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Tomorrow marks the start of April Camp NanoWriMo, as well as the bithdays of four fictional characters that I am aware of and the birthdays of two of my cats. We will be focusing on the former here.

I will post the word crawls. I don't actually know if anyone wants to participate in this but I assume some of y'all are doing Camp NaNoWriMo and as you may know I can be a *bit* too persistent. I hope that some of y'all try these and talk about them! I'll post the first one tomorrow.

submitted by Feline Fantasy, Writing!
(March 31, 2021 - 7:41 pm)

HOORAY! Happy first day of camp, everyone!

I'm excited to see the word crawls. They always make me write more than I think I'm able too, and are super fun too :D :D

So, what are everyone's goals for camp? I'm aiming for 10,000 words this month, a little low for some people, but april is a busy month for me. 

submitted by Majestic Mary, age 1 eternity, Majestopia
(April 1, 2021 - 8:21 am)

I'm going for 25,000 but I might need to lower it considering that much of it will be planning. Here is the first part of the first one! (I don't want to overwhelm the Admins.) Credit to my little bird (the creator).

Word Crawl #1 Part 1 
First-year students are required to specify their blood status, depending on their writing speed: Muggleborn, for slower writers; Halfblood, for those at an average pace; and Pureblood, for those with exceptional writing speed.
Galleons are used to skip a round of the crawl that is particularly daunting. Students are reminded that only three Galleons may be spent per year and that it may be wise to spend your money wisely…
Be aware that rounds of the crawl get more intense and long as you move through your years at Hogwarts. This is because as you write more, you will be able to handle longer and more rigorous challenges.
Students may also bring, if they desire, an owl OR a cat OR a toad
You receive your Hogwarts letter by owl and are completely ecstatic to head out for your first year at Hogwarts. Sprint to 100 words to let out your excitement and energy.
You arrive in Diagon Alley and your first stop is Gringotts, wizard bank. Write for ten minutes. The amount of words you write will determine how many Galleons are in your vault.
Less than 100 words: 1 Galleon
100-200 words: 2 Galleons
More than 200 words: 3 Galleons
Less than 150 words: 1 Galleon
150-250 words: 2 Galleons
More than 250 words: 3 Galleons
Less than 250 words: 1 Galleon
250-350 words: 2 Galleons
More than 350 words: 3 Galleons
You step into Ollivander’s wand shop. Roll a die and multiply your roll by 100. Sprint to that many words.
Finally, you’re done shopping! But before you leave, you decide that you want to purchase a pet. Write for 15 minutes as you search for the perfect animal for you. Pick one: owl, cat, or toad.
After months of waiting, you’ve arrived on platform 9 ¾ and boarded the Hogwarts Express! Write to the nearest thousand as you settle into your seat and get ready for a long ride. If you need to write more than 500 words for this challenge and choose not to skip this round, take one Galleon.
Anything off the trolley, dear? Buy some sweets to help get you through the ride! Depending on your candy, find your challenge below!
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans: Participate in a Fifty Headed Hydra as you frantically try to get the taste of vomit out of your mouth.
Chocolate Frog: Write for five minutes as you chase down the frog.
Licorice Wand: Sprint to 150 words.
Pumpkin Pasties: Roll a die and multiply by 50. Write that many words.

submitted by Feline FanTOPsy
(April 1, 2021 - 12:26 pm)

Admins, it looks like I accidentally posted a link to the page without realizing it . . . should that be deleted? 

Word Crawl #1 Part 2:

You arrive at the castle and wait in the hall with the rest of the first years. You notice a boy with messy black hair and glasses talking with a redheaded boy, a girl with bushy hair whispering to the people around her, and a boy with pale… well, everything. Write for ten minutes as you attempt to socialize with the people around you.

Professor McGonagall escorts you and your peers into the Great Hall for the Sorting. After the Sorting Hat sings its song and several students walk up timidly, your name is called, and you sit yourself down on the stool, timid and worried about what is about to happen. McGonagall places the hat on your head, and you are sorted into your House. Pick from the four Houses- Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Gryffindor: Are you brave enough to write ten times your typing speed in 10 minutes?

Hufflepuff: Remain loyal to your word count and write steadily for 45 minutes with no breaks.

Ravenclaw: Calculate how many words it will take for you to write to the nearest 1000.

Slytherin: You’re an ambitious one, aren’t you? Write 750 words in 30 minutes!

The feast is delicious! Do the Three Digit Challenge as you eat at your House table and talk with those around you, as well as your House ghost. If you are in Hufflepuff, you know your chambers are near the kitchen so you save room for later and may skip this round for free.

You’ve settled into your dormitory quite quickly and nicely, and your first couple weeks of class go well. Write for an hour as you grow accustomed to your new classes and all of the magic you’re learning.

Muggleborns: If you write 750 words within the hour, take 2 Galleons.

Halfbloods: If you write 1,000 words within the hour, take 2 Galleons.

Purebloods: If you write 1,250 words within the hour, take 2 Galleons.

On your way to Potions, the messy haired boy who you now know is Harry Potter stops and asks you if you know where Professor Binns’ classroom is. Write 200 words in 10 minutes as you try to remember where his classroom is.

If you succeed: Harry hurries to Binns’ classroom and gives you a Galleon as a thank you for your help.

If you fail: You spend so much time trying to help Harry that you are both late to your next class. Write another 200 words as you apologize to Snape and try not to lose any points for your House.

If you are in Slytherin, Snape likes you and lets you skip this round for free.

You get locked out of your common room and Mrs. Norris finds you! You run with Harry, Ron, and Hermione to the third door corridor, and you find a giant three-headed dog! After making it back to your dormitory safely, roll a die, multiply your roll by 100, and write that many words as you try to calm down.

Troll! In the dungeon! You go with Harry and Ron to find Hermione and end up fighting the troll with them. Sprint to 250 words, and try not to get yourself killed. If you are in Gryffindor, you fight the troll bravely and may skip this round for free.

You go down to Hagrid’s hut to have tea with him. When you try his treacle fudge, your teeth get stuck together! Write for fifteen minutes as Hagrid tries to help and Madam Pomfrey magically loosens the cement-like effect the fudge had on your mouth.

Months pass, and it’s Christmas morning! You receive 3 Galleons from your parents, as well as a challenge from the Weasley twins. Write 1000 words in under an hour.

If you succeed: they give you a Galleon.

If you fail: they hit you with snowballs until you’re buried under heavy amounts of snow and make you write 250 more words.


I think I removed the link now. It wasn't easy to figure out. I think it had to do with copy and pasting. Thank you for telling us!



submitted by Feline Fantasy
(April 1, 2021 - 4:49 pm)

Here is the rest of the first one -- I hope you enjoy!

Word Crawl #1 Part 3

During the Gryffindor vs Slytherin Quidditch game, you get incredibly excited. Roll a die. If even, you’re cheering for Gryffindor; if odd, you’re cheering for Slytherin. Word war for fifteen minutes with someone cheering for the opposite team. If you beat them, you win your bet, and you take 2 of their Galleons. But be careful- if you lose, you give them 2 of your Galleons. A bet’s a bet.

Harry tells you that he suspects that Snape is going after the Philosopher’s Stone and you decide to go with the trio to try to get to the Stone before Snape does. But before you can even go down the trapdoor, you need to make it past Fluffy. Write for ten minutes as you lull him to sleep sneak through the door. If you are in Ravenclaw, you know exactly how to keep Fluffy asleep and may skip this round for free.

Oh no- you and your friends are trapped in a patch of Devil’s Snare! Hermione tells you that you need to write 300 words in five minutes in order to safely escape.

If you succeed: You make it out of the deadly plant without a scratch and even spot a Galleon on the ground. What luck!

If you fail: Hermione has to set the plant on fire to get you out alive. She thinks very poorly of your skills now, so write another 300 words to impress her.

Harry catches a flying key and opens a large wooden door. Inside the next room is a giant wizard chess set. You and your friends need to replace some of the pieces and play the game. Ron takes the place of a knight, Harry becomes a bishop, and Hermione takes over for a rook. Pick a chess piece and complete the challenge below! Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.

Pawn: You know you won’t be of much use to the game and think it would be wisest to be taken out early. Complete a Fifty Headed Hydra and take a fifteen minute writing break to recover from your injuries.

Rook: You take the place of the other rook and spend the game running across the board, strategically taking out important pieces of the other side’s team. Sprint to 200 and take a five minute writing break once the game is won.

Bishop: You take the place of the other bishop and sneakily take out pawns on the other team. Write for 20 minutes and take a five minute writing break once the game is won.

Knight: You take the place of the other knight and become the wild card of the match. Write 300 words in 15 minutes until you’re taken out by one of the other team’s rooks. Take a fifteen minute writing break to recover from your injuries.

Harry and Hermione move ahead into the next room when you stay with Ron. When Hermione comes back, sprint to 500 words as you run to find Dumbledore and explain the situation to him.

The word gets out that Professor Quirrell is the one who wanted the stone, not Snape! Rumors also spread of your bravery in helping Harry, Ron, and Hermione as you four went through the challenges the professors set to protect the stone. Dumbledore awards you fifty points for your courage. Write for five minutes as your peers congratulate and admire you.

Summer vacation is here! Take an hour long writing break- you deserve it! 

submitted by Feline Fantasy
(April 2, 2021 - 2:49 pm)

My goal is 15,000, I'm hoping I'll be able to do it!! April is a busy month for me as well, and Spring Break is next week for me, so that's when I normally try to be off my screen... but I'm going to try anyway!

Happy writing!! 

submitted by Clementine, age 13
(April 1, 2021 - 5:55 pm)

Just joined with a goal of 10,000! Hopefully I get there, I’ve never done this before. What is a Fifty Headed Hydra? 

submitted by NiteSkiies, age Immortal, Floating with the Stars
(April 2, 2021 - 8:40 pm)

Happy Camp NaNowrimo! My goal is small but it is my first time participating and I'm busy so a brief 7000 words! (Oh great I'm already behind)

submitted by Princess Juniper, age she/her, Nowhere
(April 3, 2021 - 6:42 am)

I hope I'm not the only one doing these . . .

Crawl #2 Part 1: 

You’ve been spending your summer with the Weasleys, and when you and Ron find out that Harry’s in trouble, you go with him, Fred, and George to rescue him in the flying car. Write for ten minutes as you fly home to the Burrow.

Molly has some work for you to do to help around the house. For every challenge below that you complete, she gives you one Galleon.

De-gnome the garden: Word war for fifteen minutes with a friend. The loser has to write an additional 100 words!

Fix the clock: Write 250 words.

Help Molly cook dinner: Write for twenty minutes.

Errol arrives with everyone’s book lists, and Gilderoy Lockhart’s name is written all over it. Write 3% of your current word count, as you worry that it’ll take 3% of everything you own to buy his books along with everything else you’re going to need.

Floo powder power! Floo powder power! Write 500 words in fifteen minutes as you travel to Diagon Alley. If you are in Ravenclaw, you know exactly how to use Floo powder and may skip this round for free.

If you succeed: You spot a Galleon on the ground outside of the fireplace! What luck!

If you fail: You end up in Knockturn Alley with Harry. Write an additional 200 words as you find your way back to the Weasleys.

Your first stop is Gringotts to pick up some additional money for your schoolbooks. Write for ten minutes. The amount of words you write will determine how many Galleons you take out of your vault.


Less than 150 words: 1 Galleon

150-250 words: 2 Galleons

More than 250 words: 3 Galleons


Less than 200 words: 1 Galleon

200-300 words: 2 Galleons

More than 300 words: 3 Galleons


Less than 300 words: 1 Galleon

300-400 words: 2 Galleons

More than 400 words: 3 Galleons


You spend so much money in the book shop buying your books. Write 500 words as you try to balance your new books along with everything else. 

submitted by Feline Fantasy
(April 3, 2021 - 3:26 pm)

Don't worry, I'm doing them, Feli! I just didn't have anything to comment. I hit 5.3k today! Yay!

submitted by NerdFace
(April 3, 2021 - 5:17 pm)

That's great! I am way ahead of my 24,000 word goal. I currently have 5730 words written! I actually just finished the outline for my whole Ski Lodge (wow, look at me, PLANNING) and I want to assign parts/tailor it specifically to the CBers who signed up but taht has been going slowly so I won't have much more to do until more people sign up. Anyways, here is the next part!

Crawl #2 Part 2: 

On September 1st, you go with Harry and the Weasleys to Kings Cross Station, but you get stuck outside of Platform 9 ¾! You, Harry, and Ron decide to find another way to get to school this year… Word war with a friend for an hour during the long drive- er, flight in the Ford Anglia. The winner gets to take a Galleon from the other.

Upon your arrival at Hogwarts, you crash into a strange tree that starts to attack you! Write 300 words as you escape from the tree and take the walk of shame into the school.

It’s a miracle that you’ve arrived back at school safely, and that you weren’t expelled. Instead, your Head of House decides that you will be serving your detention with them. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to skip this round even if you have enough Galleons to do so.

Gryffindors: Write for 30 minutes as you search Professor McGonagall’s classroom frantically for the needles that Peeves decided to hide from the first years.

Hufflepuffs: Write 400 words in fifteen minutes as you help Professor Sprout transport some Mandrakes into Greenhouse Three. If you fail, your earmuffs become loose and you faint from their shrieks. Write an additional 150 words.

Ravenclaws: Write 500 words as you gather feathers for Professor Flitwick to use with his students.

Slytherins: Do the Three Digit Challenge as you collect ingredients around Hagrid’s hut for Snape’s newest potions.

Gilderoy Lockhart turns out to be a babbling idiot and tells you to roll a die, multiply your roll by 100, and write that many words in order to catch all of the Cornish pixies he let loose in his classroom. Naturally, it doesn’t work, but Hermione takes care of them for you. Immobulus!

Ron is puking slugs after standing up for Hermione! Take him to Hagrid’s hut and write for five minutes as you help him to feel better. If you are in Hufflepuff, you would help Ron no matter what and may skip this round for free.

You’re invited to Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday party on Halloween night. But the question is, will you go to the party or to the feast?

If you go to the feast: Complete a Fifty Headed Hydra as you stuff your face with delicious food. You do feel bad about not going to the party, though…

If you go to the party: Write for twenty minutes as you stand around the party, bored out of your mind and wishing you were eating food at the feast. When no one is around to notice, Harry slips a Galleon into your hand and thanks you for coming with him.

On your way back to the dormitory, you discover Mrs. Norris hanging from a torch racket, somehow Petrified… and somehow Filch seems to think that you did it! Write to the nearest thousand as you try to explain to Dumbledore and Filch that you couldn’t have done it because you’re not the Heir of Slytherin.

You and your friends decide to join the Dueling Club, and you’re excited to show off your skills! Word war for fifteen minutes with a friend.The winner of the duel gets bragging rights; the loser has to write an additional 100 words.

Merry Christmas! Your plans for the day: sneak into the Slytherin common room using Polyjuice potion to interrogate Malfoy and ask if he’s the Heir of Slytherin. Write 400 words as you impersonate a Slytherin student by taking the potion. If you are in Slytherin, you already have access to the Slytherin common room and may skip this round for free.

submitted by Feline Fantasy, A Toast Fairy Village
(April 4, 2021 - 2:05 pm)

These word crawls are super motivating, thanks for posting them :D

I raised my goal to 12,000 because I've been writing way above the necessary average to achieve 10,000. I want to raise it again, but I think I've just got the first week motivation and probably won't be able to keep it up as the month goes on. These word crawls will definitely help as my productivity levels start to plummet, which I assure you they probably will. 


MM, are you copying these long "crawls" from the Nano site? If so, I'll need to check to see if that's allowed. But it's fine if you're creating your own crawls.


submitted by Majestic Mary, age 1 eternity, Majestopia
(April 3, 2021 - 6:05 pm)

@Admins, I have been the one posting them and yes, I have been copying them off a NaNo wiki page. Sorry if it ends up not being allowed, I didn't realize.

Oh my gosh, Saffron says "xxyou"! The "xx" looks like dead cartoon eyes. Saffron! 

I'm checking with our editorial department. I would encourage any of you to create your own original word crawls.


submitted by Feline Fantasy, A Toast Fairy Village
(April 6, 2021 - 3:42 pm)