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Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Where did June go? This time next month, I’ll be asking the same about July. I can guarantee you that much.

Today or whenever you happen to be reading this is a good time to sit down and write. As long as you do, you’ll have more words to your name than what you started with.

Whether or not you’re taking part in this year’s Camp, I wish you good luck. Remember I’m sending positive vibes your way.

I hope to see all of you on July 31st with some words written somewhere. Don’t disappoint although I know you won’t.

Happy writing. Please don’t neglect your blogs (too much). I plan on reading your posts when I’m not writing.

Blogging · Personal Reflection

The July-August Transition

The first day of August is a couple hours away (where I live of course). And if that doesn’t scare you then you’ve probably already accomplished something this year. You have, haven’t you? But if you’re just realizing you have about 5 more months left in 2014 to make it memorable, don’t fret because there are others in the same boat as you. Like, for example, me.

Since it’s going to be a new month, I will strive to be a better blogger because once school starts, all bets are off.

Here’s what I hope to do in August to make up for my inadequacy as a blogger in September all the way to June…(Speaking of inadequacy, the title of my post is horrendous. Moving on…)

  • Leave at least one comment on somebody’s blog every day. It will most likely be someone I am following. If I’m not following you and you’re reading this, you have every right to yell at me.
  • Post at least once a day. I’ve done well in the past several months so I want to continue to blog daily. More importantly, what I post won’t be total gibberish or complete nonsense. I’ll try to make my posts meaningful or insightful. Possibly both. I’m open to suggestions as well. If there’s something you want me to cover that I haven’t already, I will gladly do so. Unless you ask me to write about cars.
  • The last goal may be the hardest one of all: Work on being funnier than I was the day before. Why? Because I’m going back to school—entering grade 12—in September and I think I at least deserve one month where I can be stress free, relaxed, and happy.

Do I look like someone who breaks my promises? The correct answer is no. If I do, however, fail to meet one or all of the above, go ahead; report me to the blogging police for lying under oath.

If you love me more by the end of this, thank you. I love you too. If you hate this blog and still do by the end of August, that’s okay too. I’ll like you a little less.

Have an amazing day. If you’re reading this in August, happy August!

Personal Reflection · Writing

10 Things Participating In NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me

Camp NaNoWriMo is drawing to a close. Remember when July 1st rolled around?

The Start Of July = Camp NaNoWriMo Madness Begins

More importantly, participating in this month long endeavour has given me a few lessons I will surely take down the road as a writer, a student, and as a person.

I’ve come a long way from not having any idea to nearly having a first draft of a novel complete in one month.

NaNoWriMo has taught me 10 unforgettable things that not only apply to writers but to students and even to average human beings.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2013

I’ve learned (in no particular order):

  1. To always plan ahead.
  2. To develop a (writing) routine and stick with it.
  3. To allocate more time than necessary to complete a project.
  4. To silence the inner editor/critic/perfectionist.
  5. To learn when and how to say no.
  6. To stay efficient.
  7. To avoid distractions.
  8. To keep my sanity intact.
  9. To live a little.
  10. And anything is possible. You just have to want and work for it.
Writing

The Start Of July = Camp NaNoWriMo Madness Begins

I cannot believe that July is right around the corner. Which means Camp NaNoWriMo is starting again.

Are you participating? Are you attempting such a feat? Are you ready?

Can you do it? 50,000 words in one month? All from scratch?

Dare to take the challenge? Or are you modifying the word count to accommodate your hectic schedule and responsibilities? Whatever it is, just remember to have fun. Don’t stress yourself out. Breathe. Be happy!

Excited? Nervous? Anxious? Scared? Happy? Prepared? Ready?

Remember writing is difficult. Writing a novel is even more difficult. But I applaud you, great writer, for challenging yourself mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and even physically.

Good luck to everyone taking part this year.

Get ready. Get set. And you’re almost ready to go!Camp NaNoWriMo