Camp NaNoWriMo- Survival, Ideas, and More

As some of you may know, Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up in April and July. I will be working on a new book (the only title I have for it so far is Switching Forte, but I’ll probably come up with something better). Anyway, I’m going to share some of my tips. Last year, I worked on a short sequel to my first novel. If you don’t know what Camp NaNoWriMo is, go here for the 13 + or go here for the YWP if you’re under 13.


Camp NaNo isn’t hard to survive if you’re taking the easy way. With camp, you can do any writing project, with any word count goal. If you decide to write a book, though, like I am, you’re going to need to plan like you would in November.

1. Daily WCG

My daily WCG, or word count goal, is 2000. My goal is to end up with about 60,000 words by the end of April. If you were doing 30,000 words, you would have a daily WCG of 1000. If you were editing, you would edit one or two chapters a day based on how long your editing project is. For me, if I have a goal to reach it makes it easier for me to complete it.

2. Word Crawls and Word Wars 

Word Crawls are created by other NaNoers. You can find the original list of word crawls here. Word Crawls are interactive stories, and they give you writing goals. For example: You walk up to the house. Write 100 words while you wonder what’s inside. 

Word Wars are something on the forums where you compete with others to write the most words for 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc. minutes. These encourage you to write as quickly as you can.

Choosing an Idea

Let’s say you haven’t prepared for Camp NaNo yet. What should you do?

1. Journals

Some of you may have a writer’s journal in which you keep ideas in. If you have some stored up, pick your favorite. If you don’t, grab a journal. Take a walk, carry it around with you all day, find stories in the everyday life. See an old, abandoned building? Create a story around it. (I have actually have seen an old, abandoned building, and it is very story-worthy).

2. Inspiration 

What are your favorite books about? Now, I’m not saying to copy them. Do not copy them. But be inspired by them, come up with a new way to tell the story. Maybe you can’t write about a world called Narnia, but you can use the idea of transporting to other worlds to create books like Keeper of the Lost Cities or Whatever After.

Avoiding Writer’s Block

If you’re looking for writing prompts, you’re in luck! Loren has two boards, here and here. Genna and C. have a board here just for Camp NaNo Prep.

GoTeenWriters did a post about outlining here, which can help you if you’re stuck on your novel. I have a binder of information that can help me while I’m creating my story, such as class schedules, backstory, and plotting.

If you’d like, you can check out my blog post on Girls Writing for God’s Glory about writers block (and a failed NaNo experience) here.

I hope you all have a great Camp NaNo, no matter what project you’re doing! cropped-josieonthego.com_.jpg

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  1. NaNoWriMo sounds neat! These also sound like good tips, even though I’ve never done NaNoWriMo. 🙂
    P. S. Can we chat about WordCrafters? What time would work for you?

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