10 Tips for Surviving Camp NaNoWriMo
Camp NaNoWriMo (at least April Camp NaNoWriMo) is even crazier than actual NaNoWriMo.
You know why? Because NaNoWriMo is in November. Soccer is over, school is dragging, it isn’t Christmas yet, and you’re just trudging through life like a tree. (What? I stand by that metaphor …) You want something exciting to happen, and if it’s anything, NaNo is exciting.
April, however? I don’t know about you, but by April, my brain is exhausted. It just doesn’t want to do anything anymore. (Hence, the hiatus we’re currently experiencing.)
As you can see, surviving Camp NaNoWriMo is indeed a daring feat. So, here are ten things you can do to make it through the grueling event without passing out. (And yes, only about half of these are serious …)
1: Don’t set an unreasonable goal for yourself.
Have you ever gone camping? Well, in theory, it should be relaxing (hahaha … *points to hiking trails* *glares at parents*).
So be relaxed. Don’t set an outrageous goal. I’m just doing 15,000 words this year, which is about 25% of what I did in November. Seems reasonable for a vacation, right? And that’s what camping is. It’s a vacation.
I have a friend who’s doing 100,000 words, though …
2: Make yourself a music soundtrack.
Whether or not you listen to music while you write, this is a good idea. Music is ibuprofen for the soul. Trust me. Make a soundtrack. It’ll inspire you in a dark moment when the evil internet mosquitoes threaten to distract you and the great bear writer’s block huffs and puffs at the door …
Or was that a wolf? I don’t know. I just know he’s big and black and ugly.
3: Don’t trap yourself into writing.
I’m starting a new draft of a story because that’s what I do … but you can also edit, revise, or outline for Camp … or you can even write something totally different, like poetry or a screenplay. It’s up to you.
If you don’t want to write, don’t write. Do something else.
Don’t trap yourself.
4: Set a time every day to write.
Seriously. Do it. It can’t be that hard. And time yourself, too! I usually write for fifteen minutes, check my email and social media, and write for another fifteen minute. I do this for about an hour … and voila! Somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 words … sometimes more.
It’s important to focus or else you’ll end up distracted by social media and such.
5: Get some healthy snacks to eat while writing
Because it’s just not good to write without food. You need the energy. Otherwise, your brain will collapse and your fingers will ache and your soul with die. Okay, maybe I made that last one up, but still.
Keep a nice stock of easy brain food around.
6: And some unhealthy snacks.
Also known as “soul food.” 😛
7: If you run out of inspiration, just dance.
8: Or add in a really neat plot twist.
AND THEN THERE WERE MONKEYS! (Yes, that totally makes sense.)
9: Bask in the little accomplishments.
If you do 100 words one day and you were supposed to do 1,000, congratulate yourself anyway! There’s nothing you can do about the words you didn’t write … so celebrate the ones you did. Don’t be afraid to change your goal a bit as you write (for less, not more … because trying to write more would be nuts).
10: Know you’ll never be Bailey.
I mean, seriously. The wonderful thing about Bailey is that she’s the only one.
So stop trying to be Bailey. Be yourself. Chances are, it’s an improvement on that mess. *gestures to all of Bailey*
Okay, I’m kidding. But really, just write and be yourself. Shakespeare said it best:
“To thine ownself be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, that thou canst be false to any man.”
Words to live by (even if I didn’t quote them exactly right).
Thanks for reading,
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Is so, what are you writing? I’d love to hear about your project(s). Do you like Bailey? Do you think this post is going to drive her crazy with all those pictures of her? (I know it’s going to … *shivers at the oncoming storm*) Isn’t she beautiful? She thinks she’s ugly, but she need to get over herself. 😛