Are You Ready for Camp NaNo?


I’m a planner. I might have mentioned that a few times.

It wasn’t always that way.

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I used to do my homework on the bus in the morning on the way to school. For years my teachers probably thought I had a problem with writing as my scrawl will have been like a spider scuttling across the page. My writing ISN’T good, but it was the bus speeding between potholes. Honest, Sir!

But, things are different now aren’t they? No, not really. I do leave things to the last-minute and wing it a lot of the time. Though I could argue that I plan it that way. This year’s Camp NaNo an excellent case in point.

I decided at the end of 2012 that my two challenges this year would be the A to Z Challenge and July NaNo.

A to Z done and dusted (and almost recovered from) and July is ages away.


Wait, July is NEXT MONDAY.

My intention was still to take part in July NaNo even though I’m still finishing the latest draft of I Can See You and other than a few notes and the story rolling around inside my mind, I had no plan in place for the 2nd book in the series.

One week to go. ARE YOU CRAZY?

Nobody answer that. My sanity has nothing to do with this challenge. I have left things until the last-minute, but a few nights ago I set up the new file on Scrivener and at about 23:00, I decided to bullet a couple of points to at least show willing.

After half an hour and three pages of notes later, I decided I was done for the day, just before the day finishedΒ with me. The following morning, I added another page and have already loosely mapped out a good deal of the book. I didn’t realise it was all coiled up inside waiting to be unleashed.

When I plan, I like to leave a lot of leeway to be sidetracked and go off on tangents with the story or the characters. I will plan out the first 7 chapters and last two in a little more details over the next couple of days as I already know the ending, which gives me something to twist and turn towards as I dig deeper into the story.

From being a million miles away from being able to start Camp NaNo I now feel I have a map on how to get to the campsite and I have at least assembled my clothes ready to pack. A far cry fromΒ completing my homework on the bus to school. Only just.

Are you Camping NaNo style this year?

If you’re interested, you can read all about Camp NaNo here and rather than forcing you to write 50,000 words in one month, you get to choose how many words you’re aiming to write. You’re in control πŸ™‚

Happy writing!


About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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30 Responses to Are You Ready for Camp NaNo?

  1. I tend to work more energetically when a deadline is pressing, Pete. No matter how many promises I make to myself that I’m going to get more organised next time, it never seems to happen. Maybe we are more creative when we have less time to think? Good luck with Camp Nano ~ Sounds like you’re ahead of the game to me! πŸ™‚

    • Pete Denton says:

      You know I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. I think I am more creative when I have less time to think. When the deadline is looming and I just write. I need to approach NaNo with that attitude I think. Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Pete. This was gonna be my year – Camp NaNo here I came. Am now sidelined with knee surgery – which leaves me sort of non compos mente for 10 days, So keep reminding us, and next time it will be Camp NaNo here I come on two legs!

  3. misskzebra says:

    I was the kind to start essays during the lunchtime before the lesson.

    Been counting down the days for NaNo and I can’t wait to get started. I feel quite ready, but I don’t even know exactly where this book will finish.

  4. I am, Pete! I’ve gone to the site and signed up. Haven’t put a blurb in there yet tho. And I’m trying the other July NaNo site, Yes, I’ve signed up for both because I have friends on both sites. No, I don’t have to write 2 books, lol. I’m Connie Cockrell on both sites.

  5. Julie says:

    Gearing up for Camp myself. Just need to review and tweak my outline. Monday’s a holiday here, so I’ll have a full day to dig into it right at the start, which makes me deliriously happy. πŸ™‚

    • Pete Denton says:

      Good that you have a full day to start. I’m sure once you’re in the thick of things the words will flow!

      We’re still off next week so I’m hoping to blitz away for the first 8 days. I love starting a new story. πŸ™‚

  6. Laura Hogan says:

    You’ve inspired me to go camping! I’ve just set a 10,000 word challenge *gulps*

  7. jmmcdowell says:

    No NaNo for me, but I will continue to plan out the next story. After wondering if I could really pull it off, I think I’m getting a handle on it. Fingers crossed. I think it could be a really good one if I’m up to the writing….

  8. Kourtney Heintz says:

    I don’t NaNo, but I am very supportive of NaNoers. πŸ™‚ Wow, that is a hectic summer though. A to Z blogging and then NaNo.

  9. mamabeanablog says:

    Good Luck Pete! Hope your summer is going well πŸ™‚

  10. Good luck with Camp NaNo! I’m in too. πŸ™‚

  11. subtlekate says:

    Already. Wow time flies. Not sure…and it’s the 2nd so probably not.

  12. Camp Pantser! Beth

  13. Ryan Bolton says:

    Solid writing style, man.

  14. gpcox says:

    I participated a few years back – quite the heart pumping experience, fun.

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