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Finally getting places! (writing update!!)

Hello there!

So if you knew me in real life you’d know that I am a serious procrastinator in terms of writing. Of course I write blog posts obviously on the new Inside A Dog website as well as Tumblr and other social media accounts but I have never really branched out with my writing. I know, I know this is a bad thing but writing a book takes time and practise and also writing is a little bit daunting for me. Anyway so me being the person who hates sitting still, I decided to tackle my fear and gain experience by writing for Camp NaNoWriMo!

But what is Camp NaNoWriMo? Well it is a shorter writing challenge than it’s big sister NaNoWriMo. Whereby in NaNoWriMo you write 50,000 words in a month (this happens in November) Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to adjust a goal of your choice. For me I decided to choose 18,000 words in a month to give me the much needed boost for my writing project.

So at the moment I am writing a fanfiction. I know you are probably rolling your eyes right now but Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner said that it was a really great way to boost your writing knowledge and expertise. Taking on their advice I decided “why not?” and “What do I have to lose?” so I guess one thing lead to another and I am writing a contemporary novel!

I’m more of a horror, deep/dark, paranormal, fantasy and romance writer so this is definitely a challenge for me especially since I don’t write much on broken families (the main character has a bad relationship with her step-mother. This is kind of a Cinderella retelling) but I’m really eager to see if I find it interesting or challenging.

Also guys another reason to join the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge is that we can join a cabin and talk about our writing projects. It’s also a great idea to have a “cabin group” as it can really motivate you too. I’ll definitely recommend you give it a go especially if you want to improve your writing or challenge yourself.

-Sylvs!

7 comments

bookwithbane

I'm doing NanoWrimo this year. Last year I felt I was more trying to fill words than write with quality. This year I will not make that mistake. I'm going to write a comprehensive plan the day before and follow that to the letter. I did 30,000 words last year and I will do it this year. I will make a post on NanoWrimo soon.

4th Jul, 18
sylvs

I'm hopefully doing NaNoWriMo this year too! I didn't have a plan with last years NaNo project but I worked out where I want my book to go and am attempting it again

5th Jul, 18
otaku

I’ve been meaning to do NaNoWriMo for years! I was actually thinking of doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year, so I might join you. Only problem is all of my coursework getting in the way, but I might follow suit and do 18,000 words! I’m a super big procrastinator too *sighs*

5th Jul, 18
otaku

*only just realised it has already started*
OFFICIALLY BECAME A CAMPER. I ended up setting my word count to 22,000 just cuz I realise it’s already begun. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I ended up asking for a random cabin ?

5th Jul, 18
sylvs

In reply to otaku

Lol good luck with your writing! I just wrote around 450+ words towards my goal. Yes I am very much aware that it is 11:45pm but still!

6th Jul, 18
bookwithbane

18,000 is not as hard as you think. 600 words each day. If you can grab 30 mins at the end of the day, then you are set

6th Jul, 18
sylvs

In reply to bookwithbane

Lol thanks Bane! 22000 is a great achievement too! Good luck!!!

6th Jul, 18