NaNovember Bootcamp

Writing Life NaNovember Bootcamp

Having the a monthly calendar of sprint times, double word count days and the list of daily bonus questions in prior years enabled me to plan better and not spend so much time searching around on the computer.
I liked being able to report numbers on the spreadsheet, because I don't like having to chase people for word counts etc, but perhaps if there was a way to show who reported and within the team page.
I agreed to be captain but then we lost over half our team (from 10 to 4)- hopefully it wasn't due to my 'captaining' ;) i spent a lot of time trying to track down team members to see if they were still participating, because I didn't know who was reporting each day.This added extra to do on top of the word count I was trying to get in.
I do love the Savvy bootcamp and am looking forward to next year.
Well organized and fun. RJ is the best! Tamsen, too!
For me there were more glitches with this event.

1. The start was rougher: The pre-notifications didn't happen. I didn't receive any or I would have responded immediately. Also, the set-up time seemed short and there didn't seem to be as many sign ups or newbies, so the energy wasn't happening at the front end of NaNo- boot camp.

2. Within the teams, there wasn't team building at first, since we entered our scores separately and had no interaction in the forums. Of course about mid second week that began to change and we started having Daily postings of encouragements and we had a watercooler that we added, but it wasn't until the number postings changed and we could see each other's numbers that we could really interact with each other. e.g some one had a great word count--two or three would atta girl them and comments would stream in. Lots of energy and interaction. This brought people into the threads more regularly.

Hence from that moment on, this boot camp became AWESOME!!! Our team ROCKED out. We didn't know who was writing all the crazy wild numbers but we soon found out...we had a couple of power houses steaming away with word counts. It was fun. It was crazy and most important it was team building. We got to know each other as people. We interacted with each other as writers. and as individuals. THAT is what makes a GREAT boot camp. BONDING! We bonded.

3. There was no cross team interaction. In the past, we have had cross team challenges. A water cooler where we could post things -- grandbabies born or awards to children etc. -- and we bonded across the teams.

If there were ways to interact across the teams, small competitions, or challenges--sprints? or awards given to one team on a given day, who has participation by all members?

4. I like the idea of sharing knowledge. Writing tips. Especially at NaNo time. If every team had the responsibility for producing some tips in a common forum for all to learn. The team receives team points every posting they make. They could receive bonus points for every time they have a different team member post--that team member must be available that day to answer questions about the post that people might have, and provide links to the source so people can follow up and study more. But it helps everyone learn and it gives more team points and individual points.

But over all I REALLY enjoyed this boot camp. While it started rough, the leadership team listened and made mid-course corrections that REALLY MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!! THAT IS FREAKING AWESOME. Even with the glitches in numbers and stuff, it made the latter part of the time of team building soooo much better, that it transformed this from a mundane boot camp with a so-so standing to a top 3 of nine boot camps ever. (I have to keep the ones with Riley and Angel on my top 2 because of partnering with them, not because of the boot camp).

And I think we could coordinate the boot camps and SIGs into more permanent competitions--I've invited this group to join either the Nanolit SIG OR the KidLit SIG because we have had such a grand time.

I think like Team Passion, we could actually develop a group that is ready pre-boot camp in the future. :) And we could develop more like it. A mystery group, a Science fiction/paranormal group etc.

Perhaps we could try to do a membership campaign with a run for SIGs too.
Thanks for asking You guys ROCKED.
I took the rating system above to mean 1 is the best.

I sent the below in as the answer to my daily challenge. I've copied it here.

1. Set up a reference area where either articles, or experts' knowledge on different writing subjects and genres can be accessed if a question comes up while writing. Putting similar material together under section heads would make articles easier to find. I'm new to YA, and although I'm taking a class now, I had many questions while writing.

This area can also be used by the Savvy membership in general at any time. Though, you may want to make it a premium member feature.

2. Concentrate on making Nanowrimo have personal goals instead of the 50K goal. If someone is editing instead of writing, a 50K word count is way off track for that person. Allow people to keep track of their progress however, they like, and give them rewards if they make their goals.

3. Having one overall winner can be modified to seeing if each person (or team) makes his/her own set goals. This, I think is a better way of successfully completing Nanowrimo.

If you find any of these interesting, let me know. I just gave overviews of these ideas.
I really enjoyed it. My team was supportive, encouraging and motivated me to do my best!