Wednesday, August 29, 2012

50,092 words for the win!

Happy news on this Wednesday: I crossed the Camp NaNoWriMo finish line last night!

I ending up writing just over 50,000 words in twenty-eight days. My project, a family history memoir, is nowhere near complete, but I'm happy to have made such a significant dent in it. My cabinmates were supportive and encouraging, and we had a lot of fun writing together. Although I've participated in NaNoWriMo many times, this was my first experience with Camp Nano. I'll definitely go camping again!

Also on the writing front this month: I bought two new books: Now Write! Nonfiction and The 3 A.M. Epiphany. I'm looking forward to reading the first one because it contains several writing exercises pertaining to memoir and creative nonfiction, which I'm certain will be helpful as I finish my Camp NaNo project and look toward revising my own memoir. The second book looks great as well. Its focus is fiction, which I'm eager to start writing once again. I have to—those voices in my head need to get out!

So that's been my month in a nutshell—"camping" and reading. How was your August? Did you read anything great? Do a lot of writing? What's been keeping you busy?

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  1. Great job on completing Camp Nano! :D It's hard to do - I didn't have the discipline!

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely a tiring month, but I feel like I made so much headway. I'm glad I did it. :)

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  2. Woot! Good for you! I've never done Camp Nano before: glad to hear that you had fun!

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  3. Terrific job! I've never did Camp Nano or the regular one either. I admire those who do it though. I'm just busy editing my stuff. Preparing for querying this fall.

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    1. Thanks—and best of luck with your editing and querying!

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  4. Congratulations! That's awesome. :) I'll be doing NaNo in November. It'll be my tenth year. August was a busy month and so I didn't get a lot of time to write. Here's hoping September makes up for it!

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    1. Thanks!

      NaNo is great! I'll see you there in November. :)

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  5. Congratulations! I honestly don't know if I could ever write that many words-too many interruptions! Thanks for your kind words on my blog about Kindergarten. I'll be thinking of you and your son next week!

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    1. Thanks, Kim.

      I appreciate the good thoughts about kindergarten. I need them. :)

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  6. Congrats on the 50,000 words in twenty eight days. :) Sounds like a great project.

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  7. Is this a writing camp? It sounds awesome. I wish South Africa had things like that. Wow and 50 000 words Well Done!

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    1. It's kind of a virtual writing camp. Check out the link above. It's a lot of fun! You should try NaNoWriMo in November. (The link for that one is also in my post.)

      Thanks, Vivian!

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  8. Congratulations! I've nearly finished mine, just a couple of thousand to go! :)

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  9. No greater feeling than achieving that goal. Good for you! Are you going to be sharing any snips?

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I won't be sharing any snips from this draft--maybe a future one.

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  10. Congratulations! That's awesome! I've never done Camp Nano before, but I'd like to try sometime. I might have to wait until my kids are little more self-sufficient before I can do it with any success, but I'll see what the future brings.

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    1. Thanks! I sometimes have a problem with motivation, and I find that NaNo really helps with that. I recommend it. :)

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  11. My goal for September is 30,000 words into my latest book (which I'm just starting). You inspire me! I'm trying to arrange my life to go to camp.

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    1. I hope you do go someday. It was a great experience for me!

      Good luck with your latest book!

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  12. Woohoo, congratulations! Sounds like you had a great camp out. ;)

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  13. congrats and am looking forward to hearing or I mean reading those voices screaming to get wrote down LOL.

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    1. Haha! I am, too. ;)

      Thanks, Janice.

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  14. That's an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations!!!

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  15. Congratulations! That's an awesome accomplishment!

    Me? I'm doing a lot of writing. I revised the first book of my series, and will soon resubmit it to the agent who expressed interest in it. I'm working on book two.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry. :)

      Good luck with your books!

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  16. Congrats! Those books look interesting though memoirs...you're awesome for writing 50,000 words of a memoir.

    I tried doing Camp NaNo but failed. Apparently, I wasn't as motivated as I thought I was. There is always next year. :)

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    1. Aw, thanks. I'm looking forward to reading the books--and to seeing you at camp next year!

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  17. way to go, woman!
    my cabin mates were quiet and didnt log numbers if they participated... going to pock people i know next time!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! Maybe we should be in the same cabin next time. It would be fun to be there with people I actually know. :)

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  18. I knew you could do it. And Clint's holstered his gun.

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    1. Thank you, Martin!

      (I'm breathing a sigh of relief about Clint.) :)

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  19. Holy crap, that's awesome! That's a whole lot of writing. Congrats! :)

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  20. Congrats on winning! I'm in awe of everyone writing so much in the summer. Hope you enjoyed celebrating!

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  21. Congratulations on doing that much writing. I'm very impressed. :-)

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  22. Ok...why didn't I know abour Camp NaNoWriMo? Don't mean to be dense, but did you actually go camping?? Or did you still just work on your own? I'm hoping to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I like the sound of the non-fiction book as I'm very interested in memoir also. I need to look for it. Thanks, Dana!

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    1. It's all online, just like NaNoWriMo, and I worked on my own. Participants are put into virtual cabins—kind of like a small-group message board. It was a lot fun!

      Let me know what you think of the book. :)

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