How To Crush Camp NaNo 101

by | 12 April 2019 | Writing | 8 comments

Disclaimer: this is a humourous post meant to amuse, not to instruct. You have been warned. 😉

Here’s a little behind the scenes peek at my 101 posts. Cover your ears quickly, if you actually thought these were legitimately serious writing advice posts, because I’m about to spoil your dreams. 😛

Normally when I write a 101 post, I think about all the terrible things that you should actually never do, then pretend that I’m trying to convince you to do it.

Today, I have a confession to make: almost every single one of these tips, I have actually done this month already. Whoops. 😅


Moving right along from how well I’m living out my own bad advice…let’s get straight into it!


Enter unprepared

There’s nothing better than starting off the month of camp with absolutely no idea what you’re doing. Why plan when you could spend the first two weeks panicking?



There are endless ways to procrastinate, but some of the best ways are to make a book playlist, aesthetic collages, or expand your pinterest boards.

All these ones are extremely good, because they’re easily justified as helping you develop your Camp NaNo story better even though they very rarely actually help.

There are plenty of other methods of procrastination, but I’ll tell you about those later (pun/irony intended 😆).


Come up with new book ideas mid-month

When you’re booked out with writing plans for a whole month, it’s the perfect time to think of a new book idea and suddenly have to make a pinterest board and all the aforementioned procrastination things, as well as writing down notes and naming characters and brainstorming magic systems.

Will this help your Camp NaNo word count? Shhh, don’t think about that now. Just think about the book ideas.


Re-obsess over other ideas, new or old

Following on from the last point: Even if you don’t get a new book idea, there’s always old ones too.

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right? Same goes for all those books which you’re not writing yet.

Share the love around! Get distracted from writing! You’ll probably regret it later! Oh wait… 🤔


Realise that you’re really in the mood for editing that other project right now

You know that editing project you were working on last month? Yep, it’s time to get back into an editing mood.

This tip is the best one of all, because it leaves you with the dilemma of whether you should actually switch back and do some editing while you feel like it, or if you should just stick with your first drafting.

Who doesn’t want a mid-camp crisis?



That’s about all the advice I have for you today. Just a few of these simple steps, and your camp stats will almost definitely start dropping behind. Go forth and procrastinate! 😂


Tell me — have you done any of these this month? Can you guess which one (yes, singular one) of these I didn’t do?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. J.A.Penrose

    Well. *peers at you* Mebbe it’s time I start declaring word wars on you to convince you to leave some projects alone…instead of talking to you about them. xD

    Brilliant tips! I shall be sure to (not) follow them.

  2. S.F. Dekreel

    . . . Suddenly I’m glad I ended up not doing Camp Nano. So many responsibilities, you know? XD 😉

  3. Merie Shen

    Ah, I’m a master at doing all of these things. 🙂 Now let me go off and procrastinate some more… xDD

  4. Nicole Dust


    *sigh* Sadly, I have done all of these in the past day or so. *facepalm* Oh well, I’ll figure it out! Great post, Jane!

  5. Evelyn Kelly

    Wow. Looks like I’m on my way to winning NaNoWriMo. xD 😉

  6. Mem

    Oh my word, Jane. You’ve already done all of these??? XD XD XD (Well; I already did the first one so I’m not much better. XP)

    • Jane Maree

      Shhh, yes I have. 😂 All except for the first one actually, because I’d (for once) plotted Princess in March!

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