NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo – I Can See the Finish Line

How are you, campers? Exhausted? Delirious? Manic?

Whether broken or motivated by NaNoWriMo, I have good news for you! It’s the final stretch of Camp NaNoWriMo July 2017.

Well done us, we are still going, and whether we are set to win or lose, we are all winners. Imagine what your word count would be without this month?

How far have you come? I bet it’s a long way, and even if it’s not it’s some way, and that’s enough.

Keep on striving for the finish line. You can do this!

NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo – Is it Killing You Too?

Hello, Campers!

I am dying by word counts… Absolutely drowning in words. This NaNoWriMo malarky is excruciating.

I want to watch Netflix. I want to sleep in. I want to sit and do NOTHING. I want to GIVE UP.

But I won’t. I hope you won’t either. Keep on keeping on. Just keep swimming. We can do this.

Feel free to share your misery (or elation) in the comments. We’re in this together

NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

Camp NaNoWriMo Doesn’t Really Matter – but you can do it anyway

Hello there everyone!

How are you this week? If you, like me, are participating in Camp NaNoWriMo you must be pretty darn tired. Well done. You’ve lasted the first week. That’s a real achievement. If you’ve already given up, don’t worry, you can always try again, or maybe it’s just not for you.

Here is something important to note down. Ready?

Completing NaNoWriMo does not make you an excellent author, and failing it does not make you a terrible one.  

This is simply a test of determination, and of how busy our lives are. Nothing more, nothing less. Don’t become disheartened and give up on your dream of writing a book just because NaNoWriMo isn’t for you.

Also, don’t become complacent because NaNoWriMo is easy for you. There is still a heck of a battle to get published.

Let’s get some perspective and enjoy the NaNoWriMo ride. 


NaNoWriMo – The Slog Continues

Firstly, I want to thank every single one of you who commented on my post yesterday. You encouraged me no end, and I hope I can help you in return. The blogging community does wonders for motivation. 

How is your writing coming along? Are you on target, way below target or dragging your sorry writing muscles along and just about making it work?

No matter how you are doing here are some things to remember – 

NaNoWriMo is MEANT to be hard. That’s why its such a big thing

Nothing worth having comes easy. Writing fiction won’t feel like a walk in the park, it’s hard and wonderful all at once.

If you write even a little when you don’t feel like doing it, you are winning Camp NaNoWriMo. 

Keep going in the hard bits as on the other side it gets easier (or so I’m hoping!)

Best of luck fellow Campers – we can do this!


NaNoWriMo – Hitting the Wall

Is anyone else there yet? That place where NaNoWriMo stops being exciting and becomes, well, a chore?

Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy writing when I do it. It’s just taking longer to get into the groove, and there are so many distractions.

I wrote a grand total of 0 words yesterday, and today reaching 1000 felt like pulling teeth. I hope I break through the wall quickly and find my writing flow again.

NaNoWriMo is HARD!!!!

Anyone else who feels like this, I’d love to hear from you! We can do this together if we spur each other on 🙂

NaNoWriMo · Novel Writing

NaNoWriMo – Drink a lot of Coffee – Write a lot of Words

Good Morning Campers!

We are now three days into Camp NaNoWriMo. How are you getting on? I know my plan was to feverishly write nearly 6,000 words in the first two days (this is a scheduled post by the way. Can you guess why?). It’s not even the first of July at the time of writing of this, and I am pretty sure I would have failed my goals already. (FYI – I didn’t! Why are our inner critics so harsh I wonder?)



Do you know what? That’s okay. There is only one rule for Camp NaNo, and that is to KEEP GOING. A missed word count sucks, but the ability to stick at something is worth so much more. 

Crack on – you can do this!


NaNoWriMo – Day 3

Today has been another good day. I’ve hit the 10,000 mark. I really didn’t expect to get so much done so early, but the thought of my holiday and also the nervous energy from my new job has spurred me on.

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I now have a nice buffer to protect me if I fall off the rails a little. Towards the end of the month, I imagine I will get a serious case of writer’s block. At least, that is what happened in November, so this is a good start.

How are you all doing? I’d love to hear from you. The blogging writing community is such a huge blessing, isn’t it?


Camp NaNoWriMo – Day 2 Update

Despite all my procrastinating day 1 went really well. I wrote 3297 words, which I needed to because –

  1. I’m starting a new job tomorrow, and so my brain will be focused on that instead of writing
  2. I’m going on holiday on the 9th July, and I want to make sure that I have a really modest word count goal on those days.

So far I’ve written 1022 words today, and I’m hoping to hit the 3,000 mark again. I’m finding it harder today, however, because I’m so distracted! So I should probably get off of WordPress.

For those of you taking part in July Camp NaNoWriMo, good luck! I hope it is going well for you.