting it too:

Good Luck! 

It’s Nearly Camp!


I just remembered that Camp Nanowrimo is in two days. Most likely – like the rest of the Camps I’ve participated in, I’ll start on a good footing and then loose steam half way through week 1.

I’m going to try my best [but I say that every single time] to get to 50k words. I haven’t written properly in a month, so I really get back into it.

I’m also going away for 4 days next month with the family  – so it’s even less likely that I’m going to complete it, but I’m going to give it my best shot. Because I need to stop wallowing in the rejections and get working again.

So, before it starts kicking off around the world –



CampNaNoWrMo – Day 1 [11am]


I’ve already come to a crashing halt. I’ve only made it to 500 words when I noticed that this book [book 2] needs a lot of fixing up, so instead of deleting words I’m just striking through them and continuing on. I’ll delete them later.

I started writing at midnight when my Macbook decided it didn’t want to stay awake and crashed [it never crashes]. I gave up and went to bed, having to wake up and catch up with the words I lost last night.

Then a phone call from my mobile provider this morning for 10 minutes did not help my word count either.

I’m sitting at the kitchen table now trying not to get frustrated and to keep battling on because I need to get this word count done before I leave on Sunday.