Camp NaNoWriMo : The writing monster is awakening!

Hi guys, how are you? It’s been some hectic weeks with all of my travelling, but today I definitely want to talk about something. Because hm, look at the date…it’s almost APRIL. And this month for us writers, means that NaNoWriMo is coming back in its short, softest and less stressing version, where we can all huddle in cabins and motivate each other to write. And guys, I have news. It’s been a few weeks that I can feel it again. It’s coming back. The writing monster is tickling my fingers, and I don’t know what to do.

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I haven’t been one of those people writing for my whole life. Well, kind of. When I was little, I used to write short stories and stuff. I wrote on a regular basis, and then, a few years ago, I just stopped, because I had not enough time. I did NaNoWriMo, I failed, and it made me mad. And then, I did it again, and I freaking made it, and I didn’t stop. I wrote a whole messed-up draft in a month –and a few days, and I’m so happy for it. Then what. THEN GUESS WHAT? My story is sleeping, with all of its plot holes and flaws, it is sleeping soundlessly on my computer since December 5th, 2015. WHY so cruel, you ask me? Because writing 1,5K a day is EXHAUSTING, and I literally had no brains left afterwards. Because I heard it’s GOOD to let it settle a bit, forget it, and get back to it with a fresh mind. IS THIS WHAT I AM GOING TO DO? I don’t know, friends, I don’t know. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my WIP, and how I enjoyed the story, and how I wanted to make it MORE. More raw emotions where I’m looking for them, more action where I want it to be, more three-dimensional characters. A bit more of everything, really, to make it a good story, and maybe someday, a great book. I know, I’m dreaming, but honestly, I had so much fun and I feel like it’s time to get back to this story I loved, now.

BUT. Yes, there’s a BUT, the cruel three-letters word that screws up with your mind, its right here. If you’re a huge reader and a bit of a writer, you must, like me, have tons of stories in your mindc8f15f00-5b38-0132-4264-0ebc4eccb42f, ideas, characters, or just feelings, themes you want to write about. I know I do. I definitely love travelling, and have so many places in mind to talk about, and I think they would make great settings for books. I love mystery, too, so, definitely something like that. I love coming of age, I love road-trips, I just feel like writing something in an Amy&Roger’s Epic Detour vibe. Obviously it will be very different, but there are so many things you can learn about yourself while travelling. And I love that. And I have so many ideas and everything is just going ALL OVER THE PLACE, to the point where I want to scream LET ME WRITE ALL OF THE THINGS.

With Camp NaNoWriMo, there’s no rules. NaNoWriMo is all about the huge 50K, but here, you can settle on your own goal, which is much less, LESS stressing. You can take that time to write a new story, or to revise something, too. So, what am I gonna do, you ask? For now, I have decided I will edit my WIP. If you feel like reading the beginning of it, feel free to, it’s right here! But well, ask me again in three days. Maybe I still have time to change my mind…or not.

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I’ve talked enough now, so let’s get YOU guys to talk! Are you writing, or would you like to? Tell me all about your WIP! Did you ever abandon a story you feel like getting back to? 💬

Are you going to participate to Camp NaNoWriMo? Do you have your ideas already, or not? Tell me everything in comments! 💬

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77 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo : The writing monster is awakening!

  1. Awesome! Good luck with your editing- I’m actually a weirdo that enjoys doing that 🙂 I can totally relate to what you’re talking about- I have this one story that I “finished” years ago, that I keep going back to and rewriting- in fact I’ve put my WIP on hold to do it again- cos I’m crazy that way and won’t stop till I’ve got it right :p

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      1. You’re welcome! I’m sure it will- just use track changes- I’m obsessed with it :p haha well the WIP I’ve put on hold is in more of a fit state to be seen than the one that I’m currently editing (seriously, you know how I mentioned track changes? well the whole document is basically red from all the edits- it’s not even remotely legible), but thanks :p

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      2. I’ve been reading a bunch of articles about editing, to see how people do it, and decide how I will go with this. I think I’m going to do it like that, haha, the draft will be a mess, but that’s what editing is for, right? 😛
        Hahaha, I can’t even imagine, but well, that just proves how dedicated you are 😛

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      1. Zombies! \o/ A post apocalyptic story basically. Not quite sure where I’ll be going with it because I’m still scrambling to do planning. Most I have is a synopsis. :’D I do have a vague notion of beginning and end so there’s that.

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  2. I had no idea you were planning on participating in CampNaNo … then again, we did talk about it … but it seemed so far away back then. I want to write too, I’ve had a new story nagging at the back of my mind. I WANT TO WRITE SO BAD, but my brain cells are so dead. I can barely keep up with the posting on the blog, how would I manage a (less stressful but still intense) month of NaNo in addition to that? I am so torn … I want to do so much, but I am seriously lacking energy …

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    1. Aw right, we did talk about it, but I think we talk way too much to keep track of everything 😛 (that’s good? I mean, I love it :P). I can certainly understand that, I’m having busy days, too, and I seriously have NO idea how I’m going to do this, but I want to SO badly. You can always wait and do it in June, maybe you’ll have more energy then! 🙂

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      1. I love it too! Talking to you is always the best ❤
        And yeah, good idea! I mean, I do want to write really badly, but at the same time, I think it might be best to wait until June. Maybe everything will be so much routine by then that it will be less exhausting.

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  3. Ughhhh I’ve always wanted to write but I keep making excuses not to do it! It’s either I’m too busy, or too lazy, or should be doing something else, or have to go out, etc. etc. It’s horrible. 😛

    Seeing you do it motivates me, though! I have a story idea playing in my head and hopefully, just hopefully, I can push through it and actually get it written down on paper (er, on screen). Good luck with your WIP! ❤

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    1. Oh I get the feeling, I used to make excuses a lot, and now I have decided to try and write anyway, even if it’s bad, just to get all of those ideas out of my head, at least. I’m glad this motivates you, I hope you’ll start writing! I’ll be here to support you, coach you and bring you some chocolate and Friends episodes when it gets hard 😛 Thank you so much! ❤

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      1. Ahhh it’s SO HARD for me to continue writing when I feel like what comes out is real bad, haha. How do you usually do it — do you do your outline first or just write free-form? 🙂

        That’ll be good! We should totally have a literal camp one day where we just write and blog and watch Friends and eat chocolate. ❤

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      2. Oh yes, I get it, really. sometimes when I feel like it’s way too bad, I stop, try and read a bit, think of something else etc. Sadly, with NaNo, there’s no time to think. But that’s also a good thing, because it makes you write no matter what, ahah.
        I outline first, I really like having a whole thing planned out, it makes me motivated to write, and I know where I’m going, basically, even if sometimes when I write, I end up taking the characters and the story someplace else entirely.
        OH YES please, that would be perfect ❤

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  4. Oh gosh, Marie, I didn’t know there was an excerpt of your draft here!! I read it, and it’s really, not poetic, but it flows well, and it’s quite vivid! 😀
    Also – I totally get having too many ideas xD I’ve been participating in Sophie @ Sailing through Books’s WIFSY meme, and I keep coming up with all these synopses (is that the plural…? xD ) that I want to write the stories for haha xD

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    1. Hm well yes, there is, I decided to share it in a crazy moment, ahah. Thank you so much, I’m really happy if you like it. I need to work on it, but thank you!! ❤
      Ohhh, I don't know that meme, what is it about really? I want to write ALL of the synopses (I don't know if that's plural, I guess we'll say it is :P) too! 😀

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  5. I had a little lookie at NaNoWriMo and decided I probably couldn’t do it. Every time I consider actually writing anything, my brain just freezes and implodes and all the ideas I had for a possible novel just aren’t there anymore… I don’t think I have enough of a creative streak in order to write anything! I think I will stay safely on the other side of a book and be all judgy about it! 😛

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    1. Oh well who knows, maybe NaNo is what you need to get into writing! I found out that the daily goal really made me put my ideas on the paper -well, on Word, ahah-, and made me want to write even more. But I get that it’s not for everyone. If you have ideas, though, and things you want to write, DO IT! 😀 But yes, being on the other side of the books and being judgy about it is great, too… can’t complain about that 😛
      Thank you so much! 😀

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  6. How exciting! I’ve never written a novel and I have exams in the next months so I’m not planning on Camp NaNo or even any NaNo. Good luck though; I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job. 🙂

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  7. Good luck again for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m sure you’ll do great!
    I know what you mean I always have tons of characters and stories and themes in my head. One day I’ll just have to sit down and write them all out! I think I’ll definitely have to take part in CampNaNo next time it comes around. It seems like it may be slightly easier than NaNoWriMo to set my own goal rather than the 50k goal in November, maybe I’ll even be able to stick to it this time around, plus I need to get back into writing again!

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    1. Thank you so, so much, I hope I will not lose my mind, haha!
      Oh yes, well I can only advice NaNoWriMo, it’s so great, really, I mean, setting a goal and having a word count to reach every day motivated me to write, and not give up, like I usually do. It’s my first time for Camp NaNo -if I don’t count last year, I subscribed but I didn’t do it, haha- but I really feel like it will be less stressful indeed. NaNo made me write SO much every day, I really had nothing left in my mind afterwards, no place but for my story, and an unhealthy obsession about it. Let me know if you join in June, then, that would be great 😀

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      1. I imagine it could get a little stressful, but hopefully that’s what being a camp is for, and I can always help if you need it 🙂
        I know what you mean, NaNoWriMo definitely motivates me to write and it does help me stick to and reach the goal, though sometimes toward the end I kind of lose motivation a bit. I’ve never tried to Camp NaNo, you’ll have to let me know how you find it, if you enjoy it then it’ll make me want to do the next one even more 🙂

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      2. Oh thank you so much, that means a lot ❤
        I understand, towards the end I just tend to feel SO tired, yet I'd feel really mad at myself if I just stopped without finishing what I started. I'll let you know for sure, maybe I'll do another post about it during the month…I have no idea how I'll keep being organized ahah.

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  8. Good luck with Camp Nanowrimo! Me and some of my close friends are in a cabin together and I am so excited, yet so worried that I won’t get done. 😀 I am doing one of my ideas from a linkup called “When I First Saw You” and it is going very well, even though I think my writing has some flaws in my opinion. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Maddie! 🙂 Ohh that’s so great, I bet together you’ll be able to keep each other motivated all month! Ohh, I like the title already! Glad to hear it’s going well. And don’t be too hard on yourself, we all have flaws in our writing, but you’re definitely going to improve this and make an amazing story! 😀

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  9. I can’t believe I actually missed this post before but I hope the first day goes well for you! I’m doing Camp too, and I’m so excited to get started in a few short hours! I’ll definitely hang around twitter if you’re in need of motivation at any time 😉 I’m so glad the writing monster is coming back!

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