Camp NANOWRIMO update

10 Jul

Hello friends! 

I thought for today I’d share a snippet of what I’ve been working on for Camp nanowrimo, although I haven’t gotten near as far on it as I want. I have 3,199 words so far and 22 days left til camp ends. The unofficial word goal is 50,000 but I’ve never been too set on that number, focusing more on writing more often and getting a story down. Enjoy.

camp nanowrimo update



“I had grown up reading about heroines. Those women who were confident, beautiful and strong.  To say any of those things about me, you would have to be lying. I knew who I was, and who I wanted to be, it was just how to get there that I was…struggling with.

I had almost reached my sixteenth year without anything extraordinary happening to me. I was gangly with a bush of red hair that had recently gone from smooth and straight to frizzy and curly. My dreams of being as beautiful as Elizabeth Bennett or Anne Shirley seemed doomed.  My eyes were a plain brown instead of the dazzling blue I had always longed for. I also had the unfortunate habit of preferring to stay in and reading novels to going out with the other girls in my class.  My parents were glad of it in a way, I think. It meant I wasn’t getting into any trouble like my brothers had a habit of doing. That’s another thing I had always envied in my novels, the large families of beloved sisters. I was stuck with three brothers. All were older, dim-witted and content with their status in life.  Father took it upon himself to name his sons – Cedric, Horace and Leopold. I’d heard it said in whispers that it was no wonder my brothers were no good, just look at the names they had to bear. When I came along, my mother picked my name. I always thought that was a good choice or I would have ended up with something like Bertha. I knew a Bertha once – a nasty girl. I can never like that name now. My mother likes to tell me that she pored over baby names  for just the right name. And although my father wasn’t too keen on it in the beginning, it being too ‘common’ of a name, he now says that it suits me quite well.

Let me introduce myself properly, my name is Amelia Lynn. I am fifteen years old and waiting for adventure to find me.”


45 Responses to “Camp NANOWRIMO update”

  1. Lissa Cole July 10, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    Keep up on your writing and I hope you make your unofficial goal! I very much enjoyed the snippet : )


    • booksnbakery July 10, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks! It’s always so scary to put up what I’ve written…


  2. Ashley July 10, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Love it so far! Good luck reaching your goal 🙂


  3. Jordan July 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Lovely! Love that you have so much guts to put it up!


    • booksnbakery July 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      thanks! it helps that i’ve proof read and whatnot that part a few times….. =)


  4. Mandy@ a sorta fairytale July 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    This is awesome! Wishing you the best of luck in reaching your goal!


  5. Taneja's Bride July 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Beautifully written! Keep it up – can’t wait to read the finished product! ❤


  6. myrabev July 10, 2014 at 1:24 pm #

    This is really good, keep it up


  7. Amby Felix July 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    Keep up the great work and I know you will not only finish your writing goal but learn even more about yourself along the way. What a wonderful idea!


    • booksnbakery July 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      aw thank you! it is fun – and lots of work – but i love that i’m thinking about the story line random points of the day now!


  8. Sierra @ Sierra's View July 10, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    You are adorable!


  9. Joanna Sormunen July 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm #

    The exerp sounds really good! I think you’re right in not focusing on the amount of words but putting more time into writing and just writing more than before.


    • booksnbakery July 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      thanks. I just think that for me, i’d just be spewing stuff out onto the page or just wouldn’t write at all if i was shooting for 50,000 – that’s a lot!


  10. Bekkie - Lipstick & Lullabies July 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to read more!


  11. christenwypy July 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    I’m hooked already. Keep going!


  12. Jessica Doll July 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    I love the start to your story, and your writing style.


    • booksnbakery July 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      thank you! I have been told I write like i talk….sooo… =)


  13. estherjulee July 11, 2014 at 12:42 am #

    You’re doing great! I still haven’t had the guts to try a nanowrimo. Hopefully one day 🙂


  14. Laura July 11, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    Every year, I say that I’m going to complete Nano or Camp NaNo. and then I never do. I’m just always busy working on my book, I don’t want to take a month off to work on something else and I never finish anyways! Good for you for sticking with it!


  15. Sarah July 11, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Good for you for sticking with, I’m sure you’ll reach your goal


    • booksnbakery July 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

      thanks – i’m hoping to keep plugging away at it – but things like dishes keep me from writing .hehe


  16. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 11, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Wishing you all of the luck in reaching your goal


  17. Katreena @ Sugar Spice & Everything Life July 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Looks good. I look forward to seeing the rest.



  18. Raewyn July 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I loove this and can’t wait to read more!


  19. Amberly July 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm #

    This is really well written! I love it! 🙂


  20. kancell724 July 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

    Great so far! Keep working towards your goal!


  21. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) July 11, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I have always wanted to participate in a Camp nanowrimo, but just never have. The word count is definitely intimidating. I love how you focus more on writing more.


    • booksnbakery July 11, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      You should do it! i like that you can actually pick your goal word count… I just had no idea how many words to choose, so just left it at 50k


  22. Kristine Foley (@tffunedited) July 12, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Keep on going! You will get there! Great start!


  23. Jess July 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Keep going girl!! Looks great so far 🙂


  24. Deidre✌️ (@lovetheskinnys) July 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Great work! Keep it up. Cant wait for more.


  25. Darlene (mom) July 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Love the story so far…………can’t wait to read the book!!!


  26. Hima Rajana July 14, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    Good luck finishing all the way! I love it so far! 🙂

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts


  27. Neely (@Neelykins) July 14, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    You are a fantastic writer!


    • booksnbakery July 14, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

      Thanks – that might be the motivation i needed to get writing today!


  28. Rose L. August 14, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    I am in a women writers group and some of the women do the NANIWRIMO each year. We meet every Weds at the local college here in Oregon City! Such talent in there! Some are published!! I write poetry.


    • booksnbakery August 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Oh cool! i’ve never been in a writer’s group but might look into it!


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