Spring is theoretically around the corner (at least it would be if the weather would cooperate for once), and if you haven’t heard the latest talk in the Nanowrimo community, you’re in luck!
For its third year, the folks that run National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) are getting ready to launch Camp NaNoWriMo for the Spring and Summer. I couldn’t be more excited for camp to come, and if you’re wondering why you should participate, here are some things to consider arguments:
- You can write what you want. Unlike its parent event, National Novel Writing Month, your work doesn’t have to be a novel, and you don’t even have to start from scratch. Not that it’s stopped NaNo rebels in the past, but this is the month where no one cares what you’re working on, as long as you’re writing. Seriously, You can work on research for your novel (get those characters all fleshed out), outline a novel you’d like to get working on, your thesis for college, continue working on a work in progress, anything writing related. You could work on writing blog posts if you wanted to. All that matters is that you’re writing, and working towards a word count.
- You determine the word count. National Novel Writing Month has a fixed, inflexible word count goal minimum of 50,000 words. With Camp Nanowrimo, you can write anywhere from 500 to 500,000 words. So if you’re feeling ambitious and wanting to really push yourself, or if you’re busy and don’t want to commit to more than you think you can manage, Camp Nanowrimo accommodates everyone from the “overachiever” to those who are just looking for light writing exercise. I’m personally just going to challenge myself to 10K in April.
- The Cabins are awesome. The cabins are an awesome experience. This year they’ve increased the cabin sizes from their typical size of 5 members to 11 members. In the two years I’ve done Camp NaNo, I’ve met some of the most encouraging writers through Camp from outside my local NaNo region. It’s also a handy place to bounce around ideas and help get other writers out of a tight spot in their writing.
- It runs more than once a year! Even if you don’t sign up for the April session of Camp Nanowrimo, you still have the opportunity to do it again in July. You can even do both sessions if your heart desires. The whole point of Camp Nano is to write, and to enjoy a stress free, low-stakes environment during the spring and summer months. It’s also a great substitute for NaNoWriMo if you can’t do it, or if life made last year’s event difficult to finish.
It’s still not too late to sign up. All you have to do is hop on over to the Camp NaNoWriMo website to sign up. I hope to see you there!