Camp NaNoWriMo, A Grand Finish

Whoop! I finished yesterday with 81,153 words! I finished my wordgoal right as I finished drinking a large cup of strong iced coffee. I generally try to keep still right after I drink coffee, but I couldn’t yesterday. I went nuts. I was talking and shaking and typing and laughing so fast I could barely understand what I wanted to say. After that, I crashed, and was blissfully tired the rest of the evening. It truly was an epic experience. Perhaps the most epic experience of NaNoWriMo, just because I fought so hard to get 80,000 and 10,000 in the last two days when I should have been writing 5,332 in the last two days. And I cheered on friends to the finish, rejoicing with everyone until I was in a state of literal frenzy.


Today–I printed out my whole novel, if you can call it a novel. I finished my original climax so I just carried on the story until I had all my words. It still has no finish. But I printed it all out and held it with my own hands.


nanowrimo novelI was very happy to hold it, and for future NaNoWriMo’s, I won’t be able to do any differently.

I thought about shredding my novel and sleeping on it, Chris Baty’s way to celebrate, but if I did, I might burst into tears and not sleep for days.

I finally named it too, though the name will most likely change sometime.


Also, I am trying to lengthen the story and turn it into three separate stories, so I need more than one title.


Not only was it terribly exciting to hold my novel and see a whole month’s work, it is enjoyable to read through and write notes on. I’ve already been going through with a favorite pen and writing my opinions of each scene. I’m not discouraged yet! (Though I’m sure it will come. Always does, peeps, just be ready for it.)

Endless thanks to all my writing buddies who kept me going, inspired me, and fought countless wordwars. Without those wordwars there’s no way I could have made it.

So now with another rough draft under my belt, and perhaps my favorite yet–

Chair for now!


P.S. I was going to shower before I took these pictures, but that did not seem to me to be in the NaNoWriMo spirit. Don’t worry, I wore deodorant. 😛


The Last Week!

This is it! The last seven days! Everything you have done comes down to this week. The last seven days is when the final rush happens. I love that final rush. You can’t give up now! Not after all that work. That novel might be junk, but it’s something! And after Camp we can all work on revising, rewriting, and editing and all that boring stuff. You don’t have to do it, but I’d at least give it a try to make your novel as best as it can get.

Remember when I told you go telling everybody about Camp NaNoWriMo? Remember how I said it would help you later? Now is the time. If you give up not, you will look like a fool. If you win, however, when everybody was shaking their heads saying that you were crazy, it’s quite impressive.

When you make 50,000 words, you get to go posting it all over Facebook, Tweeting it, and simply talking about it until your friends are sick. You can send out a screenshot of your winning word count, or you can post a video of you cheering. Chris Baty gives you wonderful ideas for working your novel into conversation in his book, “No Plot? No Problem!”

Writer: So, what’s up partygoer?

Partygoer: Not much! I’ve been pretty sick lately with that flu that’s been going around, so I’ve just been laying low. Sleeping a lot, you know…

Writer: Oh, man! That’s so funny you would say that. The protagonist in my novel had this moment where he thought about opening an office supply store that sold only wiener dogs.

Partygoer (laughing):  What a brilliant plot idea! I feel better already.

Writer: Yeah. Cracked me up, too. But he didn’t end up doing it. Maybe in the sequel huh? (A little wink or elbow works well right here.)

Partygoer (getting out a pen): I need your autograph right now.

As for notes from other Wrimo Winners on “The End”, also from “No Plot? No Problem!”

“When Week Four shows up, I grit my teeth. This is when I’m typically close to fifty thousand words, but miles away from the end of the story. I bring out the broadest brush in my arsenal. Entire scenes get described in a few sentences as I rush to begin detailing the plot elements necessary for the story. I race to build the climax. For the past two years, I’ve been forced to write twenty thousand words in two or three days to get the story on paper. I have the exhilaration of typing, “The End” to be so intense, so moving, that I typically cry as I type those words.”
–Russell Kremer, 51, three-time NaNoWriMo winner from Los Angeles

“There’s a lot of giggling to yourself, partially because by this point you’ve become slightly mad, but I think also because you’re free to really take yourself less seriously.”
Ryan Dunsmuir, 38, five0time NaNoWriMo winner from Brooklyn

SO! Here we go. 50,000 words or bust!


-Electric Bubbles

NaNoWriMo Books

Yet another Nanopost that I couldn’t keep in my drafts folder long enough. 

I found a couple of books by NaNoPeople for NaNoPeople to see how they would help out my buddies who are going to Camp with me. (See Camp NaNoWriMo)

No Plot, No Problem! is a book, especially for NaNoWriMo by Chris Baty, the very man who started NaNoWriMo in 1999. (Don’t we owe a lot to him?)

I loved reading No Plot, No Problem! It’s fun, exciting, and very helpful in getting your word count finished. He’s got the exercises, activities, brain triggers, and helpful info that a starter, or a re-starter, would need. (It’s even got little buttons to click! My inner editor had a kick with this guy.) Chris Baty uses a “Talk to the reader” feel, and he acts like a teacher, an awesome, fun, and a bit haha strange teacher. (More like a fellow student with a bunch of experience.) You gotta love the cowboy hat thinking cap; I need one of those. And to celebrate after June, I just might take his advice. 😛
I must warn that in this book as in so many other books a few times, he does use slightly inappropriate words for no reason. I hate when that happens, but it’s there so, yeah that.

Ready Set Novel! is a workbook by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit, from National Novel Writing Month

It is basically an activity book to get your story planned and started, especially if you aren’t sure about the plot of your novel, or even if you have no story in mind at all. From the very beginning they have you relaxed and ready to write whatever junk comes up. They have character sheets, many lines and boxes to fill out, and journal space. By working with this book, you will understand what you love in your novel, what is hazy, and what you want to avoid. You can understand your place, character, and plot better instead of starting your draft with nothing in mind. (Though, just between you and me, that can be a lot of fun.)

This book will help you before your NaNoWriMo month really, I would recommend filling the whole journal out the week before NaNoWriMo so it is all fresh in your mind when you start writing the draft. You who use it, have fun!!!
I’ve been trying to find other NaNoWriMo books, but no one has ever heard of NaNoWriMo except for the NaNoPeople, so libraries don’t have much of them. Anyway, these are the main two NaNobooks and they are very helpful in NaNoWriMo or out of it.

I plan to read No Plot? No Problem! Every year in October and I’ll be using Ready, Set, Novel! every time I plan a book.

Have fun!
And if you haven’t signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo yet you ought to!

-Electric Bubbles