Category Archives: Camp NaNoWriMo

Day 14 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 – I have a long way to go

Currently Listening To: Set to Fail, by Lamb of God

Word Count: 17,853

So I am way behind word count wise.

By tomorrow, I need to hit 25000 words.

Am I worried?


Why? Because despite falling behind, I am still happy with what I have written so far. I like the direction the story is going in, and I think I am going to enjoy writing this post Camp.

Do I still want to win? Of course! Will I quit writing if I fail? No.

The whole point of NaNoWriMo, in my opinion, is to help writers who need a boost. To some, it might result in a 50,000+ word draft. To others, it’s a draft that was originally a 0 word document. As long as it’s helped you as a writer, then that’s all that matters!

Speaking of winning, my Sunday was full of win. How, you ask? I saw the following show – front row seats and all:

Monty Python's Spamalot

Still full of laughs!


Day 8 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 – Whoops

Currently Listening To: Divinations, by Mastodon

Word Count: 12,655

Well I had hoped to be further ahead in the story, but due to a crazy night out on Friday, I really didn’t have the energy to write as much as I did today (over 2500 words!)

A drunk Homer Simpson

It’s what I felt like..minus the balding of course.

However, I really enjoyed what I wrote. I got to finally introduce my big bad antagonist into the story. He’s already made a statement to the protagonist so I am excited to write the scenes where they are together.

As I write this, I just realized I need to finish my taxes. Ack!

Day 4 of Camp NaNoWriMo 2013 – Hands In The Air!

Currently Listening To: Jade Catacombs, a remix by bLiNd of OCRemix.

Word Count: 8862

Just like how I pushed myself to finish my workout today, I pushed myself to keep going with writing my NaNo novel. I was pleased when I saw how much I wrote.

Today I am suppose to be at 6666 words (evil sounding, eh?) if I want to be on par for finishing. But in fact, I’m ahead! Well, you all knew that. This is good because I know tomorrow I will be out and about. I gotta be social every now and then.

I’m happy with how this is going so far. This time around, I did a lot of world building, but very little in the plot. Specifically, no outline. I do remember once writing out a very informal summary, but I barely remember it.

As a result of winging the plot, I don’t have specific endpoints where to stop. I just keep on writing until I feel satisfied with the chapter or scene.

Don’t expect an update from me tomorrow! Saturday I hope to break 10,000 words and beyond.

Day 3 of Camp NaNoWrimo 2013 – Back to Work (literally)

Currently Listening To: Enough Space, by Everlong

Word Count: 6439

Well that was a nice improvement from yesterday. Considering I had to work close to ten hours today and still recover from the cold I have, I am impressed I managed to write close to the average I needed to be on par for Camp NaNoWriMo.

What helps me is that I am doing a lot more telling than showing. I know, it’s a bad habit to do in writing, but to help make up for the word count deficit I had, I needed to write more! I hope I don’t have to rely on that technique.

You see, I don’t want to spend time just writing paragraphs on how awesome my male MC is. I would write about how awesome I am, but wouldn’t you want to see me in action? I want my male MC (or any character in my story) to actually do awesome things!

Readers didn’t just hear about the Twelve Labours that Hercules had to do, no they got to hear how he accomplished them and why he was a divine hero. It was like we were with Hercules as he slayed the Nemean Lion and captured Cerberus.

Granted, dealing with James Woods as Hades is quite a feat.

Granted, dealing with James Woods as Hades is quite a feat.

Day 2 of Camp NaNoWrimo 2013 – Gross

Currently Listening To: Spitting Out The Demons, by Gorillaz

Word Count: 5030

I managed to squeeze in another thousand before going to bed, and then barely wrote another thousand today.

I was worried that I was coming down with something. Looks like it was the case.

Oh well, best to get some sleep and power through tomorrow!

Day 1 of Camp NaNoWrimo 2013 – Spicy and Fishy!

Currently Listening To: B.Y.O.B, by System Of  Down

Word Count: 4014 (as of 11:59PM)

Let me start off by saying that no, this story is not a smut novel. Now that this is out of the way, let’s talk about how Day 1 is going.

I have the tactical advantage of having today and tomorrow off. I figure I can get a big head start into the story because I know my work schedule and I will be lucky if I can stay on pace for the rest of the month.

Also, despite having the day off, I didn’t start writing until about 4PM. Well I also spent an hour last night (after midnight, of course!) writing too. I’d say this is a pretty good start. I know last year I was feeling burnt out from the beginning and struggled to hit 1700 words.

I hope everyone else is getting real deep into their stories! And why did I say “spicy and fishy”? Here’s why:


I do wish this aggravating cough would go away though!

Day Thirty – We are glorious

Song of the Day: Glorious, by Muse

Word Count 80,052 (Validated and Final!)


Just absolutely amazing.

My goal was 75,000. I thought I wouldn’t have time.

After spending 6 hours on the road, trying to find gas and some food, I came home and decided to take my rage out on writing.

However, being exhausted from the heat, I wasn’t at 100%. But I powered through the final phase. At this point I was writing mini chapters of chapters. I couldn’t do walls of text anymore.

Here’s a final look at the word count chart.

Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count Page

I wish this is how fast my bank account grew.

So when I first started Camp NaNoWriMo I had a moderate start. I figured I was going to hit 50,000 for sure, but not 60,000.

Day 9 was big, as I crossed the halfway mark of 50,000. Here I began wondering if I could really hit 60,000.

Day 20 I began thinking of ways to celebrate my word count goals. However, at this point I really didn’t have a reward in mind. All I want is to get this thing published. So I figured to put my ego to the test and make a health challenge out of it. After all I hate to fall short on the Internet.

Day 23 was the biggest push of words I had ever done. 20,000 words. It was just the thing I needed  to get over my hump of stopping at just over 50,000 words. Since this was a big accomplishment for me, I went to announce it in places I frequently visit. It was a goal I thought I could never make. However in most cases I was just shot down (some people said writing 20,000 words was the norm for them. I was also mostly ignored). Really, I wasn’t trying to brag. I wasn’t like “har har I can write 20,000 words. Suck it!” It hurt a little, to feel so insignificant. However I soon tossed aside that notion and focused on hitting my next milestone: 70,000.

On Day 25, things at work were getting hectic so I had to face the reality that 75,000 or even 70,000 words was not going to be hit this month.

Pushing through some rage, I end Day 29 at just above 73,000. The word counter I use is a bit on the conservative side so I expected NaNoWriMo’s word counter to give me a few extra hundred words…but not 3,000 words!

Then today…because of the weather whatever plans I had were canceled. It took me a while to get back home, but once I did (and I made sure to eat and hydrate myself first), I sat down and tore through scenes, trying to hit 80,000. I wanted to stop, but I always was in the habit of giving up. Not today.

It feels good to hit goals. And it’s good when you have fun doing it!

As I said some time before – in the end you have to have some fun doing this. Yes it’s a challenge and yes it’s good to win. But if you don’t look forward to coming home and writing a few scenes or a chapter for this, or you flip out because you didn’t win a word war…I don’t know, but I just feel the point of these things is to have fun making some progress on a story or trying out a new plot idea. It’s really hard to “lose” at NaNoWriMo. Just my opinion. Everyone’s free to participate in NaNoWriMo as they see fit! 😀

Speaking of goals – I managed to actually write a post every day. Admittedly some were more interesting but others but…it got me into a habit!

Anyway, that’s all I have for now. There’s still time folks, so squeeze out those last few hundred (or thousand) words!


Day Twenty-Nine – How I spend Fridays

Song of the Day: Stealing Peoples’ Mail, by Dead Kennedys

Word Count: 73,626 (validated)

Let me first state that  I don’t steal people’s mail on a Friday night. I usually get some crab legs and alcohol to cool down after a rough work week.

Now, when I originally updated my word count, it was 70,250. Upon using the validation tool on Camp NaNoWriMo’s site, I got about 3,000 extra words. Woohoo!

I might try and hit 75,000 tomorrow if I have time. I have to be up by 5AM tomorrow and I’ll be out in the heat for most of the day.

I will write a reflection piece tomorrow as the final entry. I’m impressed with two things:

  • I broke my goal of 60,000 words.
  • I managed to make a blog entry for every day of the month.

I know some people are a few thousand shy of their goals. Remember – if I can write 20,000 words in one day (and some people have written 50,000 in a day!) then you can hit your goals in the next 27 hours (if my math is correct).

Cheering my NaNo friends on!

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner's Badge

I wish there were real badges of this. I’d wear it on days I had to wear a suit to work.

Day Twenty-Eight – RAGE

Song of the Day: Fake Messiah, by Lamb of God

Word Count: 69,294

I can smell the 70k mark. I can smell the tension when people talk about the Supreme Court’s decisions today.

If you’re still in this, don’t give up! Remember, there are no losers in Camp NaNoWriMo!

Also, if you have hit your 50k, don’t forget that you can go on the website and validate your novel. I will do so Friday night probably. Saturday I am not going to be home.

Day Twenty-Seven – I spoke too soon.

Song of the Day: Anarchy in the UK, by The Sex Pistols

Word Count – 68,181

Well I was lucky to get in about a thousand words – there’s still problems at work I got to take care of.

You see, I’m the system administrator for a bunch of servers at work. Right now some of our servers are acting up and causing test cycles to be delayed.

And don’t worry – there isn’t anarchy in the United Kingdom.

At this rate, I can hit seventy five thousand words at best. Seventy thousand will be