Six Motivating Camp Nanowrimo Activities!

I’ve been caught up with writing for Camp Nanowrimo, which is a ton of fun! However, sometimes it can be difficult to stay on task and keep writing, especially during Nanowrimo-style challenges where word-count is key. This is a list of camp activities that I’ve started with my writing group in an attempt to get one another involved.

Music Monday! Share a music video with the group to show off your hard work- one word for each second of the video. (e.g. If you want to rickroll the whole group, that’s only 213 words! :P)

“Twofer Tuesday(or “2’s day!”) Challenge your group mates by writing 100-300 words, and then tagging 2 more people to match that number. (Feel free to tag yourself for a ‘double down’ effect!)

Word Sprint Wednesday! As a group, try to rack up a tally of 10-minute word sprints. For keeping things easy between time zones, word sprints start at :00, :15, :30, and :45 every hour.

Treat Yourself Thursday! Find something you want (on amazon or another site) and “buy it” using words. If each word is a cent, then something that is $5 would cost 500 words. Then share your fake purchases with the group! That way, you can learn a little bit about each other, too.

Free-for-All Friday! Use a combination of any of the week’s methods to up your word count, and share with the group. Check out twitter for the #FriDare hashtag if you’re looking for extra inspiration.

Sketch Saturday! Have some artsy types in your group? Trade sketches with one another, at a ‘cost’ of 1000 words. Share information about your characters, and see how people in your group would draw them. I find fan art very encouraging!

A week is six days, right? If it isn’t it should be.

Have another activity you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it!

Write On!



Creating Playlists for Writing!

Hello Humans!

Supposedly, appreciation of music is some kind of universal human trait, and I’ve learned to enjoy it. A lot of people, myself included, listen to music at some point when writing. However, when I’m writing, the music needs to reflect the mood I’m trying to portray, or at least be relevant to the story, and I get particular about the kind of music I’m listening to when I write.

Without further adieu (ha!), this is a skimpy little method on how I create writing playlists, which I’m sure has many variations all across the ‘net. I try to start quite a while before my project is underway or in the beginnings, but I’ve been “collecting” songs for particular projects in personal YouTube playlists a lot recently.

Note: Determine if you can listen to music with lyrics in your own language, or another language, or if you get distracted by human vocalizations. If you do get distracted, try limiting your search to instrumental music!

  1. Check out soundtracks or playlists that other people have made. I like to go to 8tracks and search via strange keywords. My absolute favorite playlist for a couple of projects has been VILLAIN(OUS). Feel free to explore on this platform, and stick here if you find a series of playlists that suit your needs.
  2. Take notes of songs you like, or don’t like, from your current music habits- either listening on a long drive, or letting YouTube or Pandora suggest possibilities.
  3. Create a playlist on YouTube (or your preferred site). Once logged in on YoutTube, you can select a small “+ Add to” button, underneath the video in the current layout. If you’re creating a new playlist, you can name it here, or select a previously named playlist.
  4. After you’ve started to put songs on your playlist, you can find the playlist in your library, and order them in whatever way you like! This helps me to smoothly transition into different emotions for a particular work. Remember that you can start playing the list anywhere!

Creating a playlist of music that helps me to resonate well with what I need to write helps me to stay focused and provides me with an extra oomph of motivation. Also, you can share your playlists with other humans by changing your preferred settings. How endearing!

Happy Listening!