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So, here we are on the last day of Camp NaNoWriMo… and I’m actually completely unsure of whether or not I’m gonna win. I have around 3000 words to still write, and I could probably get it done…

But, I have other obligations. I have a room to get completely cleaned out so that I can move and get settled before I pop out my little monster ❤ I have to somehow find enough time to still get enough sleep so that I don’t feel ill (which involves me sleeping during the day because I toss and turn at night). I have a million and one things to do… and I know that there’s a chance that I will fail at NaNo (though I will update you guys tomorrow and let you know for sure as to what happened)… but the point is, I don’t feel bad about it.

That’s kind of the beautiful thing about Camp. I don’t take it as seriously as the real NaNo. I don’t think of it as something that I have to win – I set myself a goal, and I do my best to attain it, but I’m always really happy with the results, regardless of whether I got 10,000 or 50,000. Maybe I’m just weird for the fact that I don’t think Camp is as serious as the November NaNo, but that’s kind of how I go along with it.

I’m also pretty pleased with what I managed to do this month, as far as my writing prompts go. I haven’t gotten that much done, but the ones that I did do have inspired me for new novel ideas, which is always amazing (and a little hectic, since I should seriously quit having new novel ideas all of the time – you know, editing one completely would be a much better use of my time xD). Still, I’m happy with the ideas. I’m extremely happy with the fact that I feel creative, even if I don’t have the time to be as creative as I’d like right at this moment.

I’m looking forward, and onward. Onward to a time when I’m going to have my writing space set up in our new house, and it’s going to be in the same room as my baby. I’m not gonna be able to just sit and write for hours on end (obviously, there’s gonna be a little on there), but I am going to be able to concentrate on my writing while my baby is napping in the same room as me.

My mind is certainly flooded with a lot of thoughts right now. As a first time mama, you tend to go in circles in your heads about how things are going to work, how things are going to be, (how labor is gonna be, oh dear), and a million other things. But my mind is also focused and clear on the fact that I want to write – more than that, that I really and truly want to focus on getting a book completely polished and sent off to an agent. It’s not really about making a ton of money (though that would be nice, eh?), it’s about setting an example for the sweet little boy that I’m bringing in the world. It’s about showing him that you can follow dreams, and that you can put your mind to something and get it done.

It’s about a lot of things. And Camp has happily gotten me back into the set of mind that I love writing, and that I can do this writing things even when things are crazy. I might not always get as much done as I wanted to, but I’ll still get a lot done.

Camp, writing, NaNoWriMo… it’s always such a wonderful experience, because it always brings you back to the core of what you really enjoy doing, and it makes you think about it.

I love to think about writing, and I certainly love to think about someday seeing my book on a shelf. This month has given me a taste for how being busy is going to change my writing habits, but it’s a good taste. It’s a taste that is getting me ready for the future… and it’s a future that I’m more than willing to embrace and get ready for. So, yeah, I may not win my Camp adventure (though just writing this blog is pumping me up to do just that, and I really do think that I can!), but I still feel like I’ve won, regardless of what the word count says. I’ve done a good job, and I’m ready to run as close as I can to the finish line with the thoughts and feelings that I have right now. I’m ready to get there, and feel like a winner regardless.

I am wondering though, how has Camp been for all of you? I’d love to hear about how much writing you’ve gotten done, what your stories were about, etc. I’d love to hear about the ups and downs of your camp adventures – just link me to blogs that you wrote about it, or write the blogs and then tag my name in them! Whatever you do, I’d love ot hear about it!

As a side note, now that the month is coming to an end, I should be getting back to the other types of blogs that I was writing before – the writing prompts, tips, currently, tags, etc. I’m excited to get back to those, and I would love to get some feedback before I do to see if there’s anything else that you all would like to see for my posts! I’m always more than happy to please you guys while getting things done, and I’m really excited about my progress and moving forward!

So, I think that about covers everything for the moment. I will have another blog up either this afternoon or tomorrow to let you guys know if I managed to get those last few thousand words that I needed to get in order to actually win at NaNo. Looking forward, it doesn’t seem like that much after all, and I really think that I can do it! I know that you guys can! It’s the last day, just push as far as you can!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Did you guys think I’d disappeared completely? I wouldn’t really blame you… I’ve been gone for a while, after all. The fact is, being pregnant and trying your hardest to move all in the same month of doing NaNo is hard. It’s made worse by the fact that I found out I’m pretty anemic (ergo, why I’m sleeping all of the time).

I have fallen behind.

And… I’m not going to let it freak me out. So, I’m saying the same thing to all of you who have fallen behind and decided to give up. ❤ Don’t do that! Falling behind doesn’t mean automatic failure.

Yeah, things are gonna be a little harder, and you’re gonna have to play catchup. You’re going to go through a few difficult days if you decide to do it all at once, OR you’re gonna have to slightly up your wordcount and spread it out through the rest of the month. NaNo is only half over, guys ❤ you can certainly still do this.

I keep thinking about the fact that my husband told me that I really needed to do Camp, because I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t. I keep thinking about the fact that I certainly won’t be able to do Camp in July, as I’m gonna be having a baby in July and even I’m not that crazy.

I keep thinking about the fact that he’s right, and there’s no reason to give up on myself. Even if I end up only getting half of what I planned to get, that’s still more than what I started out with. When you’re writing, when you’re creating, and when you’re trying? You never really lose!

So, keep your chin up, guys. We’re half through, and I know that you can keep on keeping on, even if it seems impossible right now!

That’s all for now though ❤ I’m actually gonna go and get a few words written, so I can start playing the catchup game. Since I have ridiculous insomnia, maybe I can put it to my favor and get further along than I previously though. Of course, I have no idea what I’m going to be writing about… but that’s the fun of writing prompts, now isn’t it?

Okay, away!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! How is the NaNoWriMo Camp experience going for you? So far, it’s been pretty fantastic for myself. I’ve decided I’m probably going to do my blog updates every other day, because it seems easier for me to keep up with. I’ll give you a little info about what’s been happening with me for the past few days, and then talk for a second about a few other things!

So, I’m still caught up on my words (though I need to update my wordcount on NaNo.) I actually didn’t do my words yesterday; instead, I did them all today. It was fairly easy to do, and it was nice not to have to stress about it. I’m happy with my decision of what I am working on, and my word count limit.

I think that everyone needs to know that they can reconsider the amount of words that they’ve set for themselves if they realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. It’s important to have fun with Camp, it’s important to feel like you can get your words, that you can do a good job ❤ Because you can! And when it comes down to it, what you’re accomplishing now is pretty damn amazing, no matter what you set your wordcount to!

Other than that, nothing really eventful has happened. I’ll post my writing prompt for tomorrow for everyone to partake in, if they so choose. I may post more than one a week on here, but I’m not sure yet.

Now then, onward to the other thing I wanted to discuss, I’m probably going to post a blog about my thoughts on a netflix series called 13 Reasons Why soon. I may read the novel first o-o I’m not sure. I kinda marathoned it in one day, and now I’m buzzed with thoughts and emotions. So, just giving everyone a heads up that I’ll be interrupting my regularly scheduled NaNo program for that ❤

That’s all for now though ❤

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey, everyone! It looks like it is nearly that time again, doesn’t it? Camp NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching us all, and I find myself in a little bit of a quandary. I’m not completely certain if I want to participate.

In April, my husband and I are going to be moving; that of itself provides a challenge when ti comes to finding time to be creative. I have to add to that the fact that I am pregnant, oddly hormonal, and easily tired. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to find the time or energy to really complete a big project for Camp.

However, I’ve made the decision to go ahead and push forward. I sat my project amount for 15,000 words. I think I can manage that. I’m not working on a new project – I’m working on rewrites for a novel that I want to get properly edited. I think that I can do it, even with everything going on.

Regardless of if I can, I want to try. And that’s what is so important here; I’m trying to take the advice that I gave out so often to all of you – I have time to do it. It may not feel like it, but somewhere along the way, I can manage 500 words a day. I know I can. I know my limits, and I know how long that takes me to crank out. So, I’m going to push forward, even though I’m afraid for the first time that I might fail… and now that I’ve made that decision, I’m all the happier for it.

I guess this blog is here to encourage all of you who are teetering on the edge of doing Camp NaNo or not. Go ahead, go for it! The worst that will happen is you won’t hit your goal, but you know what? You’ll end up getting more words than you started out with. The only way that you can really fail is if you never try at all. So, push forward, strive for your best… and know that in this scary writing process that is attempting to better yourself, you are never alone.

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Monthly Wrap Up

So, it’s been a fantastic month! As anyone who has been in my blog knows, I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo this month with a goal of 30,000 words of original writing. I’ve been updating everyone daily, or almost daily, and it’s been pretty damn fun. I ended up meeting my goal with 30,100 words… but that’s all that you guys have heard about. I wasn’t just writing for Camp.

I ended up completing the month with 90,046 words total, and I’m completely and utterly pleased with those results! I told myself that I wanted to really step it up again this month, because I’ve been having a lot of 50k months… and I did!

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As you can see (other than my little flub), I did pretty damn good on my calendar. I also have my excel document, which you can check out below!

July Total

My writing went really well. I got a lot of blog done, a lot of RP done, a lot of original writing and some fanfiction. But, my writing isn’t the only thing that I was keeping track of during this time.

It’s been a long time since I’ve paid attention to my goodreads, so I went back to that and checked out my how many books in a year goal. I was behind, but I had a goal of 30 books to read for the year. I made a small goal, and I remembered doing it… and I feel okay with that now. If it looks like I’m going to surpass that, I’ll actually raise it up.

I am currently at 10/30 books! With my new e-reader, I’ve been able to get a lot more done. So, my monthly updates will now include how I’m progressing with that!

Overall, I’m pleased with myself… both in my writing and reading. This month has been good, and I hope that everyone else had a good month as well. I know that Camp NaNo can make things hectic ❤ But I’d love to hear how everyone did in their writing and reading for July!

If you write about it, link me! I’d love to hear!

Until next time, guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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I am one exhausted writer. I just got back from a walk that turned into a jog so I could hatch a Pokemon egg. I know. Pokemon – what am I doing with my life? Heh. I’m exercising, and honestly I’m loving the fact that I have basically a mini-game that caters to my compulsion to collect things in tandem with nostalgia from my childhood that influences me to do so. Anyway, I didn’t let my Pokemon need deter me from doing exactly what I wanted to do. I needed to get back up to 18k words today before I posted this blog, and I was going to make sure that I did it! And low and behold:


When Flowers Fall – 4751
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 1019
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 1045
Untitled – 2214
The Siren’s Door – 1000

July Camp NaNo Total: 18067/30000


I did exactly what I set out to do. I’m back up to being on track, and I might continue to write tonight to get a little bit ahead for my birthday. But, regardless of what I do… I finished what I wanted. Setting goals and then passing them up is such a lovely feeling – I really suggest doing that for yourself. Something outside of just your daily goal! Today, I set 500 word goals, and between each, I’d give myself a little reward. Sometimes, it’s the small things that get us through long writing sessions, and Camp NaNo is one long writing session. So, break up your daily goal into 4ths, or more if you’re writing longer bits… and then reward yourself for each portion that you get done.

You’d be surprised at how much it helps!

Anyway, I’m actually going to cut this blog a little shorter than I meant to, because I’m a bit tired from the jog, and I still want to get more writing done! So! Keep up with your NaNo, and tell me how it’s been going!

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

Author Amanda McCormick

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The naughty writer has returned to doing her Camp NaNo updates, and apologizes for the fact that she hadn’t been doing them as much as she should have over the past three days. In truth, I just had an extremely busy, and wonderfully lovely weekend. I went out with friends, I went into the city, I did some early birthday celebrating. I still had time to get in words, and to get some of my blogs that I needed posted all written up. But… I didn’t have time to do everything that I wanted/needed to do… so the NaNo updates were put on hold.

I actually meant to get to this yesterday… but I spent a ton of the afternoon catching up with a friend that I haven’t seen in just a bit, and it was really lovely to see her. So… I’m getting caught up on this now, and I’ll have another update coming up tonight. I will hopefully be getting back on track, and I should have daily reports from here on out. So! Onward to the update!


When Flowers Fall – 3747
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 1045
Untitled – 1670
The Siren’s Door – 1000

July Camp NaNo Total: 16,000/30,000


As you can see, I’m still doing really well as far as being on schedule. I’m glad that I got that 1k ahead, because Saturday was extremely hard for getting any writing done. I still got my 1k, but I’ve been scraping by the last few days with just writing a bit over 1,000 words. Sometimes, it’s good to have that bare minimum goal, even if it means that you need to step it up to get closer to your stretch goals afterwards. I’ve had a bit of a break and lull for my writing, I feel super refreshed and really happy with how the weekend went, and I’m ready to dive back into writing headfirst.

My plan for today, if I can mange (I do have my D&D game), is to get up to 18k on my Camp projects. Barring that, I am going to get to at least 17,000. I’m not wanting to fall behind, now that we’re over halfway through the month… and so, that’s my advice to you guys today, I do suppose. I know that we’re halfway done… and that some of you guys are getting tired. If you need to, have some refresh days like I did – still get your writing done, but get out and have fun! Go play Pokemon Go and walk, or go see friends, or go to the city! ❤ Do whatever makes you happy. But then, get back to writing, and hit it hard. You’ve got that. We’re over halfway through. It’s all just a glide from here!

Until next time, guys. Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Low and behold, I have finally managed to get caught up to that magical 14,000 words. I wanted to be able to take the 24th off from worrying about NaNo (if I needed to), and now I’m going to be able to. Of course, I should get a little more ahead, in case there are other unforeseen things in my future, but for now, I’m going to celebrate.


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 6522
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 1670

July Camp Total: 14172/30000


So, as you can see, I crawled up over 14,000 words. I worked on Cerulean Darkness and finished my edits for chapter five. I also worked a bit on the Untitled story, which is pretty awesome. I had a good writing day. I also managed to get to 500,000 words for the year! I’m half way to my 1 million in a year goal, and I’m really excited about it. I just have to keep on keeping on, and get as many words as I can!

For those of you who are starting to get tired, don’t quit! We are so close to being half way through NaNo, and even though you may feel tired now, it’s going to be so rewarding when you cross that finish line and find yourself with so many new words! ❤ You’ve got this, just keep moving forward!

Sorry if this is a little short. It’s very hot, and I’m pretty tired. I’m thinking I deserve a cool drink and some reading time for hitting all of my goals today! If you’re looking for more to read, check out my Tag Thursday blog, and my announcement about Going Back To Hogwarts!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

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All right, look at me, actually getting my update on time today! I did just get my writing finished for camp – I’d written a lot for the day already, but it was in RP and other such ventures, so it didn’t get to count towards my camp. However, I just finished a 15 minute word sprint that netted me 1230 words for my Cerulean Darkness revisions, so that topped me off for my Camp words, and I knew that I could start this update! So, turn your eyes to my count below!


When Flowers Fall – 3128
The Second Realm – 1516
Serial Killer – 500
Cerulean Darkness – 5716
Misc Short Stories – 836
Untitled – 865

July Camp Total: 12561/30000


Tada, I’m still right on track with where I’m hoping to be! And since I’m still participating in a crawl with my friends, I think that I’ll get past 13000 words today, so that I can be ‘caught up’ technically, as far as what the day is. Since I want to take the 24th off, I need to get a little ahead. I’m also going to be in San Francisco for most of the day this Saturday, so I need to get a little ahead for that as well. We will see if I can actually manage to bank a few words up.

In a completely non-related note (which is related, still), I went on a fat walk today. I was playing Pokemon Go, and I thought that going on a walk would help me clear my head and get reset for writing… and I was right! As soon as I got back from my walk, I did that fifteen minute word war with my friends, and the words came much quicker and easier than they would have otherwise. I really do think that the game is something fantastic – I might actually write a blog about it, because it’s helping me with my writing. Exercise can really help – getting out and clearing your head can really help.

So, for today’s tip, I’m going to recommend just that. If you’re feeling stuck, or blocked… go out and get some fresh air. If you’re like me, and you hiss at the feeling of the sunlight on your skin xD Wait until it’s starting to turn Twilight, and go then. It feels amazing, the air is fresh and cool… and it can really help you to get into the right frame of mind for writing. And Hell, if you can somehow manage to catch a Kadabra, Nidoran, and hatch an egg while you’re doing it… more the better!

 

Until then! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Goodness, so here we are. We’re just a little past 1/3rd of the way through Camp NaNo, and I know that right about now is when the don’t wannas hit with a fierce force for quite a few people. We’ve been writing steadily for 12 days now, doing our hardest to get to our word counts… and we really just want a break.

I guess this can apply to all writing, because anything that we do consistently for so long can begin to wear and tear on us. I’ll work on writing tips for year around later – for now, I’m going to try to give you some NaNo tips to help you through the rest of this journey.

First and foremost, remember that Camp NaNoWriMo is not the actual NaNo event. You don’t have to write 50,000 words in a month. In fact, you don’t even have to write 25,000 words in a month. Your goal can be much smaller, and much more manageable if you so choose.

Building on that, in a few days, we will be half way through the month. When we hit that point, I really do implore you to look over your goal. Are you very ahead? Are you very behind? The beautiful thing about Camp is that you have the capability or adjusting that goal one way or another. So, if it looks like you’re going to finish early? Tack a few more thousand words on there! If it looks like you aren’t going to hit your goal? There is honestly no shame in taking it down a notch. NaNo actually encourages you to reevaluate your monthly goal, in order to make sure that it is manageable and you can win. So, push yourself, but make sure that you can hit that finish line.

And, as another tip – if the project that you are working on is really, really being uncooperative… I’m going to tell you something. It’s Camp. Switch projects. I know that some people are using camp as a way to finish a project, but if you’ve gone 12 days without the ability to work on it… I think that it’s safe to say you can tuck it away and do it later. Switch projects, experiment. Have fun, because that’s what Camp is all about.

Of course, I’m going to stick with my normal bits of advice that I always give – get involved in the community. Whether it’s your cabin, or you go play on the forums, or you find a skype group to join. Find people who will run sprints and crawls and get excited about writing with you!

Also, make sure to reward yourself when you do well, and sometimes make sure to reward yourself when you don’t – if you’re having a particularly hard day and the words aren’t coming so easily? Grab some candy, watch some TV. Take a break and then come back to your writing (that same day, guys. Not next week). You’ve got this, guys. Just keep moving forward.

That’s really all that I have for today. Just make sure that you keep pushing forward, and make sure that you realize that Camp is here for fun, and to help you win. Evaluate the situation, adjust accordingly, and you are a winner no matter what… because, at the end of the month, you have more words than you started with. You are creating a world from your mind, and that’s pretty amazing, if you ask me.

 

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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