Camp NaNoWrimo: Pros and Cons of Participating

Hello everyone! The end of March, sad. But the beginning of April. exciting and nervewrecking, for a wonderful thing has arrived. Camp NaNoWrimo. It is currently 3 days until April begins and I still do not know whether I want to participate or not. I have a story outlined that I was going to write over spring break but that never happened so I could always use it for NaNo this time.

By the way, Camp NaNo is a writing thing where you set a word count goal for yourself, try and achieve that goal, and if you do, you get cool stuff. sweet.

To come to my final decision, I decided to make a little pros and cons list to help me, and maybe you figure out whether it is a good decision for you to do Camp NaNo. Let us commence.


- THE EXPERIENCE! all the stuff you'll learn.

- FRIENDS! people you meet in your cabin or um, your characters?

- THE JOY OF WRITING. that feel you get when you're literally writing a book.

- THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING. the thrill you get when again you're trying to write ___ words in literally 30 days. 

- PRIDE. i've done regular NaNo and Camp NaNo each once and I can tell you the pride you feel after you've finished your ____ amount of words is priceless.


- IT IS TONS OF FUN. you will never be bored. virtual write ins + writing a lot = FUNFUNFUN

- YOU GET A FREE BOOK OUT OF IT. well that is, if you finish. 


- your novel could suck. You are trying to write ____ (usually above 10k) words in 30 days, which is a lot of words, and sadly not a lot of time, so it's most likely not going to turn out well :/

- you can edit your word goal. Okay this may seem cool but it takes away the challenge of it all. Knowing that if you want to give up and lower your word count to some stupid number, you can, takes away all that thrill.

- the community is much smaller. People tend to do traditional NaNo more than Camp for several reasons, so you might not connect with as many people. 

- it gets stressful. But, if you have good time management and can work hard, it'll be fine. 

- EDITING. need i say more

- it can possibly result in a lot of this:

In conclusion, I think it just depends on how packed you are. BUT if anyone has any questions for NaNo, let me know, I am not an expert but I do know my way fairly well around it so yes. 

I will most likely be doing NaNo, I'm all prepared I just need to prepare mentally, which shouldn't take more than one sleepless night of frustration. 

Hope you guys enjoyed and that it helped out! Also let me know if you are doing Camp this year so we can arrange a cabin together or something ;)

Thanks for reading,


  1. Ive done regular NaNo for the past 3 years but Ive never attempted Camp before. every year I debate about it. maybe I should. I mean, I do have a WIP that Im rewriting.
    but finals. lol. so maybe next year.

    best of luck with your writing!

  2. This is a very helpful article, thank you! I've been a bit in the dark about exactly how Camp NaNo works for a while. Unfortunately, April is on track to be a really busy month in terms of schoolwork, so I don't think I'll do it. But good luck to you and everyone else who participates!!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

  3. I'm kinda new to the whole Nanowrimo thing but I think its great you're doing it. (You still didn't give us the story you wrote last time >:O) Good luck!

  4. Wait! What is this type of writing? Could you please explain in further detail? Or link an article/post explaining?

    Thanks! :)

  5. This article is really helpful, Noor! This actually my first participating in any NaNoWriMo thing, so I thought I would start small with Camp first. ;)
    Me and my friend already have a cabin together, so if you want, you can join us. :) What's your username?
    ~ Suzy

  6. I haven never completed Nano, it stresses me out.

  7. Though I'm not really a writer, this sounds really cool! Thank you for this helpful post ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  8. Can't go wrong with free books!

    Meme xx

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