camp nano week 2

Okay, so it’s about two weeks (give or take a couple of days) into the first Camp NaNo I’ve actually really participated.   It’s been slow but I’m hoping to get a couple 5K1days in before the month is over.  Despite barely having a couple of chapters done, I’m happy that I’m actually making progress on this story.

I have pages and pages of outlines, a Pinterest board, and now I’m finally getting words down.  Very slowly, but words nonetheless.

The first couple days, as I’ve mentioned a few times, I was at camp.  And then my brother’s birthday party and fourth of July came quickly after.  But now, it’s all open! Here’s my daily word count for the first two weeks of NaNo:

July 1: 448 words

July 2-3: 0 words

July 4: 560 words

July 5: 0 words

July 6: 1131 words

July 7: 1716 words

July 8-10: 0 words

July 11: 1029 words

TOTAL: 4876 words

The past couple weeks, I’ve really been nailing down the story using the website Helping Writers Become Authors.  They have an entire blog series for structuring your story that is SO helpful.  So I’ve been finalizing all my plot points and major scenes with their tips while writing up my own scene list (I have more words in outlining than I do in my story so far!).

Now that I have these resources, it’s been much easier to speed through certain scenes.  Knowing my major plot points has also been a life saver when I can’t stop worrying the story will be too slow without a big bad antagonist.

favorite snippets

Honestly most of the words I have so far are just scenes I’ll have to cut or revise a million times, but I have found a couple of parts I loved writing.  Namely funny side characters and the romance.  GAH.  Forgive the ridiculously detailed action tags.  I’ll probably have to cut those down later.


Harrison wiped his hands on a cloth from his back pocket. He leaned his head back against the truck, chest heaving.  “Garcia, I bet you don’t feel anything right now.  You could carry one of those logs by yourself without even breaking a sweat.”

The large man glanced up from his clipboard, his brown eyes half-hidden under his heavy brow.  Light brown skin rippled over his biceps beneath a grey sleeveless shirt  as he laughed.  “You already outta breath, mista ‘arry?”

“Come on,” Harrison said, grinning and crossing his arms, “not everyone can be as tough as you.”

“It’s true.”  Garcia shrugged and stifled a smile as he turned back to work.  


AND I love writing the little future baseball players (AKA a couple of the only kids in the wilderness town):

“‘Ey no fair!” The small catcher leaped to his feet, flinging his face mask into the wet dirt.  “He was safe.”

The pitcher forced three chubby fingers forward. “That was your third strike, Alfie!”


“I miss her.” It came out so bland. So insincere. He missed everything… the forehead kisses, watching the wind whip through her hair, the whispered compliments every time they passed on the road, his fingers entangled with hers, the way her eyes squinted when she laughed.  It’s been too long since I’ve seen her laugh like that.

other nanouncements

Ha typo turned new word for crazy NaNo shenanigans: nanouncements.

This is my 50th post WHOOP.  Also I recently been posting on twitter.  This month, I’ve mostly been posting information on R+B for the #WIPjoy tag.  So feel free to check that out!

On a totally unrelated note, my family and I watched Spiderman this past week and OH MY GOSH SO GOOD.  Tom Holland portrayed a perfectly relatable character and did an amazing job.  I won’t give anything away, but I love how they showed Peter’s weakest points – how he’s frustrated and down and helpless – because the actor actually seems so young, it makes the story that much stronger.  We get to see a teenage Peter struggling with every day problems and ahhh.  Favorite spiderman by far (with Toby Maguire in second)!

Now I’m just waiting for other people to go watch it so I can rant about it 😀  Excuse me while I rewatch Toby Maguire’s Spiderman and go watch the new one in theaters a few more times…

How has Camp NaNo been for those participating this July? Have you seen Spiderman yet?


6 comments so far.

6 responses to “camp nano week 2”

  1. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! I’m particpating in Camp Nano as well this month. We’ve reached the halfway mark. It was so awesome learning more about you and your WIP!

    I’m a fellow writer who’s new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I’d love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    • Aw, thank you so much! Good luck with Camp NaNo this month – it can definitely get crazy…

      Oh gosh I still feel so new to blogging too (this blog is about 15 months old), but a few things I’ve found:

      1. Post when you feel like it. Don’t try to push out several posts a month if they’re going to be choppy and short; this is something I did at first. Try for a few posts that you’ve poured a little more time into.
      2. Use breaks and pictures! Especially with longer posts, break up your points with bold, italics, break lines, and a few pictures.
      3. Make sure your design is accessible. One downside to having so many pictures in this blog theme: my readers have to click on an actual post before the “subscribe” button pops up. Make it clear who you are. You want a nice “About” page with a picture or two, and information on your side bar for people to learn more about you (“subscribe” button, social media accounts, feeds, pictures, etc).
      4. Don’t worry about finding a niche right away. This blog has gone from school essays to strictly writing to now a little of everything and a lifestyle blog feel. I’m still finding mine!
      5. Be yourself and write what you love.

      When I first starting blogging, I would check my work against a few of my favorite blogs. They were popular, so I assumed if I attempted to write with humor like one blog or use a theme from another blog, A Little Southern Grace would get popular quickly. But my posts sounded forced and it just wasn’t me. It’s so much more fun to write about things you love and not worry if you’re including too many pictures or whether or not people will think you’re funny. People love reading about your perspective.

      Hopefully those tips help a little bit. I’d love to check out your blog!

  2. Zane Jones says:

    Wow I am late to comment, but lovely snippets! So happy to have you as my cabin mate!

  3. Emma Grace says:

    Looks like you have had a pretty good writing week! Way to go! I love the snippets!!

    Nope, I haven’t seen Spider Man yet. I’ve heard it is really good though. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it. 🙂 Oh, and sorry this comment is so late… 🙂


    P.S I really like the changes you have made to the blog! 🙂

    • Thank you!

      Sometimes it can be a lot better to watch the movies later because then you don’t have a huge crowd in the theaters 😀 Not at all!

      Thanks, Emma 😛

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