Camp NaNoWriMo June 2012


Nope I do not learn. Even after the trials and tribulations I endured writing for NaNo (otherwise known as National November writing month) last November I’ve decided to enter into Camp NaNoWriMo this June. The idea is like the November Nano you write 50,000 words during the month of June, so by the end of the month you have a novella or the beginning of a novel. The story has to be completely new, and you can only begin writing during the Nano month. It’s slightly less strict from what I can tell than the November Nano and you can choose to write it solo, or to be placed within a cabin of four to six people.

So how is it that I somehow think that this June I will somehow grasp the discipline to write at least 1667 words every day? I’m no better at an authoritarian demand for words than I was a few months ago, what am I thinking? At the moment denial and determination is gritting the path to stop me running of in the opposite direction, but any hints and tips for writing discipline will be most welcome. When it comes down to it I’m a optimistic opportunist so to make this happen, my plan so far is:

  • Set up a routine – I plan to get up at 5am every morning and write for a least an hour, hopefully writing some more in the evening and in large chunks at the weekend
  • Keep it easy – Make sure you have a freezer full of pre made home made meals that you can just reheat saving time on cooking and washing large numbers of dishes and pans.
  • Keep it clean – either makes sure the house is clean (or clean enough that you can live with it if you’re not that bothered about housework) or make sure it is hidden so it can’t distract you
  • Talking of distractions – Minimise distractions: keep the internet off, switch of the phone and make sure you’re logged out of all social networking websites and away from any other distractions.
  • Don’t worry – If you get behind on your daily or monthly word count don’t worry. Worry is just a waste of energy that can be used better to get your creative juices flowing. If needs be walk away and do something else for a while, don’t keep fretting at it.
  • Have fun – Even if you plan to publish your Nano eventually, enjoy the journey, writing is fun. If you make it a chore it looses some of its charm. Like all jobs though it is hard and there are some aspects of the job  you dislike, grit your teeth get through these things and the rest of the time love what you do.

Wish me luck, I’ll keep blogging regularly with updates on how I’m doing.

About V C Willow

V C Willow has always loved to write and read for pleasure. During her teenage years she wrote a lot of poetry but graduated to writing Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic Fiction, Urban Fantasy and Suspense as she reached her twenties. She is a geek and comic nerd. A very keen reader, an enthusiastic cook and gardener and loves to craft. She's even been known to get down and dirty and do some DIY. V.C live in Manchester, England with her ball of cat fluff, Willow. She is currently writing her début fantasy novel. You can follow her authors page on Facebook at: Connect with her on Linked in at: Follow her on Twitter: Follow her on Goodreads: )O(
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4 Responses to Camp NaNoWriMo June 2012

  1. Kerry Hooper says:

    You will be fine. Be confident and believe in your self vic. X

  2. news says:

    Could you message me with some pointers on how you made this website look this awesome, Id be thankful.

    • vcwillow says:

      To be honest, News I just go to the dashboard, then choose a theme and play about with the chosen theme, changing colours, text, etc. All I can advise really is giving yourself time to get familiar with your blog site and play around a lot with different themes, colours, styles etc. Don’t be afraid to try something even if it doesn’t work it can be changed back and altered again. Hope that helps somewhat. V

  3. vcwillow says:

    Thank you for your kind words Kerry Hooper. V

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