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Musings about National Novel Writing Month during the madness of November.

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Wrap-Up!

We’re officially ten days into the month, which means if you should have somewhere between 15,000 and 16,667 words.

draco colapse

I don’t know about you guys, but I made a mistake in not doing my chapter outlines before I started working on my story. I’m now working on my outlines as I’m writing, which is turning out fine, but I’m finding that I need to stretch my story out over more words. I don’t know exactly how far I am in my story, but I’m further along than I should be…

I am really enjoying this, though. I’m writing way more than I usually do, of course, but I’ve done better at managing my time to fit this into my schedule, too. It’s all because of to-do lists. Seriously, if you don’t do a daily to-do list, I suggest changing that, because they’ve saved my life on occasion.

Should you be curious, I’m not using Word to write my story. Instead, I’m using, which I’ve found is great for NaNo. 750words is a site where you’re supposed to write 750 words a day, and during November is great for taking NaNo a day at a time. What’s really cool too is it’ll give you statistics about what you’ve written — the emotions its centered on, whether or not it’s intro/extroverted, whether you’re positive or negative, and so on. It also gives a list of the words you use most often and just cool things to look at in general. Then when I’m done on 750words, I copy and paste everything in a google doc so I can access it on all of my devices.

Now let’s look at some of the best of my Facebook and Twitter posts regarding NaNo so far:





This week has been really fun so far, and even if I get distracted sometimes (okay, a lot of times, but it’s hard to work on NaNo when your friends are joking around), it’s still a lot of fun to do. And I’m proud of my story so far, even if I didn’t start planning it out until October 31… I think it has great potential, and I’m hoping at some point to publish it.

Piece of advice to NaNo writers this week: take a break every twenty minutes or so. Walk around, shake out your wrists, maybe do a dance. Trust me; your body will thank you.

Well, that’s all for now! Good luck, and happy writing!

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NaNoWriMo is Starting and I’m Not Prepared

i can't tell if scared or excited but i'm dying

(Screaming in the distance)

How ready are you for the start of the most chaotic month for writers? I’m not ready at all! All this talk about Halloween and adjusting to dorm life and I completely forgot that NaNo was a thing until this morning.

Here’s the calendar for this year:


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Basically you should write 1667 words a day, which doesn’t sound like much until you have to actually write it.
Then it’s awful.

brb dying

I plan on being more dedicated this year but I’m not sure how possible that is with finals coming up at the start of December. Also I feel like NaNo makes the month go by even faster than it already does, and then before I know it, it’s Christmas time (although as far as my roommate and I are concerned, Christmas time starts November 1, since if we wait until after Thanksgiving, we won’t have long to appreciate our cute dorm decorations)! Maybe I’ll try to do weekly wrap-ups regarding NaNo, and I’ll watch progress videos for Booktubers to keep me inspired.

I don’t really know; I’m anticipating a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. And less sleep. Thank the lord we get an extra hour of the day. Use that hour to write!

Break time

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Nim’s Journal: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4

I’VE CROSSED THE 10,000 WORD LINE (AKA my goal)!!!!!!!!!!!




There are no words to explain how excited and relieved I am! Even though my novel’s faaar from finished (seriously, far x10000000), it feels good to meet your goal at the end of the month.

self satisfied

But I do have a favor to ask you guys. I need your help on fancasting. Here are my characters’ physical attributes:

  • Adelaide Mills: Brunette w/ brown eyes
  • Adam Maxwell: Blond w/ blue eyes
  • Joanna Wakesford: Redhead with hazel eyes

Is it obvious on whom I used in my head for Ad and Adam?

Anyways, I really need your help. I did have a few ideas for Adelaide (mainly Hayley Atwell or Amy Acker) but I seriously can’t cast anyone for the life of me. So can you guys help me? Pleaaase?





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Nim’s Journal: Camp NaNoWriMo Week 3

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!! Sorry, hi! It’s Nim here! Sorry for the super late post (Nim, try 1 day), STAAR is an absolute killer.

my poor bby<———- Did you mean all the 8th graders in my school? (Yeah, we stumble around as if we got tortured in Afghanistan. Call me dramatic, but nobody likes the STAAR. Nobody.[Pardon my terrible sense of humor])

I’m officially 75% of the way through Camp, and I’ve verified my writing too! My story just got into the nitty-gritty details. If you are wondering where I am in the story, my characters are about to fly to Cabo San Lucas to get away from assassins. Yup, super hardcore writer over here (woot woot)!

So, how’s your story going? Aren’t you excited to be reaching the finish line? I know I am. 😉

bby laugh




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Nim’s Journal: Camp NaNo Week 2

Hi guys, it’s Nim again! Just a quick check-in with you guys!How’s your writing going?

Somehow, I’ve been able to keep up with the word count in the midst of a State Math Competition (wow such a nerd), multiple tests and papers (ugh), and a fandom war (ew). We’re halfway through (!!!!!!!!!!!!!), but the problem for me is that I’m barely on chapter 4… oops?


Anyways, my main point is: How is the writing? Have the juices stopped? Here’s some quick advice: Procrastinate and find mood music or create a board on Pinterest. That’s what I do when I get bored of writing. Feel free to drop by the comment box and leave a quick note for us! Once again, I’m nimishaas on Camp, so come say “Hi” to me!!



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Nim’s Journal: Camp NaNo Week 1

Hey guys, it’s Nim here! Don’t worry, I’m not doing a cheesy blog entry today. This week’s check in will be short and sweet.

So today marks the official end of week 1, and according to my word limit (10,000 words thank goodness), I have 7,433 words left to reach that goal. That’s right, I have written 2,567 words in 6 days!


*cricket noises* Okay, so I skipped writing on Saturday, but hey, girl needs her break too. I know 333 words a day isn’t that much, but still, this girl would love a break. Especially with a ton of school and stuff breathing down my neck.


Anyways, I’ve written a birthday of the secondary character, a trip to the mall, 2 perverted dudes, 1 Chipotle meltdown, a beach party, flirtation, and a “nice guy”. I feel pretty accomplished, especially because it’s not going how NaNo did (which, by the way, went TERRIBLY). So how are your novels going? Have you reached the breaking point? Or are you just getting started? Drop by the comments, I’d love to hear how your Camp experience is going!



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Nim’s Journal: Camp NaNoWriMo- April

Hey guys! It’s Nim here, and this blog is starting a new series of events. Give it up for… *drumroll* NIM’S JOURNAL OF CAMP NANOWRIMO!!!

Basically, I’m doing what Shelby did back in November, but I will be updating and will NOT be abandoning it. 😉

So here’s the basics:


  1. I will be updating every Tuesday. There will be one special post celebrating the end on May 1st, 2015. oh sallen

That’s it. That’s all the guidelines of my journal. Hehe. But anyways, let’s get on with the prologue:

Dear Journal,

Today’s the day before Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m super prepared, my novel is ready, my notepad is ready, I’m in a cabin, all I gotta do is actually write 300 words a day. That should be easy… right? I’m excited to write my novel, it’s called Miles Out of Town and here’s the synopsis:

I’ve always been told that when you fall in love, it’s almost like the movies. Your heart skips, your mouth runs dry, and you think “They’re the one for me.” My mother would always sigh and croon, “Lay, when you fall in love, make sure you document every single second you’re around them. You’ll never know what may happen in the future.” I would reply, “Mama, how do I know I’m in love?” Her response, was that I would know in that moment. It just so happened that my moment came during my best friend’s pool party. But no one ever told me that I’d fall in love with a runaway agent of an empire so large, it controlled every single second of our lives.

… It kinda sounds bad, but I think I’ve got it under control. I have my Pinterest board (super teen-y I know) and music ready, now all i gotta do is get my head in the game.

Signing off,


Did that sound journal-y enough? Alright, I’m done being a sap. Once again, I’m nimishaas on Camp, and if you’re joining along in the journey, come say “Hi” to me! I like talking (if you couldn’t tell) to fellow scribes! Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. 😉



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I’m a NaNoWriMo Loser :sad face:

srs sads

So if you’re like me (or Shelby), you did not finish NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe life got in the way. Maybe your story sucked — mine sure did. Whatever the multitude of possible reasons for not finishing this year, congratulate yourself just for participating. Give yourself a pat on the back, or find a friend and have them do it. They might look at you a little weird, but you deserve it!

You may be wondering what to do with that unfinished story. The obvious answer is to finish it, of course. You might be saying, “But Heather, it was awful. The writing was terrible, the plot was boring, and my own characters irritated me!” To that, I say join the club! Then, figure out what it was about your story that you liked, keep those parts, and ditch the rest. There’s no time limit now, so you can really put quality work into it. Or, if you’re like me and had abandoned what you were already working on to do NaNoWriMo, put your story on the back burner for a while. Write the one you’re excited about right now!

Camp NaNoWriMo is in April, and there’s another in June, if you like having a community of writers supporting you, but there’s really no need to wait that long! On the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30 to 5:30, join the meeting of the Teen Writing Group for anyone in grades 6-12. We talk about what we’re working on, we have writing exercises, and we even play storytelling games!


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…And It’s Over (NaNoWriMo Week 4)

It’s over guys! A big pat on the back because WE SURVIVED!!!!!

Boo-yah (Again, this awesome gif isn’t mine)

I finished (barely) at 50,500, but I’m not going to validate (mainly because I went back and deleted most of it because man it was awful. I literally wrote just to reach the limit. For me? Quantity over Quality. :/). But it was too much fun, at least I had a good story this year (?). So, how did you guys do? I bet your stories were MUCH MUCH MUCH better than mine. But yay we survived!!

Go us!



swag (gifs not mine!)


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NaNoWriMo: Week 3

Hey guys! It’s Nim here, taking over Shelby (who kinda… quit after Day 5). Heather and I have been working on our stories, and our month long journey is almost over (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the end of week 3, and I finally caught up to the “on-par” progress, which I’m super excited about. However, it’s the beginning of week 4, and for me? That starts the slowing of the creative juices, especially when you need to reach that 50,000 word limit. Here’s my profile:


And I officially have only 12,300 words to go!!

Kensibeingadorables (gif not mine)

And no, I’m not publishing my story, because it’s a stupid idea my friend and I came up with and she’s going to be the only one to ever see it. (Though the prologue is on my Wattpad account… oops)

Aaaaaaanywaaaaaaaays, drop a comment in the reply box! I wanna know how your NaNo is going (and whether you think you’re going to be able to hit the 50,000 words, cuz I’m probably gonna go up to 49,999 *sheepish grin*)!!! Keep on writing awesomes!!

(And did anyone go to the NaNo event at our FloMo Library this Saturday? I would’ve, but my parents thought Peruvian Gold was the better choice :/)



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