You don’t know what that is? Well, no worries, I will help educate you.
NaNoWriMo happens every November, when you aim to write
50 000 words during that month. It’s really only a competition against yourself,
but it’s a fun social event.
Every April and July, there’s Camp NaNoWriMo, which
is a lot looser in format (for one, you can choose your own word count target),
and you get assigned "cabins" with a private chat.
Attempts at NaNoWriMo
Camp April 2015
I did it! Four completed short stories, the outline for a novella (or full-length novel),
and the beginning of two more stories.
- The Angel Maker: 1st draft (8.6k), contemporary ghost story
- The Fiddler: 1st draft (11k), contemporary folklore
- Priestess of Ran: 1st draft (12.3k), Viking age war/supernatural
- Why did it have to be snakes?: 1st draft (8.7k), contemporary supernatural
- Forgive and forget: Unfinished 1st draft (2.4k), Viking age struggle for independence
- Dreams: 1st draft under revision (4.1k), contemporary dream world
- The Honeysuckle Maiden: Unfinished 1st draft (1.5k), contemporary/historical supernatural
Instead of writing the aforementioned sequel, I wrote the third in the trilogy,
and while I finished with 55k, the story itself ended up closer to 65k in the
Resting and being refocused so it can be filled up with the things for 2nd draft
Camp July 2014
I had intended to write the free-standing sequel to Nov 2013, but ended up
distracted, so I had to forfeit that camp. The sequel is still in my to-be-written
The story I had intended to write the year before, had gotten a year to work, and
it was better for it. The characters had matured, and I had a far better idea
on what story I was actually telling.
2nd draft, in process of being translated into English
I had originally intended to write erotica, but I now know that I can’t do that.
Also, due to not having prepared for NaNo at all, I barely hit 30k on it before
the end of November.