Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

Hello there campers, or at least I assume you are either participating or considering participating in Camp NaNoWriMo. I am definitely going to be doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year.

Getting though camp can be seen as a bit daunting, especially if you are new or have yet to win. If this is you, I have a solution, Enter my Camp NaNoWriMo Survival Kit.

This blog post is going to give you an overview of the materials that I use and how I organize my story binder for camp. I use this same method for the official NaNoWriMo, so feel free to revisit this post in November.

The Survival Kit

Camp NaNoWriMo is a great way to challenge yourself as a writer, but before jumping in head first, how about coming up with a plan? Here is what my Camp NaNoWriMo survival kit entails.


This one is a no brainer, especially if you are the type that likes to jot everything down with pen and paper. I am not sure what it is about writing something down manually, but things seem to flow naturally whenever I write them out.

Comfy Clothes and Socks

When I write, I need to be in the zone, one way that I get there is by making sure I am comfortable where I am. A major part of this is clothing. I am a huge fan or Aeropostale, so that's what I wear when I write, their clothes are so comfortable for me.

And let's not forget the socks! I love being warm, regardless of the season. A nice pair of warm fuzzy socks, even in the winter, is amazing when I am in the zone.

Throw Blanket and My Heater

Going off of the clothing, I like being warm, so I cut on my personal heater and wrap a throw blanket around me while I write.

Crochet Project and Netflix/Hulu

Whenever I get stuck, or I feel a bit of writer block coming on, I clear my mind by watching Netflix or Hulu and working on a crochet project. Currently, I am working on a blanket for my bed.


I like to keep track of how long I write each day so that I can get a feel for my average word count in a set amount of time. This helps me with goal setting for my writing.


I am a planner by nature, so I plan out my goals and where I should be in the writing process prior to camp.

To Do List

Camp NaNoWriMo is not the only thing that I have going on in July, so I need to make sure that I am able to write and stay on top of things.

Goal Tracker

I am a visual person, so I need to see my progression. In my bullet journal, I have created goals spread for camp so that I can see my progression. It also motivates me whenever I check something off. I also have the 90X Goal Planner that I use to keep track of my goals as well.


Stickers are my weakness, so are sticky notes. Whenever I get a chance, I am always picking up a new pack of them. They keep me entertained in the planning process.

Bullet Journal

My bullet journal is where I will be keeping track of all my progress during camp. I will have many trackers that will be updated daily.

Multicolored Pens and Writing Utensils

Multicolored Pens and writing utensils will be for jotting down ideas, decorating and organization.


This is super important. I will be using google to fact check myself as well as using it as my personal dictionary.


No good deed should go unnoticed. I have created a list of rewards for myself during camp. Once I hit the goal I get to receive the set reward! It's so much fun and good for motivation.


My phone is my second lifeline, I when I am on the go, I will use it to work on my novel for camp.


Snacks are sooo important! I can't think of a writing session without them! My goal when writing is to move and be distracted as little as possible, so having snacks nearby will allow me to stay put longer.

NaNoWriMo Word Sprint

One the NaNoWriMo site, there is a word sprint tool. This will allow you to write in bursts. These are fun and come in handy when you need that extra push.

Writing Playlist

Let's not forget about some awesome tunes! On Spotify, I have a writing playlist that I listen to, it allows me to zone out and focus on my work.

Cabin Mates/Writing Buddy

Having a support system in place while writing is a great asset during camp. I am apart of a few writing groups and camp nano provides you with cabin members to interact with.

USB Drive

A USB drive to have my work saved in a secondary place in the case of a mass delete on my computer, I highly doubt it, but I plan on being prepared.

Story Binder

This is my holy grail. This is a tool that I cannot do without. In my story binder, I store all of my world building, character development, outlines and so on. This is where I keep all the information about my story.


Whenever I need new ideas, I turn to Pinterest. However I will be the first to admit, I do tend to get lost in the pins.


Next, to my story binder, this is where I will be writing and conducting research for my novel.

Printer and Ink

I will need my printer and ink in order to print information for my story binder.

Chai Tea and Sweet Tea

I love tea! Next, to sweet tea, I love chai!  I'll need something to drink so between these teas and water I will be all set!

My Story Binder

My story binder is where I keep all of the information for my blog. I have it set up as so...



Tabbed Dividers

Sticky Notes

Multicolored Pens and Highlighters

Five Star Filler Paper

Paper Protectors

Copy Paper


I organize my binder into sections so that it is easier to navigate, the sections are as follows.

Writing Plan

This is where I have planned out how many words a day, how much time I need to write in a day, and wherein the writing process I should be.

Index and At a Glance Pages

This page allows me to see the structure of the story overall without having to flip through the binder.

27 Chapter Outline

This is the outlining method that I use whenever I write, I have my story broken down in the outline already, so all I need to do is turn to the outline and begin writing.

Character Development

This is where I keep all the information about each of the characters that I introduce into my story.

World Building

This section is where I keep the information about my world, the rules, laws, and it's makeup.


Whenever I need to define something in the story, like a word that I have made up or a language that I have created or even a writing system. I keep that information in this section.

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