NaNoWriMo 2020!

November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is a worldwide charity that helps people write their novels and pieces of literature. November is the big month, where WriMo’s aim to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This works out to an average of 1667 words per day.

I have taken part in NaNo 3 times previously, and have also done their CampNaNo’s in July and August, where people are encouraged to write whatever they want, for whatever length, for the whole month to encourage people to create something new and exciting for the world of writing. I talk about my previous experience in this blog here. 2020 has undoubtedly been a tough year, and I have actually had some pretty bad writers block for most of it: It can be hard to truly escape the world when the news is constantly bombarding you with the latest figures and depressing stats. But as England has now gone into another 4 week long Lockdown, I thought now would be the time to truly dive into my imagination and try and get back to creating something new.

If you want to find out more, you can find the website here. If any of you are taking part, please do connect with me online! My NaNo username is TailsMcleod. And if you have any writing prompts to throw at me to help with the writer’;s block please do let me know!

Stay safe guys and I’ll see you soon!

T xxx

The End of Camp NaNoWriMo

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My end word total for my Camp NaNoWriMo project:

32,098 words

My goal had been 30,000 but in hindsight I actually think I could have tried to push myself and tried a bigger target. In November the goal is 50,000 and with how my story was going and how much time I had to write, I think 50,000 would have been a more decent goal during isolation. So far my 30,000 words are only just scratching the surface of my story!

May will now be spent writing even more of this story. I am not going to set myself any word count goals, as Camp NaNo made me realise that I focus more on the word count than I do on the actual story itself. If it takes me 100,000 words then so be it, so long as my story is well rounded, well written and a true journey for the reader. So my goal for May will now be to finish my story – and by that I mean have all of the main plot points written so that June can then be spent editing and rearranging the story to make sure it flows as it should.

How did you guys all do with CampNaNoWriMo? What was your end total and what are your next steps with your story? Let me know in the comments as I always love to see how everyone else tackles these big challenges.

T xxx

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020

2020 has already thrown all of my plans out of whack: I wanted to travel more this year, spend more time socialising, see my friends and family more often, take on some new learning courses…..until 2020 put a big old OUT OF ORDER sign across the whole world. So….damn it.

One of my big things every year is NaNoWriMo (or National Novel Writing Month as it is also called) which happens every November. It is a charity organisation that helps thousands of people across the world in writing 50,000 words in 30 days. It is a lot (I have so far succeeded in this task twice, out of the three years of doing this event) but it also a great little creative project that I can do for free and where I can also meet some new people.

Every April and June is their Camp NaNoWriMo, whereby you can write how ever much you want about whatever you want: short stories, poems, screen plays, blogs – anything! I am currently using this time to try and write 30,000 words in 30 days, although on Day 1 I may have to change that goal: I am already on 3000 words!

If you are like me and you want something that is social but also creative, or even if you just want to have a look around, you can do so here. Also just a little heads up that if my posting becomes a bit erratic, it’s because I’m either way too into my project story, or I need a break from the fictional world!

If you do decide to take part/already take part, let me know in the comments below so that I can cheer you on! Stay safe out there everyone! 

T xxx