Camp Nano – When There Are No Words To Describe It.

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Welcome to Nano Camp! – an emotional roller-coaster that starts you off believing this

And leaves you like this . . .

. . . A wiser and sadder camper.

SO HOLD ONTO YOUR HAT AND LET US BEGIN

Several Weeks Before Nano Begins – Joining A Cabin

The Day Before Camp Nano Begins

PSYCHED AND READY

 

SOCIALIZING WITH MY CABIN MATES

NOTE – I LOVE MY CABIN MATES AND I THINK YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST AND THIS WAS NOT AN INSULT!

And since I was the resident CLOWN in this circus let any insult rest solely on me.

(I have a feeling this GIF might be used on me at a later date.Β  πŸ˜€ )

Day One.

I have so got this!

Day Two

Getting up some momentum . . . .

The Word Sprints Begin

Winning A Word Sprint.

Winning A Streak Of Word Sprints.

Losing Word Sprints

Getting Ahead In Word Count.

END OF THE FIRST WEEK

You mean I have to do this for another three weeks?

Trying To Think Positive.

BEGINNING OF SECOND WEEK

This is not what it’s cracked up to be.

Just When You Think You’re On Top Of Your Project – Something Happens.

Little Voices Start Talking To You.

WRITER’S BLOCK HAS STRUCK

Let the stress-eating begin!

When Someone Tries To Talk To Me While I’m “Writing”

Trying To Overcome Writers Block.

It seems like NO ONE ELSE is having trouble with Nano. . . .

END OF WEEK TWO – HALF WAY MARK.

Takes well deserved rest – tries to forget everything.

Writer’s Block Reaches It’s Zenith . . .

You’re Cabin Mates And Writer Friends Provide A Listening Ear To Your Writer’s Block Woes.

Friends Brainstorm With You.

Culling Inspiration From EVERYTHING.

A Plot Twist Develops.

Back In The Game

END OF WEEK TWO

Memory Starts To Go….

BEGINNING OF WEEK THREE

When Someone Tries To Talk To You . . .

. . . They’re Reaction. . .

Hours Are Now Measured By Coffee Breaks.

Evaluating What You’ve Written So FarΒ  . . .

Falling Behind In Word Count.

You Start To Wonder If You Should Just Set A Lower Word Count.

But Some Part Of You Won’t Let You Do It . . .

When People Ask You What You Are Working On.

You Start To Wonder Why You Ever Signed Up For This.

Your Laptop Starts Talking To You

You Start Talking Back

LOSING WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN SO FAR.

Finding The Backups . . . .

END OF WEEK THREE

You Start talking To Your Story.

Pulling It All Together

BEGINNING OF WEEK FOUR

Just Barely Hanging In There . . .

FIVE DAYS LEFT

FOUR DAYS LEFT

THREE DAYS LEFT

TWO DAYS LEFT

ONE DAY LEFT

ONE HOUR LEFT

Imputing The Final Word Count.

 

MIDNIGHT.

 

It’s OVER.

Looking Over Your Draft.

 

Post Nano Syndrome.

 

And The Weirdest Part About All Of This?

In Closing.

 

 

 

P.S.

For my cabin mates.

 

You Guys Are The Greatest!

18 Responses

  1. Angela Watts
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    A BIG ‘MUA’ RIGHT BACK GIRL! πŸ˜€ And seriously- you did GREAT. You plowed on and bad or good 1st draft, it is better than never trying to begin with. πŸ˜€ And I know it is awesome so.

    • AllisWell
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      AWWWW!

      GIF

      Thank you, Angela!!! <3 That's so sweet! And YES - it's still words on paper! 'high fives' And you did fabulous!!! Congratulations on Seek!!!!

  2. Hannah Gridley
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    High five! Everyone else is asleep and I’m doing the silent gulping laugh at those gifs….

    • AllisWell
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      High five, cabin mate!!

      LOL!!

      GIF

      That makes me happy! πŸ˜€ Thanks, Hannah!

  3. Micaiah K.
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    Haha! That was great. πŸ˜‚

    • AllisWell
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      GIF

      πŸ˜€ <3

  4. Zane Jones
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    WHERE DO YOU EVEN GET THESE GIFS?? All of yours are always so perfect!!! πŸ˜€ I am in awe of your gif-finding powers!!

    (Seriously, where does one acquire gifs to be used on one’s blog. I need to know. :D)

    • AllisWell
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      Hahaha!

      GIF

      Aww, thanks!

      I find them all online – I have collected probably over a thousand by now and I have huge files with stuff organized by subject.

      The best and safest way to find them is to troll other people’s blogs (PLEASE COPY AS MANY AS YOU WANT HERE).

  5. Olivia
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    ALLISON!! *laughs hysterically* This is so accurate…and those gifs *can’t help grinning again*. Same back at ya…we got the best cabin and we’re a circus, but even in our ridiculously long chatter moments, we’re always there to give encouragement and be a listening ear. *hugs* Can’t wait until next Camp already!!

    • AllisWell
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      HEHEHEHE!

      GIF

      #superpleased

      YES – EXACTLY, OLIVIA! It was wild and crazy (the best places and people are!) and yet all the prayer and encouragement and listening ears! ‘GIANT HUG’ I can’t wait for next Camp either!!! ‘pages hurriedly through calendar’

  6. Christine
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    OH. MY. WORD.
    THIS WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST, MOST ACCURATE POSTS I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIIIIIFE. YOUR GIFS. THE GIIIIIIIFS. Every. Single. ONE. was PERFECTION!!!!!!! It’s very rare I do Camp NaNo, but I ALWAYS do NaNo in November and just…THIS POST. YES. I am laughing so hard. IT’S JUST SO ACCURATE.

    This was one of the greatest posts I’ve ever seen in my life. You are so hilarious!

    Also, that ending. It’s so true! We torture ourselves and are basically dying for an entire month, and then we’re like, “THAT WAS FUN. I CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN.” Writers… *shakes head* We so crazy. xD

    • AllisWell
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      Awwww…ahhh…Christine! You’re too sweet!!

      “delighted wriggling”

      Me, reading your comment:
      https://giphy.com/gifs/up-doug-doug4days-KMxc5wMC9wPXq

      Thank you! Yes, this applies to both Camp Nano and Nanowrimo proper, I think!

      Haha.. EXACTLY…. thirty days of torture and then the minute it’s over we want to start that fun all over again!!

      LOL, yuuup…it’s a circus!

  7. Faith
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    *dies laughing* that one with Darth Vader though. perfection.

    • AllisWell
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      LOL – thank you, Faith!

      GIF

      That Vader one is a personal favorite of mine – ‘whispers’ I’d love to ride a carousel in a Darth Vader suit! πŸ˜€

  8. Anna
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    Haha this is waaay accurate, Alli!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • AllisWell
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      GIF

      Thanks, Anna! πŸ™‚

  9. E.F.B.
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    PERFECT post, Allison! XD And “MUA” to you, too! Camp is definitely a challenge, but I think we should all be proud of ourselves just for trying!

    • AllisWell
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      LOL!! Thank you, Beth!!

      Aww!

      GIF

      YES – absolutely!! We should be proud of ourselves! ‘high fives’ Way to go, Beth! <3

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