Getting the Most Out of Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo is here!!!!! If you have no idea what that is, head on over to campnanowrimo.org to learn more! If you’re looking for some last minute advice before you start your journey, stick around!


  1. Make sure that your Camp NaNoWriMo goal is actually achievable! If you set a goal that you’ll never reach due to your schedule in April, you’ll probably give up half way through and end up regretting it later. However, if you set a goal that pushes you a bit but makes sense with your schedule, you might surprise yourself and exceed it! Also, you can now choose to set your goal in pages or hours instead of just words, so there’s really nothing stopping you from setting your goal however you want! My goal is currently 150 hours of editing for my Shaman Novel. That seems pretty small when you do the math and convert it to days, but I know that the last two months of school are going to be a whirlwind of semester projects, therefore I made sure to set my goal according to what I thought I could accomplish. I should definitely be able to hit that, and I can always raise it if I realize I’m going to blow it out of the water.
  2. Organize your outline! Trust me… It is NOT fun to sit down on April 1st and go, “I have no idea where anything is in this Scrivener project!” Even if you don’t use complicated Scrivener templates to organize your projects, make sure that you know the location of all of the information that is necessary for you to write your story!
  3. Decide how you plan to back up your project. You really do NOT want to loose any of your precious writing due to a technological failure or a lost notebook! Personally, I dump all of my Scrivener projects into a Scrivener folder in Dropbox, which backs up everything to the cloud and syncs everything to the Scrivener IOS app. Also, don’t just trust the cloud to keep everything safe for you! Put those precious writing files on a flash drive, an SD card, an external hard drive… whatever you’ve got!
  4. Schedule stuff around your chosen writing time. You need to plan your writing time just like you’d plan anything else because if you don’t, it might not happen! You should either pick a time each day and dedicate it specifically for writing, or pick a day or two out of each week and write like the wind on those days!
  5. Be active on Twitter and in your Camp NaNo cabins! Some of you are probably going, “Being active on Twitter is NOT conducive to a good writing session!” But it is if you follow the right people! Go to the @NaNoWordSprints page! Do NOT scroll through your timeline! Do NOT check your notifications! You WILL get writing done because lots of other people will be on that page writing with you!

The Harry Potter Writing Cup — Rules & Announcements

So I’m gonna be a rebel and announce a writing contest instead of screaming happy New Year like everybody else in the Blogosphere! Remember this post that I wrote forever ago? This is the follow up for that with the somewhat more finalized rules. Just keep reading if you wanna have some fun and start 2017 off with some good writing…


  1. Every word written during the month of January counts as a point for your Harry Potter house. You can write literally anything you want as long as it’s creative. Even blog posts can count if you wanna get a jump on scheduling posts! And if you’re like me, and you have a giant mess of a thing you’re calling a novel to edit, you can go by NaNoWriMo rules and count each hour of editing as 1000 words!
  2. You need to be following me, Trisha, Megan, and Tanya on our blogs to see important updates.
  3. Make sure you follow the challenge account on Twitter @HPWritingCup so you can join the chats and share your progress.
  4. We’ll host weekly tweet chats about writing and give opportunities for bonus points. Right now the chats will be held on January 7, 14, 21, and 28, (those are all Saturdays), at 9 AM CST. You can join us with #HPWritingCup to share your progress and talk about writerly things.
  5. You must be nice to each other! I don’t think I have to say this since we writers are mostly peaceful creatures, but I’ll put it out there anyway… This challenge is open to anyone and everyone who wants to have fun writing. If you are caught criticizing someone, I will Avada Kedavra you, (aka find the block button and use it!)

The main goal here is to have fun and kickoff 2017 with lots of writing. There really aren’t many rules. We’re not the word police, so this is a stress free writing zone! Let’s ring in the new year by writing all the words!!!

The Harry Potter Writing Cup

Hey, writerly people! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen some discussions about the “HP Writing Cup.” Some blogger friends and I have been chatting about a little writing contest idea, and this is the official announcement that it will be happening, but the unofficial plan! So to simplify that a bit… It’s gonna happen, but we’re still working out the specifics!
I have teamed up with Trisha, Tanya, and Megan to host this fun challenge. Like I said above, I don’t have the plan/schedule set in stone yet, but here are the basics:

•We’ll pick a month, (probably January), and the challenge will run for the length of that month.
•Every word written in that month counts as a point for your Harry Potter house. (I’ll have a form up soon for you to tell us your house and some other info.)
•Any creative writing counts, (including blog posts!)
•We’ll host Twitter chats about bookish and writerly things! (Ya gotta have a Twitter account if you wanna do the really fun stuff.)
•Someone will head each house, (as of now, Trisha is heading Slytherin, Megan is heading Hufflepuff, Tanya is heading Gryffindor, and I am heading Ravenclaw.) The head of each house will host word sprints for their group, and maybe have some fun extra prompts/challenges.
•We’ll come up with ways to earn extra points so it isn’t all writing. (Suggestions welcome!)
•You need to be following all of us to see important updates if you wanna participate!
•Your input is needed! Do you have a suggestion about how to improve this? Drop me a line in the comments, or let Trisha, tanya, or Megan know on their blogs! You can also message me on Twitter @Cheyenne_writes!