4 Reasons to do Camp Nanowrimo

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Hello everyone!

Guess what!? It’s almost July, which means…. it’s time for Camp Nanowrimo!

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I feel like we all talk about Nanowrimo in November which is this huge thing, but Camp Nano doesn’t get as much attention. Personally, I actually prefer Camp Nano and I want to share with you guys why I love it so much.

What is Camp Nanowrimo?

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Camp Nanowrimo is a month-long, biannual challenge for writers. During the months of April and July, we sit down with other writers and plug along on our manuscript for an entire month. Unlike the strict 50,000-word count goal for Nanowrimo, in Camp Nano, you can set your own goal, whether it is in words or in minutes.

Why Camp Nano?

1. Challenge yourself!

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Do you like challenges? Do you have a story idea but just didn’t have the chance to write it yet? Or are you working on your WIP but need a final push? What I love about Camp Nano is that it lets us focus on one thing for a month and gives me the motivation to get it done.

2. Write, edit, plan. Do what you want!

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Camp Nano can be tailored to whatever we are working on at the moment. What if you’re in the middle of a draft? What if you are in the editing phase or the outlining phase of your WIP? No worries!

One misconception with Camp Nano is that you have to be starting a new novel as with Nanowrimo. That is not the case! You could be editing, or brainstorming, or writing the second half of draft #9. Whatever it is, you can go on and join Camp! Which brings us to the next point…

3. Set your own goal.

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Chances are you know about the 50K word count goal to “beat” Nanowrimo. That’s pretty crazy isn’t it? What if we have school? What if we have work? What if we know that July is going to be a crazy month, life-wise?

The 50k word target doesn’t work for everyone. That’s completely fine for camp Nano because you get to set your own goal! Maybe 5K, 10K or 25K is more reasonable for you. Or maybe 50K is nothing to you and you want an even greater challenge of 60K or 100K (in which case I am so very jealous of you right now because I can never write so fast!)

If you are editing or outlining a novel, you can choose to measure your progress in minutes rather than words. Maybe you want to aim for 1 hour a day (30 hours a month), or even as little as 15 minutes a day (450 minutes a month). The point is that we pick a goal that is realistic and achievable for us.

4. Join a community.

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When we think of writers, we might think of people holed up in the middle of nowhere with their pen and notepad (or laptop, in this day and age). For the longest time, I thought writing was a solitary task. But the thing is, it doesn’t have to be.

During Camp Nanowrimo, we are not alone. We can be a part of a community where everyone is working towards their writing goals. I personally love being in an active cabin where we share our progress and frustrations, and ultimately encouraging each other to meet the goals we set for ourselves.

(Our cabin is looking for new campers, so if let me know if you want a Camp Nano cabin and I’ll send you an invite!)

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Do you like challenges, whether it is writing, reading or other activities? Are you participating in Camp Nanowrimo this year? What are your other plans this summer?

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48 thoughts on “4 Reasons to do Camp Nanowrimo

      • Hufflepuff27 says:

        I’m going to do a new project but I’m not sure what about yet. But we’ve got a few days to decided. And about the username, do u get a Nano account or anything? Cause I’m not sure, but if you don’t get an account my username will be hufflepuff2723 xxx

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      • Sophie Li says:

        I tried looking up the username but didn’t come up with anything. You’ll have to sign up at the camp nanowrimo website.
        Sometimes it’s tricky to come up with an idea isn’t it? Hope that a good one will come to you 🙂

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Great! I will ask the cabin administrator to send invites to you and another fellow blogger. Make sure to do these things in your cabin settings:

        Select “I don’t want to be included in a cabin” so you are not sorted into a random cabin,
        Deselect the ”I don’t want cabin invitations this session” option.

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  1. Marie says:

    I’m so glad you’re loving Camp NaNo so much and that you will be taking part, Sophie! I only tried to join once, I think it was, two or three years ago, but I failed a whole lot. It probably wasn’t the right time for me to join though, with final exams and a whole lot of other pressures as well. I might try to join this time, maybe that would push me to finally do something with my WIP? I’ll have to think about it 🙂
    Best of luck for Camp NaNo 😀

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Tiana! That’s great to hear that you are going to give Camp Nano a try. Even if you didn’t make it in the past, I think you can succeed this time if you put your mind to it 🙂 For me, the key is to set a goal that is realistic given everything else on my plate for the month. Happy writing!

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  2. Sieran Lane says:

    Hey Sophie,

    I’ll be glad to join your cabin! My username is just Sieran Lane.

    Yeah, I actually prefer Camp Nano to the November Nano too, because of how flexible and more realistic Camp Nanowrimo is. One reason why I’ve been lucky and “won” Nanowrimo every year so far, is because November is a relatively less busy time of the semester for my university, for some reason. About making your own specific goals, I’m using Nanowrimo’s goal tracker function, and am aiming to write 1000 words a day from about mid-June to the end of June. Um, thus far, I’m a little slower than that, haha. But I’ll catch up soon. I admit that my blogging and reading speed have slowed down, but my writing speed has gone up somewhat.

    Good luck on your writing and editing! I’m hopping over to continue work on my manuscript too.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hi Sieran!
      Absolutely. I also like that Camp Nano is much more flexible than Nanowrimo itself, and it allows us to continue working on what we are working on at the moment. 1000-words a day sounds like a good goal, keep at it! I didn’t realize that Nanowrimo has a goal tracker function outside Nano months 🙂
      I am still working on my outline right now. Once July begins, I’m planning for a goal of 25K words or around 800 per day, which is probably realistic for me since it will be a crazy month!
      I’m super excited that you are wanting to join our cabin. I’ll get you an invite 🙂
      Happy writing!

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Yippee! I’m happy that I got to write 3,000 words today, and caught up with my 1,000 word a day goal again. XD. Now to comb/basic edit what I just wrote!

        Yeah I love the goal tracker. It makes my progress easier to see, because it gives you all these useful stats.

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      • Sophie Li says:

        That’s great that are you are caught up now, Sieran 🙂 3K words in a day is a lot. Do you usually edit as you go along? Usually I try to not edit until I finish the entire novel, although it is hard to turn off my internal editor!

        That’s interesting to hear about the goal tracker. I’ve been keeping track of my writing stats on a spreadsheet this entire time haha. Maybe I’ll transition over 🙂

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      • Sieran Lane says:

        Hey Sophie, all the editing I do is the “basic edit” after about every 2,000 words that I write. The “basic edit” is just about making the sentences smoother, clearer, and more pleasant to read. The goal tracker is awesome! ^_^ I wrote another 2000 something words yesterday. 😀

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Oh okay I see 🙂 That’s great to have a system when it comes to editing.
        Good job writing! Keep it up! I’ll try to tie up my outline since Camp Nano is beginning in a few days 🙂

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  3. Never Not Reading says:

    I’m doing CampNaNo this year for the first time in 3 years I think. I love that it’s during summer vacation! NaNoWriMo isn’t really reasonable for me, because December is SO CRAZY. Or is it November? Doesn’t matter, equally crazy month in my life.

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  4. MichaelK says:

    This is great info on Camp Nano, it certainly doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It also seems it is a more “social” event. I am not participating but I would love to watch you progress.

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  5. Kat Impossible says:

    I always read about Camp NaNo, but I only ever participated in NaNoWriMo in November myself. It’s good to get a little more info here. I feel like it’s not the right time for me to participate this year, but I am really considering it for the future.

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  6. Alex Masegian says:

    I always enjoy finding other bloggers who love Camp NaNo! I do too, especially because of the less-stressful, set-your-own goal atmosphere that you mentioned. I’m glad to hear they finally added a way to set a “minutes” goal rather than “hours” — it was pretty annoying to only be able to track my work in whole numbers (I couldn’t say 1.5 hours?! Ugh). This post made me feel kinda wistful because unfortunately, I’m going to be out of town for three out of the four weeks of July this month, so I don’t think I’ll be able to do Camp NaNo like I was initially planning to 😦 it would just be too stressful. I wish I didn’t have to wait so long before the next one rolls around… oh well. Good luck, and have fun with your project this year! 🙂

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Hello Alex! I love that Camp Nano lets us set our own goals. The 50K goal for Nanowrimo is intense and definitely not for everyone! Yes I’ve seen other writers set goals in both minutes and hours, though I haven’t tried that yet 🙂
      That’s all right that you won’t be doing Nanowrimo in July! I think it makes sense to skip this month if you have a trip coming up. Better to be realistic and set ourselves up for success 🙂
      Thank you! Wishing you all the best with your writing as well.

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  7. byjamilab says:

    I just joined camp NaNo. I’m already feeling overwhelmed with the amount of writing I set for myself but I really want to get my ideas out in the flesh. Hopefully if I force myself to write everyday, I’ll have something decent to show for it at the end.

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Yay! Congrats for signing up for the Camp Nano challenge. It is a good idea to make writing a habit. I find that if I write a bit everyday consistently, then the story and the characters are more familiar to me, and it becomes much easier to continue writing 🙂 Wishing you a happy writing month in July!

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  8. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I’m actually taking part in Camp NaNo this month! 😀 I feel like when it comes to writing I work better when there are set goals and deadlines and there’s no better set goal than something NaNo related. 😀
    Granted I am little behind at the moment but that’s because when you are travelling nearly 7000 miles in one night and then severely jet lagged you’re not going to be in the mood for writing, but I’ll catch up before too long. How’s your writing going this month Sophie?
    Great post. 🙂 ❤

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    • Sophie Li says:

      Oh wow Beth I didn’t realize you were taking part in Camp Nano!! That’s awesome! We can chat/freak out about writing this month haha 🙂
      I definitely function on deadlines! If I don’t set goals or deadlines for myself, I would never get anything done haha 🙂 No worries that you are getting a bit of a later start. It’s understandable since you’ve been travelling.
      Welcome back by the way! How was the flight? Looking forward to hearing about your trip 🙂
      Writing has been going well! So far I am liking that I have an outline to refer to, which has been effective in preventing those moments when I stare at a page and write nothing haha 🙂 How is editing going? What is your goal for Camp Nano?

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      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Yeah I decided very last minute but I figured I had such a fun time taking part in NaNoWriMo why not take part in the camp version. 🙂
        From today forwards I’m hoping to get fully back on track, and I should be able to, I still have a good amount of the month left to write.
        Thanks, and yeah the flights weren’t too bad, just really long.
        I think having an outline helps, it’s certainly helped me so far because yeah I know all too well those moments where you just stare blankly at a page waiting for inspiration to hit! 😀
        Not too bad, my goal is 25K words and considering I wrote 50K I November I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to manage it. What’s your goal?

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      • Sophie Li says:

        Yay!!! So glad that you’re taking part in Nanowrimo! I think you definitely have time to catch up since it is still the beginning of the month 🙂
        Looks like we have the same goal! July will be a busy month for me but I will try my best to do 25K. I am on track so far! Happy writing Beth ❤

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  9. Michelle 🌈 says:

    Camp NaNo definitely gives me the motivation, but it also gives me pressure haha. Which is stupid because nothing bad will happen if I don’t win! Because of the pressure I set a goal of 20k though (and also because I’m working on an existing draft and have no idea how many more words I’ll need haha) Love this post! 🙂

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