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Camp Care Package: The only thing that worked for me

Your daily Camp Care Package is brought to you in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Author Maurene Goo brought us last week's Camp Care Packages:

This year, I finally had to draft an entire novel for the first time in my life. Gone were my casual word count goals. I had to finish this thing. Luckily, one of my writing pals, fellow YA author Morgan Matson, introduced me to my now-favorite writing trick: The 30-minute sprint (similar to the Pomodoro technique).

You write for 30 minutes, then take a 5-10 minute break. It’s just enough time to get some words down, but feels bite-sized and totally doable. The little break is a dangling carrot, too. I drafted my entire novel this way and it was incredibly helpful.

What's your favorite drafting method? Share your thoughts with Maurene, or thank her for today's #CampCarePackage!

Camp Goings-On

  • Feeling inspired? Celebrate your accomplishments or give yourself that extra incentive by getting a Storysquatch shirt or Camp Creatures mug.
  • Share your characters with us! During this week's Virtual Write-In, Maddi and Emily shared their character sketches, and we'd love to see yours. Upload a character drawing on Instagram with the tag #CampNaNoCharacter and we may repost it!

Today's Writing Challenge

Try doing some 30-minute writing sprints with a break in between. You can use the NaNoWriMo Word Sprint tool to keep track of your time, or even create a group Word Sprint with your friends and writing buddies!

Maurene Goo

Maurene Goo grew up in a Los Angeles suburb surrounded by floral wallpaper and piles of books. She is the author of Since You Asked… and I Believe in a Thing Called Love and has very strong feelings about tacos and houseplants. You can find her in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats—one weird, one even more weird.

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