Saturday, May 12, 2018

Camp NaNo Recap (with video)

I survived the epic, renowned Camp NaNo gauntlet (I mean writing challenge). I haven't always met my goal, but this year I did. Here's how.

Camp NaNo you're in a "cabin" group chat with friends and set a goal. (If you're really awesome, you have a cabin name (Mitchtam) and a separate chat room for wars.) My goal was 30,000 words on my Martin Crossroads draft. I reached it!

How did I do it?! I list a couple things in this video!

As I said in the video, that wouldn't have happened without my cabinmates: Alea, Ashley, Athelas, Faith, Hannah, Kara, Katie, Nadine, Rosalie, Savannah, Sword Girl. They were amazing!! (And yes, famous o.o) I really hope I didn't forget anyone. #writerslife

The thing is, as thrilled as I was to hit my goal in a hectic month, that's not what it's all about. At least not for me. It's really about making progress and finding what works to hit my goals. I'm always relieved to find I can hit goals and can write decent words. I'm not a consistent or very disciplined writer, so working on those two things amongst friends makes for a pretty fun (if insane) experiment!
Did you do Camp NaNo? How did it go? How do you reach your goals (in any area of life)?

Just as a reality side note here, I did this entire blog post on my phone. That's basically what my post-NaNo writing life has looked like ;P


  1. I've never done Camp Nano, but I really want to sometime!!! It sounds really helpful in getting writing projects started. Is Camp Nano in April only? Or did I hear it was in June too?
    Thanks for posting!

    1. There's one every April and July. :) Then there's actual NaNo in November without camps where the website automatically sets your goal for 50,000 words. I hope you give it a try someday! Thanks for reading ;)

  2. I tried to do Camp NaNo . . . but failed miserably, haha! It just wasn't the right time for me. (also, your cabin sounds so awesome!)

    1. Aww that's okay ... and the story of my other NaNo attempts xP I have like maaaayyybeee a 50% success rate? xP Sometimes things just don't line up like you said and that's perfectly fine, even though it's never fun.

      Thanks! My cabin was really epic, so I'm happy to have been befriended by such a great group ^.^

  3. Hi Abigayle. That's so cool, I loved your video. I can't believe how many things came is similar between you and me. So cool! I also reached my goal in April Camp Nano, which my total goal was 65,000 words but I already had about 35,000 written before April. So it was a challenge, but I had so much fun!

    My cabin mates were all super fun too, but a lot of them didn't actually have time to write, so only a couple of us reached our goals.

    I work best at night too!

    I didn't know the cover was painted! That's so pretty!


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