The Month of April and CampNaNo

30 Mar
Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

Hello all! April 1st is fast approaching and I’ll be writing a novel in 30 days while participating in CampNaNoWriMo. I’m super excited. But writing 1667 words a day will be tough so I’m not sure I’ll be blogging every day. Speaking of, I haven’t been blogging every day this week (I don’t think) because I’ve been preparing for CampNaNo, and I’ve been in a great deal of pain this week. Stop hunching over the keyboard

My mouse is fixed, and I got one of those keyboard wrist rest things, which I love. Now if I could just get a new chair..Ahhhh My back would feel so much better. We were at Staples Wednesday or Thursday and we were going to get me a chair while they had this one I liked on SALE for $39.99 but OF COURSE they were out of them and they wouldn’t let me buy the display one, though Mr. Rockstar really didn’t want me to get the display one (germs, dirty, etc–yes, he has a bit of a germ OCD thing, but not too bad). So I’m stuck with my old office chair that is comfortable enough, but it’s the old kind with the metal balls that make it roll and two of the balls are missing out of the thing so it won’t really roll, you sort of have to half drag half roll it.

My posterboard for my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo

My posterboard for my novel for Camp NaNoWriMo

So now on to the writing, and Camp and how prepared I’m trying to be. I am using the trial version of Scrivener right now. I love it! I wish Scrivener and OneNote would have a baby and that would be my BABY of writing tools. I’ve also put up a poster-board with quotes, post-it notes with character information, along with my cork board that’s on the wall in front of my desk, which also has index cards with chapter information, etc. I’ve gotten serious about this novel thing. I will accomplish my goal and win Camp NaNoWriMo. I can do it! I am so excited. I’m hoping I will still be able to at least write a post for the daily prompts (the one’s that interest me) or post how I’m doing with my writing, or maybe just some inspiration…I’ll be busy but the blog helps me think and get my mind in the right gear for writing. Don't be a writer Be writing

I’m just not sure how supportive my family is going to be with it. Mr. Rockstar understands now that the Camp NaNoWriMo is to help me write my novel. A novel in 30 days? Well, I might not finish the novel, and it will definitely need to be edited, but I’m hoping I will at least complete my goal, and maybe even my book, and then I can take a break from it for a month and go back and read it in June so I can edit it. Whether I finish the novel or not isn’t as important as writing it is, or as important as accomplishing my goal. I’m hoping that they’ll be understanding though. It’s definitely going to be a change for them. You can tell how serious a writer you are

Stephen-King-quoteThe best way to write a book is just just start writing and keep writing. That’s the problem I’ve had previously–I’ll start a novel and get 3 chapters into it and then I get stuck, or I think it’s shit…and then I put it in a drawer and forget about it. I’ve done that with about 10 wannabe novels. No More!!! I found a quote by Stephen King that fits. I’ll be reading it quite often during the month of April :D. I’m awake, it’s 5:09 AM here. I’m the only one awake. I’ve been up all night. I’ve had a touch of insomnia lately because of the pain (though I think drinking so much coffee might also have something to do with it). Speaking of, while I was in Big Lot’s earlier today I picked up some more index cards, some more highlighter’s, an extra thing of coffee and a large thing of half-n-half, as well as some thumb tacks. I’m ready! Well, I’m almost ready. I still need to finish my outline. 12 and half writing rules

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll be back full swing with the blog May 1st :D.


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8 responses to “The Month of April and CampNaNo

  1. Creative Mysteries

    March 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I’m shooting for 43,000 in Camp. Depending on how things go I might not blog as frequently either. But posting excerpts, progress, and how your experience is going sounds like a good idea. I wish you the best of luck! If you’re looking for support you can check out this NaNoWriMo Facebook group. They go on year-round and they’re a great bunch. 🙂

    I need to check out this Scrivener software. I’ve heard great things about it. Maybe it it could help me?

    • Lissa

      March 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

      My goal is listed as 30,000, but I’m shooting for 50,000. Thanks to the link for the FB group, I’m in 2 others already and it’s so much easier on FB than in the Forums to chat (I can’t tell when someone has responded to something I’ve written in the Forum, not sure if you can or if I’m such a newbie I just haven’t figured it out yet). 😀 I love Srivener. I am still learning the details of it, and I’m also backing everything up in an MS Word document, and on my flashdrive as well just in case. I’m so excited. This is my first real chance at NaNo.

  2. Creative Mysteries

    March 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Happy to hear. Best of luck to you and most of all, have fun 🙂

  3. Susan B Raven

    March 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    My goodness! It can take me all day to compose a paragraph. I appreciate the writing tips. Good luck to you!

  4. tonettedelaluna

    March 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Wanted to stop by and say hello. 🙂 I also have Scrivener at the ready. My apartment has mirrored closet doors so I have a huge writing area for ideas, mindmapping, and checklists. Something I’ve found to be helpful is Dragon Dictate. It’s an acquired taste but once you get the hang of it, your word count soars. (Editing that puppy is another thing, but NaNo’s about getting those words out.) Ha! I just realize if you ramble, leave it until the end of the month. Word count!!

    Good luck with your writing and see you at camp!


    • Lissa

      March 30, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. 😀 What is Dragon Dictate?
      Good luck to you as well.

      • tonettedelaluna

        March 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

        Oh, that’s right. Per your bucket list, you’re still on PC. Dragon Dictate is speech recognition dictation software for Mac. For PC, it’s Dragon Naturally Speaking. Hand injuries and carpal tunnel led to the purchase. Also, you can create your story while lying down. Helps ease the back, too. 🙂

  5. Lissa

    March 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I have a speech recognition program through Windows that’s decent I’ve just never used it. I am in the process of checking it out. Not sure if I could dictate my story like that. But it would be helpful to be able to rest while I write my story.


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