Campfire Stories

After participating in NaNoWriMo in November, I wasn’t sure if I would also gather ’round for their “camp” sessions, which are less structured, and can have any target word count. I thought I should save up that kind of marathon energy for a once-a-year event.

By the time April rolled around, though, I knew a deadline was all that was going to motivate me to knock out some crucial scenes for the novel I started in November. I figured, why not just a little campfire story? Surely I can work time for that into my schedule. (And maybe sneak in a few chocolates and marshmallows while “camping out” with @NaNoWordSprints, my favorite writing prompt buddies!) So I set a small goal of 10,000 words, which I handily achieved.

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NaNoWriMo 2013: I feel like a winner!

By the numbers, I didn’t “win” NaNoWriMo. I didn’t clinch the prize of having a draft filled with 50,000 words, and I certainly do not have a document that is in any way ready for publishing. But, I feel like I won. I attempted something that I would have typically considered impossible, and just the fact that I was able to get somewhere with it … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2013: I feel like a winner!

NaNoWriMo 2013: Sprints can surprise you

If you’ve ever competed in a sport, you probably know that your body can surprise you sometimes, especially when you push it to the limit and a prize is in sight. Writing sprints are no different from a physical sprint. It’s just for your brain. You tell your brain, “Hey, guess what? We’re gonna go FULL POWER NONSTOP and see what happens!” At first, your … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2013: Sprints can surprise you

NaNoWriMo 2013: I’m doing it!

I don’t often get motivated enough to write in my spare time like I dream of doing in my head. In order to put an end to that, I’ve finally decided (after many years of saying “next year”) to dive into NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. This is also how I intend to honor a promise I made to myself in college as an … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2013: I’m doing it!