Hi Ho Hi Ho to Summer Camp I Go

When I was a small child my fear of night was too strong to ever agree to attend a sleep-away camp. The idea of spending hours canoeing, hiking or swimming in a lake were not exactly for me either. My love of nature was hit or miss at best. So instead I convinced my parents to let me go to day camps. They provided me with all the indoor arts and craft activities I craved and if I was feeling particularly adventurous I could go outside and join in with some of the happenings going on there too. Then at 4pm I would climb on the big yellow bus and get off at my home where I could swim in my pool, sleep in my bed and curl up at night with my notebook writing stories about the kids at the camp.

This summer I am feeling less than my usual enthusiasm for writing. I am sure this has been clear in my decreasing amount blog posts. I do however have a novel that I want to get a kick-start on. I have played with the idea of it for some time. I have a rough outline of it. I have researched for it. So what is stopping me? Motivation is low even though the sun is not shining. The Olympics have given me a good excuse not to write despite the fact I am only working three days a week for the summer to watch my children while they are off school.

Today I got an email from NaNoWriMo that just might give the answer to my dilemma. When I participated in the event in November I struggled but forced myself to reach the 50k word goal. It seems August 1st is the start of the second NaNoWriMo summer camp session and I decided to sign up. If it works for me as well as the November event did then I will be pleased.

Is anyone else taking part?


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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3 Responses to Hi Ho Hi Ho to Summer Camp I Go

  1. pattisj says:

    No, I’m still trying to catch up from November. 🙂 Go for it!

  2. Shona Patel says:

    Nanowrimo 2009 was the only reason I got my first book written (to be published in October 2013) It gave me a solid jump start. I plan on doing Nano again for my second novel.

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