I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo April 2021!

So, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this month. I have picked up my project from 2016, and will pretty much rewrite the whole thing. Keeping elements, of course, and essence of the main character. But all-in-all it needs a redo.

Even though I registered at the NaNoWriMo webpage in 2006 (I can be found as lunacia over at the website), 2016 was my first year to actually win a November NaNoWriMo. It’s in general easier to win a camp, as you set your own goal.

My goal is 3,000 words, which is an average of 100 words per day. This fits me, personally, much better than the average of almost 1,700 words you have for the November 50,000 goal. When I rush it, it turns out really, really crappy. Taking it slowing gives me time to pause and think. I tend to write more than 100 words when I sit down, but not every day. Also, should I have a bad day where I can’t write, it’s not the big setback. I never know when the migraine strikes…

How about you, are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April? Are you taking part of NaNoWriMo at all?

Fingers touching a black computer keyboard. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2021
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2021

I attended a webinar on how to write a fantasy novel!

I have always enjoyed wrtiting, and for NaNoWriMo 2016, I wrote a fantasy novel. When i finished it, one thing was utterly clear: It was a piece of rubbish. Now, there are elements of it that I like, so I keep thinking it would be a good plan to pick it up, and make some major changes to it. When the Norwegian Forfatterskolen (meaning: “Author School”) offered a free webinar on “How to write a fantasy novel”, I just knew that I need to attend this, and signed up.

Photo of Elin with headphones, red t-shirt, in front of her computer. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2020
Me ready for the webinar!
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2020

The webinar lasted for almost two hours, and after hardly any sleep the previous night I can’t say I was very awake… That being said, I really did get some helpful tips. I have seen character building as something I’ve not been too bad at, but I still think I got some helpful pointers to get even better at it.

I had hoped to do NaNoWriMo again this year, I had a wonderful time last year. If I have the time and energy, I’m not sure about. We’ll see what I end up doing, but I really should get back at working on that novel…

London, writing and stuff

I’m currently in a café at Heathrow, heading back to Oslo after a coupe of days in London. I have been using most of today for writing, and it went very well. So I reached today’s goal, and am hoping to nap and read on the plane back.

While in London, I met up with the ever so lovely Pogodragon. It’s always good to see her, and I always try to meet up with her when in London. We had a lovely meal at a place called Wild Food Café, which is a vegan place in Covent Garden. I had a lentil cottage pie, and it came with kale crisps. The kale crisps were amazing. YUM!

I am hoping to finish my novel this week end, and I’m planning on going skating on Sunday, as the ice rink in the centre of Oslo is opening then. The great thing about the Spikersuppa rink is that if you have your own skates, it’s totally free, but you can also rent skates for 100 NOK per day.

I have quite a few new books I’m looking forward to reading. I haven’t really read a lot since I started NaNoWriMo. Come done with my novel, and I’ll read!

View from an airplane, you can see parts of the wing. Under it you can see the Themes.
London from above
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016

The famous TARDIS from Doctor Who
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016

A pizza
Vegan pizza
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016


November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This is somthing I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m finally doing it. I have been wanting to for a very long time, but work tents to eat it up, so to say.

So, what’s different this year, you might ask. Well, I have been mad enough to take four weeks off work. Unpaid. Simply to write. So, that’s what I’m doing. Come 30 November, I will have a novel of 50 000 words. I’m well on my way, but there’s still a lot to do.

I am currently trying to write 2 000 – 3 000 words every day. This leaves space for bad days. Like last Wednesday, when the day was filled with bad news, a migrain attack, and some other blahness. I managed only 500 or so words. Fortunately, I had had a couple of other days with about 3 000 words, so it was okay. There will be good days, and there will be bad days. It’s just as well to write more on good days.

Are YOU doing NaNoWriMo this year?

An open laptop computer, showing a text document. To the right there's a carafle of coffee, as well as a cup of coffee.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2016