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Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2018

I am back from vacation but after 2 weeks away, and then having a sick toddler I have not sat in my writing chair for over a month.  I have been working on the summary or outline for the book I had started before I left.  I have written back stories for the characters trying to shake something loose but nothing is happening.  So when I saw a post about Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2018 I jumped on it.  I haven’t participated in any NaNoWriMo events before and I am a little anxious about it.

I have heard interviews on podcasts with authors who have participated and it sounds crazy.  One woman locked herself in her walk in closet for 6 hours a day so she could write without her teenagers finding her.  People go shopping for the whole month and make freezer meals so they don’t have to stop writing and cook for the family.  These things just aren’t an option for me.  Hubby travels and Mermaid is only 4.  Plus the dogs won’t let me stay in the closet without them.  Or the cats.

My Plan:

  • I have turned the dining room table into a writing desk where I can leave everything set up.  The biggest thing that prevents me from writing is having to move everything from my studio to the living room to write.  After you lug out the laptop, note pad, story bible, and the research books there isn’t a burning desire to write anymore.
  • I have my summary more than half way complete.  I just need one more complication for them to over come in the middle of the book. Then I am good to go with the plot.  To keep up with it I have the main scenes listed on post it notes and stuck to the wall.
  • I dug out the Instapot I got for Christmas last year and the cookbook that tells me how to actually use it and I am going to use it for dinners.  Lucky for me Mermaid likes ‘homemade lunchables’ (instead of the tiny boxes you can buy I make her a bigger plate of the meats, cheeses and pita chips she likes) and I can switch those around with the good old PB&J sandwiches for her.
  • I made a free account on Camp NaNoWriMo.  If you want to find me I am under Shelly Ferguson.  I have my project all sorted out – I even made a mockup cover for it.  The site squished the image a little but I think I might keep it for the book.


If you have ever done a NaNoWriMo event leave me a message below and let me know how it worked for you.  I have high expectations for myself and plan to have my first full draft completed by the end of July!

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