CampNaNoWriMo Struggles – Why This Year Is Different


CampNaNoWriMo always comes with a unique set of struggles. The energy is different from the main NaNoWriMo event. The community is smaller for camp and the ability to set our own goals is both a blessing and a curse.

Even the weather works against us during Camp. I know the weather is just about the opposite of my experience for friends in the southern hemisphere so I cannot speak for their seasonal-related struggles. These conditions will mostly apply to my experience, which are probably similar to the experiences of other writers in my region of the world.

Normally, the distractions in April come from warm weather and increasingly green landscapes. We want to be outside soaking up the sunshine between rain showers. It can take us away from our writing, but it can also bring inspiration through renewed energy.

Writing this month is a struggle because winter refuses to loosen its grasp. The dark, dreary, cold weather works to our advantage in November. The transition from bright, crisp fall to dark, frosty winter is in full swing. We enjoy it and use it to our advantage because the transition makes it new. So far, this month is not so different from November weather-wise, but now it is nothing new. The near-constant cold and ever-present discussion of forecasted snow showers wear on our nerves. We want warm days and green as far as the eye can see. So far, we’re just getting more winter.

Maybe the weather will improve as the month progresses. I hope so. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to get back to my normal Camp struggles of wanting to spend my days outside instead of writing.

What’s the weather like for you? Are you feeling discouraged this month like me?

8 thoughts on “CampNaNoWriMo Struggles – Why This Year Is Different

  1. Unlike March when it snowed, April seems to have remembered we’re supposed to be in Spring here (though it’s still a bit cold!) this is the first time I’ve done Camp NaNoWriMo but I’m really enjoying being able to set my own goal for this one (I’ve gone with 10k words, not many I know!) Good luck with your writing goals for the rest of the month. 🙂

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    • We’re still getting cold wind and snow in our forecasts here. More snow is supposed to be on the way Saturday. I’m holding out hope for a sudden explosion of spring, but until then I’m staying in, hiding under blankets and trying to find the willpower to write.

      10k is a great goal for CampNaNo! I’m always trying to set goals that stretch just beyond what I think I can do during Camp. Most of the time, I can’t quite reach the goals I set, but I still have fun.


  2. The weather better improve… It’s been so cold and I really want spring. Though it’s not really affecting my writing. If anything, it’s making me want to stay in and keep going.

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