Gearing Up for Camp Nano


Only 9 days left until the madness of Camp Nano starts.  For those of you who might not know what this is, Camp Nanowrimo is the summer version of Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo is in November, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days.  The difference between the two is that in Camp Nano you can write novel, short story, screen play, whatever you want. Also you can set your own wordcount, it can be 5,000 or 70,000, or whatever.

Starting July 1st I am planning on writing 50,000 words on a novel.  The only problem right now is that I have no idea what to write about.  A few ideas have caught my casual interest, but nothing has grabbed at my attention with real force. I like to be super excited and pumped up about a novel idea before I attempt to write 50,000 words on it.

I admit I am a little worried that I won’t be able to get an exciting idea. I’m doing my best to write down characters and sentences that might amount to something, but only time will tell if they come together.

Is anyone else doing Camp Nano this year? Do you have your novel all ready, or are you having problems like me? If anyone has advice for getting novel ideas please share! Thanks. 🙂


  1. I’m doing Camp Nano! I’ve decided to outline this time around, so my biggest problem at the moment is trying to finish my outline… ahhhhhhhhhhh.
    I’m afraid I don’t really have a whole lot of methods for coming up with ideas! Sometimes I find that going on a long walk helps, or just going to a new location to sit and think for a while (like a library or a coffee shop.)

    • Cool!! So you don’t normally outline? It can be so hard to write outlines, I suck at it. 😀
      That’s a good idea though. I’ll have to do that next time I get stuck. Thanks!

      • I never used to outline, but I’m becoming more and more of an outliner! I decided that a full outline was necessary this time around because the story is super complicated.
        No problem!

  2. Eeep, good luck on Camp and finding a good idea to write about! 🙂 I’m… not doing Camp, though I hope to still be writing, just slower. XD

    And… I’m afraid I can’t help much with the novel ideas thing, because my problem is that I have too many story ideas and just can’t write them fast enough! o.o …Especially as I’m a very slow writer. >.>

    Where do your ideas usually come from? I agree that walks are useful… Also, one time when I wanted to get excited about a story, I decided to sit down and make a list of some of my favorite novels that had the sort of “feel” that I wanted go for, and then I listed the things in those books that I really loved/was excited about. Like a certain kind of character or an elusive plot twist or this kind of fantasy thing or the other…

    So maybe if you think of some books you really like, try to figure out WHY you like them, and then take that and twist it into your own thing? I don’t know. Just a thought. 🙂 Also, when in doubt, fairytale retellings. XD (I know you did Alice recently…)

    Anyways, best of luck!! You’re so brave. 😀

    • Thanks! What are you going to be writing about?
      Oh dear, I would love to have your problem. Maybe we can swap problems some day. 😉
      My ideas usually come from all over the place, which is helpful and also not helpful. Not helpful because I can’t go back to one particular thing that will inspire me. 😛
      Thanks again!

      • I’m working on my contemporary fantasy series, and mostly right now trying to finish my random short story that attacked me. 😛
        Haha, yes, opposite problems… though… I don’t know, I’m not sure I’d trade mine. XD
        And that’s understandable. *nod nod* Wishing inspiration your way, then! ^_^

  3. Oh good luck with this!
    I am not sure if I am up for it but you tend to inspire!
    I write down all kinds of stuff (seriously my notebooks look like a fourth grader with notes in the margins) for “topics” for articles, short stories, etc.
    I also go back and look through my written journals from my life because I have been keeping them for over 20 years and holy crap are there things in there I could expand on and really write about!
    Or things I talk about with my friends – that can be ANYTHING because with some friends nothing is taboo on discussions and I get that “light bulb” and have to write just a few words on what we said.
    I hope this is helping and I wish you so much luck!!!!

  4. I’m going to work on the first draft of a fantasy story about summoners. If I can get an outline down that is…
    I dont usually want for ideas, but taking a trip around Pinterest or Deviantart usually gets the creativity going. Or people-watching is at least entertaining even if you don’t get a story out of it. My town seems to have plenty of interesting characters.

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