Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update

Did you know that Camp NaNoWriMo is happening? April is when this 30-day writing challenge occurs. It is quite similar to NaNoWriMo and so I decided to give weekly updates on my progress as I did back in November. Because of everything that is going on in the world, I didn’t quite get my NaNoWriMo kit filled with snacks. However, I am confident that I can continue to balance writing with life, I’ll just do so with fewer snacks. Writing is a great way to fill the time when stuck at home or whenever your creative juices are flowing. Without further ado, here is my Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update.

Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update

Can a plotter become a panster?

Unlike all of my previous attempts at NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo, this year I am going in blind. I have always been a plotter, preferring to map out my idea before getting around to writing it. Originally, I had planned to do just that. I have quite a few story ideas that I eventually want to explore and expected to pick one of those for this month. However, after reading through all of my ideas, I came to the conclusion that none of them were jumping out at me and demanding to be written. But I will write them one day. So, I had little choice but to go in blind and hope for the best. And so, this month I will be seeing is a plotter can successfully be a panster.

Because of this, I have set my word count goal for the month to 25,000 words. This is half of what a normal NaNoWriMo goal is. However, the one advantage of Camp NaNoWriMo is it gives a writer much more flexibility with how much to write.

Day 1

With nothing to go off of, I spent a good deal of time staring at the blank screen waiting for an idea to pop into my head. When I did finally get to writing, it was completely chaotic. Words spilled onto the page, though I’m not sure if any of them will be useful in the long term. At this point, I was just looking to word vomit until a story started to form. With this in mind, I did manage to write 960 words this day.

Day 2

The words were a bit easier today. Things are starting to shift from word vomit to something resembling a rough draft story. I’m not sure where any of this is going yet, but at least it’s making more sense and it’s no longer random ramblings that I hope will turn into something coherent. After alternating between typing and staring blankly at the wall, I wrote 1023 words.

Day 3

I had a minor aha moment and was able to very quickly write 1254 words. Of course, right after that my brain went blank, but at least I got my word count in for the day.

Day 4

I feel like this is the day where I finally started to figure this story out. I think I have a general idea of where it will go, at least for the next couple of chapters, and established some characters and a setting. Of course, I still feel lost because I want to constantly reference my notes to make sure that I am writing what I should but with the panster route there are no notes. Even so, I wrote 1794 words. This brings my total words written to 5031 words!

As you can see from my Camp NaNoWriMo 2020 week 1 update, things didn’t start smoothly but I am starting to find my way. I am a bit ahead of where I need to be with my word count, so that feels good. Changing my writing style for this project has been quite the hurdle but I feel like it’s pushing me to try new things and really working my creative muscles. Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, how is it going?


  1. I’ve always wanted to try NaNoWriMo – maybe now is the best time for me to give it a go!

    Roni x

    1. Now would be a great time to try it.

  2. I remember your previous NaNoWriMo post about how organised you were and being awed by what you achieved. Good luck this time around, I’m still in awe, however much or little you end up writing! x

    1. Thank you. It does help to be organized for it. It makes the whole experience a bit less chaotic.

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