How I Did in Camp NaNo

Yes. So. I know I never announced I was doing Camp NaNoWriMo.

Actually, did I? I made one post about it (click here) but I don’t know if I said I was doing it or not…? Oh, well. In case you didn’t know, I did Camp NaNo this April!!


I made an unconventional decision this Camp NaNo and decided to put my current project-baby on hold while I developed a new idea that came to me in a dream (moral of the story: don’t trust leprechaun socks).

While I did enjoy working on something new for a change, and while I was glad to have a break from the project I’ve been working on for TWO STINKIN’ YEARS *deep breaths* ah, that’s better. 🙂 Anyway, while that was all nice, I have to say it was strange, and…I didn’t really enjoy it that much.

Truth be told, it was kind of an underdeveloped idea in the first place, and really the only reason I REALLY wanted to write it was because there was this one cinnamon-roll character I came up with and I couldn’t abandon them! (Plus I’m having plot problems in my current project, but let’s not talk about THAT)

But you guys don’t come here to read my ramblings, so I’ll skip to the super-happy, thrilling, TREMENDOUSLY EXCITING moment you’ve all been waiting for…




Image via Camp NaNo website

I got this cool little sidebar photo when I won, and I’m going to display it on my blog for everyone to see and NEVER TAKE IT DOWN because this thing is my precious!!


Now. Ahem. Since I know you guys are totally wondering how every single moment went, I’m gonna tell you!!  🙂

Ha ha, just kidding. You guys don’t need that much of me. I’ll just do it in groups.

Days 1-5:

The first couple of days, I was going really strong. I was on spring break, so I had a lot of extra time on my hands and was able to get ahead on my writing goal (which was 25,000 words). At the end of Day 5, I had 6,540 words. I admit, though, the writing probably isn’t very good quality because none of the action had happened yet and I was ready to get to the good stuff. XD

Ellie looked at me. “So, there are two of you? You and your brother?”

“Yeah,” I answered. “I’m the better one.”

Ellie laughed. “I believe that’s a matter of perspective.”

Yeah, I thought. My perspective.

Days 6-10:

I’m still writing an uncharacteristically large amount, which is extremely surprising. Usually by Day 10 in NaNo, I’m, like, two thousand words behind where I should be. I missed writing on one day, but since I was still ahead it didn’t do anything. I’m finally starting to get into some of the fun stuff, so my speed has picked up a little bit.

A quick flicker of light, like a candle, appeared in the window facing mine. It stood sentinel for a second, then disappeared without a trace. Another chill shivered down my spine. It was a bit creepy, really, how they didn’t seem to have any electricity. Naturally, every single ghost story and horror film I’d ever heard of came creeping back to my mind. I pressed my eyes shut, willing them to go away.

Days 11-15:

So, you know how sometimes everything is going so great that you get suspicious that it’s all gonna crash?

Yeah, that’s basically what happened…

I only wrote once in that entire span of five days?? He he…

I was still ahead by, like, two thousand words, though! Surprisingly.

Sam pulled the cookie dough out of the fridge and gazed down at it lovingly. “Hello, beautiful.”

Days 16-20:

Actually, I…ahem…didn’t write. I got a little behind.

Days 21-25:

I wrote enough to get ahead again, then dropped again. I got really close to finishing here, though!

“Perhaps we should have warned you,” Michael called over from the table after I had sat in shock for a full minute. “This explanation is not as comforting as perhaps you had hoped it would be.”

Days 26-30:

In a final burst of writer’s energy (and plain desperation) I finally managed to catch up and I finished my goal! I actually panicked at first, because my computer wouldn’t let me validate my goal and I was like, NOOOOO. But I did what all good people do (scream and cry and eat ice cream for an hour) and it worked. Hurrah!

When I woke up, we were deep in unfamiliar territory. And by unfamiliar territory, I mean ‘Todo, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore’ kind of unfamiliar territory.

How did you do during Camp NaNo? Did you like the snippets? XD


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