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Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo


Phew, so! Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. What are you doing to prepare? I especially feel that scramble, what with the fact that we are moving into a new house starting the 27th. I have to manage to get everything moved, the internet properly hooked up, my work station back in order, my room near and organized… and everything else that comes with a new house completed BEFORE the beginning of July. Throw into that the fact that I need to get at least an equal amount of words written for work as I do NaNo, the fact that it’s my Birthday month (whee!) and that I’m going to be going to a concert for the first time?

That makes for one pretty complicated month.

I think that’s why I scaled my word count back to a rather conservative 20,000 (though I’m thinking of upping it to 25,000). I figured that I could get that many words done on my novel alone, then I could get another 20,000 done for work. Technically I’ll have a total word count to do of at least 40,000 for the month! I’m only hoping that the chaos of what is going on in my life isn’t going to stop me from doing NaNo… it’s something that I really enjoy!

So, what do you do to prepare for NaNo? For me, I have a bit of a checklist.

First of all, idea plotted out on Scrivener, at least in part! Check!

Notebooks, fresh clean paper, charged laptop, pens! Pens! Highlighters! Check!

The ability to stay off of the internet for at least 2 hours a day to write. Ummm, I’ll get back to that later >_>.

Candy. CHECK! Minicandybarsaremylove.

LOTS of Coffee! That’s a huge check! I have my Keurig stocked with Frappe mixes and ready to go.

And last but not least… creativity, drive, CHECK!! The ready and willing anticipation that NaNoWriMo brings me. There is something so exciting about having a word goal, a group of friends to write with. I’m planning on doing word wars and actually starting a Vlog for Camp! I’m super excited… and even more excited for November when the real and official NaNoWriMo takes place again!

I think the excitement and eagerness to get the month started is one of the most important things. Something that gets you that pumped about writing is always an amazing thing, after all! So, if you have your coffee and your anxiousness to begin writing ready, who wants to come to camp with me?

Until then – let me know what YOU do to prepare for NaNoWriMo!

Keep reading and writing, y’all!

Author Amanda McCormick

5 thoughts on “Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. You sound nearly ready to go. I’m not quite there yet but I’m getting psyched. I have a bit of a checklist as well.

    Lots and lots of coffee – always ready to go!

    Granola bars and other one handed snacks that aren’t too messy (mini choc bars work well too!) – I’ll be stocking up

    Meals cooked and in bowls ready to just heat and eat (so my teen can eat while I write) – I’ll be starting this June 30

    My desk cleaned off although I usually use my laptop while sitting on the couch to write – my desk is hardly ever cleaned off, unfortunately

    Alarm/timer so I can check my word count per hour & not let time get away from me

    I’m working on a book from the last camp so I’ll just be picking up where I left off

    Handy dandy schedule so I know how long I can write per day and still get my work done (work from home mom)

    Yeah, staying off the internet to focus on writing or anything is quite difficult isn’t it? I’m addicted to surfing and I could be online all day reading and lose all track of time. Gotta keep that internet closed down, get behind on email, etc. for a month. It’ll all be there when I get back. I need to fight this addiction.

    Good luck and I hope you reach your word count goals for camp!

    1. I think that a lot of us wait until the last minute to get ready! I know that trying to get everything packed up now (We’re moving on Friday instead of Saturday!), the last thing that I can think about is nanoing! I’m trying to talk myself into doing my daily writing challenge right now. xD I do like your check list, by the way… it sounds about right. I was thinking of working on a book myself, but I decided to do this shorter project (which may turn into a book, my shorter projects usually do!) and see how it goes.

      If you need inspiration for camp, feel free to message me xD I think we can all use one more friend going =_= did you get your word count for today?

      Good luck!

      1. Talk about last minute. It’s July 5th and I haven’t started my Nanoing yet. Since my goal is 10,000, I’m not overly stressing about it. Trying to meet work deadlines since that’s more important. Gotta get paid or my lights will go off and I don’t think we’d be happy campers then. I will make time to do the camp, though. Maybe tomorrow. Or Monday.

        Good luck on your daily writing challenge and your Nanoing and your moving. Goodness, your plate is full!

        If you need inspiration for camp, feel free to message me, as well. Have you started Nanoing, yet, or still busy unpacking? Hang in there. And good luck to you, too! 😉


      2. I’ve still been pretty busy unpacking. I haven’t even be able to do my writing challenges thus far. I’d love to get into contact with you more – I always find it inspirational to have people to talk to about NaNo and writing in general.

        I would like to start NaNo on Monday, but I also have to get some work done. Mine is thankfully freelance and not the money that keeps the lights on, but getting behind and us getting low on cash is never a good thing. Still, I’m hoping I have time to crank out at least 2,000 or so words? Maybe? Hopefully. Heh. My goal is only 20,000 because I knew I’d be moving… so I had to take it easy on myself.

        My plate is always too full, I’ve noticed. Ambitious writer is ambitious >_>

        Good luck to you when you start, maybe we can do some word sprints or something at the same time to inspire each other!!!

        -Author Amanda McCormick

  2. Yeah, I’m not sure which is worse; packing and moving or unpacking. Feel free to email me anytime @ Yeah, it’s nice to have friends with common interests. None of my face-to-face friends do Nano or write at all. Most of them are through blogs.

    I will most likely “try” to start Nano on Monday, as well. My work is freelance, as well. I’m a work-at-home mom. I’m divorced/single with a teenager, so the work I do is what we live on. My ex pays child support and half of my child’s tuition, which helps tons! But the money I earn is how I pay the bills. So, if I don’t work, we don’t eat or have things like electricity. Ha! But I like my work, so it’s easy to stay on top of it.

    Yes, take it easy on yourself. Don’t take on too much at once. Funny with me saying that since I always take on too much at once. It’s who I am. I am an expert in multi-tasking. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself if I didn’t have at least 10 things going on at the same time. 😉

    I’ll let you know when I have some free time to maybe do some word sprints. Hopefully Monday. We’ll see. You let me know if you have any free time, as well. We got this! It’s only the 6th.


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