Preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2018


Wow! I can’t believe that it’s already the end of March and almost time for Camp NaNoWriMo (NaNo).  I can’t believe how quickly time flies. It feels like just yesterday that I was starting to figure out what I am going to write for Camp NaNo. As you know, April is this Sunday. I’m excited to see where my writing takes me this month. I am excited to rewrite this story without the constraints of trying to please a professor with fundamentally different values than my own. I’ve been bad at making time to write so I’m very thankful that NaNo runs two monthly events throughout the year. It’s exactly the motivation that I need to get started.

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Camp NaNo is the April version of National Novel Writing Month that takes place in November. The main difference between the two events is the word count goal. In November, everyone has a goal to write at least 50,000 words for a story. In April, writers are given complete freedom over their goals and you get sorted into a “cabin” so that you can talk to other writers during the month.

Goals for April's Camp NaNoWriMo

For NaNoWriMo, I always set public goals for myself that I try to keep. I find that making a public statement makes me feel more committed to achieving the goal. Starting in April, I will be tracking my daily progress to share with you all weekly. Each week, I will set goals for the following week and see if I can achieve them. And, before I start writing, I’m going to set some goals for the entire month:

  • Write 25,000 words this month

  • Write daily (at least every other day)

To help achieve these goals I have decided that instead of writing on Microsoft Word on my laptop, I’m going to write on Google Documents. This way I will have access to a way to write even when I don’t have access to my computer. I wish that April was next Monday and not Sunday (since it’s Easter weekend) but I think that having access on my phone will open up my chances to write. I’m also going to work on writing during my commutes in April. Lately, I have been reading or journaling but I think that I will alter that for the month.

Week 1 Goals

  • Write 5,500 words

  • Write for 7 hours

NaNoWriMo Prep

I didn’t do much preparing for NaNoWriMo 2017, mostly because I had heard of it a few weeks before November 1. So, for Camp NaNo, I decided to do a bit more preparation. I have been writing down ideas in my current writing notebook. The notes include (but are not limited to) information about the characters, details for world building, and scene ideas. I haven’t been preparing too much in advance because I don’t want to plan myself into writer’s block but I do want to do a little more planning before the end of March arrives.

The Story

The story that I’m going to write  next month is called The Before. It was originally written as a short story for my advanced short fiction writing class at Western University. I love the world that I started to build when I was writing this story but the plots in the first two drafts were not fully fleshed out or planned. So, I’m going to take the world that I love and make a completely new story with richer and deeper characters and better developed plot.
The Before is the place where we go before we are born. The main character (name undecided) tries to navigate their way through this world while trying to figure out how to succeed in the During (life). I haven’t quite figured out the main plot, antagonist, and main conflict but I have some good groundwork for how the story is going to go.
If this draft proves to be more successful than my previous ones, I may turn the stories into a three-part series where the reader follows the MC through the Before, the During, and the After (death). Each story will have fundamentally different worlds and plot but, for the most part, the characters will stay the same. The three parts will be connected through subtle details (in addition to the familiar characters).

NaNoWriMo Website Postings

Last month, I reduced the amount of times that I was posting a week. For April, I’m going to resume to my normal schedule of posting two blog posts a week (Wednesday and Saturday). My Saturday posts will be dedicated to Camp NaNoWriMo updates and the Wednesday posts will be my regularly scheduled miscellaneous posts, including my monthly interview and the start of my review posts. I want to make book reviews a more regular thing on my website and I have just the book for April. Stay tuned to find out more!
Just like NaNoWriMo, I will be posting a weekly word count with the challenges that I faced through the week and the things that I’m proud of. It will most likely be in the same format as last time unless I come up with some groundbreaking way to share this information (not likely, plus I like how I shared information before. If you have any feedback, please feel free to leave some ideas and/or constructive criticisms in the comment section.