We’re Halfway There-My Recap of the First Half of Camp NaNoWriMo (Featuring My Story Idea and Snippets)

Hi, dear Winged Wonders! April has been crazy busy so far. My life right now consists of school, drama rehearsals, reading, and Camp NaNoWriMo.

Today, we’re going to talk about Camp, but I may talk about the other things soon. 🙂


For those of you unfamiliar with Camp, it’s 30 days of writing in which you attempt to accomplish a set writing goal. You are also in cabins or groups of writers. Unlike regular NaNoWriMo, you have different goal choices for Camp. You can set page, word, hour, minute, or line goals.

I previously documented NaNoWriMo in this post and this post. This is my first time participating in Camp.

Today, I’m going to give you all a quick update on how Camp is going for me. But first, I’m going to give a quick introduction to my story idea.

Let’s start write now! 🙂


My Story Idea

For the sake of short titles, we’ll refer to this story as Catch from now on. Catch is about a girl who can’t trust anybody. It’s a realistic fiction novel. The girl has been having a rough year as a close family member dies, then tragedy after tragedy strikes her life. It’s a very dramatic and (Hopefully) touching novel about the power of trust and belief in others.

And that’s the basic synopsis!


How Camp NaNo is Going


I’ve seen many a blogger do little daily entries with snippets and how their day went. That’s not my style though. If you could think of those as daily, sort of, diary entries, then this would be the entry that you write to summarize the past week, as you neglected your diary or journal or whatever.

At first, my plan was one hour every day. This way, I could get through my goal of thirty hours easy peasy. It was a simple and realistic goal that I knew that I could achieve. Then life happened. For some random reason, my weekends were full, I suddenly had three drama rehearsals a week and the teachers were piling on the homework.

Thus, my marvelous plan fell apart. By the third day, I was scrambling to get even thirty minutes done. My daily counts range from 0-2 hours. Currently, I’m at 9 hours and 30 minutes, but I need to be at 16.


But all of that about writing time aside, I’ve been having a great time. Catch was one of those novel ideas that I couldn’t get out of my head. It was begging to be written. But I’m not writing it yet. I want it to be my current best novel, so I’m carefully structuring and outlining each scene with help from Helping Writers Become Authors. I’m finding the post series about outlining and structuring very helpful.

I’m actually getting increasingly more excited to write it. The majority of each outlined scene are snippets that I want to include in it. 🙂

Ah, snippets. As a special treat, I’m going to share some snippets from my planning! These are just a few sentences from my scene outline.


Random Snippets:

Now she sleeps! Also, research dinosaurs.

This was from my scene notes about scene 2. Scene 2 is one of those “day in the life” type scenes, so it ends with her going to bed. The second part is self-explanatory. 🙂

Scene ends with big throat clearing and “I must tell you something”

Ooh, this is going to get dramatic! For some inexplicable reason, I find this snippet quite interesting. What about you?

The aftermath. Oh, it’s bad. It’s also the end of chapter three.

Chapter three is quite the chapter! It’s one of the three key moments in the book and there is a ton of drama and emotion. The aftermath has plans to be worse than the moment itself.

Speaking of the end, it is time to end this Camp wrap-up. I’ll do another one at the end of April.

Are you doing Camp? What’s your story idea?

Sign Off


6 thoughts on “We’re Halfway There-My Recap of the First Half of Camp NaNoWriMo (Featuring My Story Idea and Snippets)

  1. Awesome, girl!!! This story sounds AMAZING!!!! I, however, just realized 2 things about my book: 1. the title has already been used. *facelpalm* I EVEN HAVE THE BOOK AND I DIDN’T REMEMBERRRRRR UGH XD And 2: I have no idea how to outline. I started the book with one plot and now this random side plot is winding its way in there and making me extremely confused. XD YOU SEEM TO BE DOING GREAT THO XDDD KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!! 💕🎉

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