April 3, 2014 • Cee • Discussion

Yes, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo!

It’s an absolute first for me. I never took part in Camp before, so I am slightly excited/scared. I’m sure it will be no different to my experience with normal NaNoWriMo. Will I achieve my goals for this one? Maybe. Maybe not. (Hoping for the former.)

For those who do not know what is it, it’s like regular NaNoWriMo, but it’s set in April, has cabins (filled with writers who you can talk to and get encouragement from), and you get to pick your own word count and the project’s category (novel, nonfiction, scripts, etc)! It’s wonderful!


A novel about an agoraphobic main character who is forced out of her apartment to figure out why a ghost is haunting her. It’s almost like a detective-ghost story, but not really because the focus isn’t so much about the paranormal aspect of it, but more about the character development. It’s about the main character getting out of her shell and finding herself. (Yes, “finding herself” is an incredibly cliche phrase, but if it fits, I gotta use it.)

This idea had been stirring in my brain for years. This character had been taken from a previous short story I had written for a workshop class where she encounters an ex-lover and realizes the only person she can ever rely on is her best friend. I decided that I wanted to scrap the entire short story because I was feeling stuck, but I decided to keep some of the characters for the new story (I grew to really love them and did not wish to part with them). So I said goodbye to the story. A few of months later, voila! I came up with the new plot, which is my current Camp NaNoWriMo project. I wrote the first couple of pages a couple of years ago with the intention of it being part of my thesis, but it didn’t happen because of time issues. I shelved the novel until now.


To write every day. At least 700 words. To have at least 25,000 words by the end of the month.

I decided that 50,000 words was not a plausible for me to reach this time around since I’m juggling other things that’s taking my time AND I am 95% sure that I will end up stressing about it (that’s not good!). The fabulous thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is that I get to pick my word count, so I decided to do half.

I’m pretty sure I can reach all my goals.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, what is your project about? What is your goal? What do you think about my project? Can all of you be my support group?


6 Responses to “CAMP NANOWRIMO | Well, hello there.”

  1. Stormy says:

    I’m doing CampNaNoWriMo too! Same word count goal as well–25K. I already had 10K on this story so by the end I’ll hopefully have at least half the first draft. My camp novel is a serious contemporary YA about three teenagers recovering & healing after they survive a random act of violence at their high school. It’s definitely different from what I normally write(science fiction/fantasy/things with speculative elements), but it’s been. . . interesting. So different, though. And not exactly a happy story.

  2. Missie says:

    I decided not to do Camp NaNo this year, but I cannot wait to hear about all your adventures!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. GO CEE GO! I love your synopsis and although you said it’s more on the character development than the paranormal aspect, I love it anyways haha. (I love me some mystery)

    I’m sure you’re going to be able to make it and I’ll be constantly throwing gifs at you to keep you motivated haha <3

  4. Kelly L. says:

    AHHHHH, good luck on your goal Cee! I would totally join you if I wasn’t in school. -glares at school and tests and all that other jazz-
    I honestly can’t wait to join NaNo and write like crazy. 90% would be garbage, but hey, at least I tried. ;D

  5. After my abysmal performance in NaNo back in November, I decided to skip Camp this month, but I’ll be here cheerleading you on! Your idea sounds fabulous, and something that I’d definitely pick up to read if you ever publish one day. Nudge, nudge. ;) Good luck, Cee! I’m sure you’ll hit 25k!

  6. Yes! I am participating. I tried NaNo back in november, but that didn’t work out for me, because it were just too many words and I was super busy. I don’t think I’ll make it this year in November either. I actually got my word count to 10.000 which is pretty much more than I have ever written. And I’m doing well now. A little bit behind schedule, because I had exams yesterday, but I’ll make that up by writing 1000 words today :) I hope it will work out for yoU :)

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