Camp NaNoWriMo – A Review

So, I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo this year, and boy is it a different beast to normal NaNoWriMo. If the November session is a huge street party of creativity, the Carnevale of writing, Camp NaNoWriMo truly is a camp. That one you went on when you were like thirteen, stuck in the woods or up a mountain with a group of the least talkative people. You know those ones who refuse to participate in the activities and sit in the corner on their phones/game consoles?

I’m certain that if you have people you can share your cabin with, it would be an awesome, supportive, inspiring experience. Unfortunately, that was not my lot this year. Maybe next year. Who knows?

That said, there were some amazing parts of Camp NaNoWriMo:

  • the ability to define your own goal
  • the thrill of seeing the word count rise
  • the race against the trajectory line
  • I got so much done on my Daughter of Kings edits
  • discounts!

Will I do it again?


Would I do it again with a randomly assigned cabin?


Did you participate this year?

How did you find the experience?

(All gifs from GIPHY)

3 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo – A Review

  1. Brigid Gorry-Hines says:

    Sorry your cabin was so quiet! That has happened to me many times in the past. This time around my cabin was pretty good, but the conversation died down more and more as the month went on. 😛 I also like that you can set your own goal for Camp, and having a cabin is a nice feature (if the other people actually participate, haha). But it’s kind of a mixed experience; it’s just not the huge wave of enthusiasm that happens during regular NaNo.

    Congrats on getting a lot of edits done. 🙂 I was continuing my NaNo ’15 novel, and my goal was to add 15k words to the first draft. I got to around 12k and then I started to fall behind … and I just totally burned out during the last few days. I’m glad I made that progress, though. And it helped me realize I need to figure out a few things with the story before I continue with it, so I guess that’s a good thing!

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