It’s time for camp, boys and girls! But what is that, you say? You’re not prepared for camp? You’re not wishing for weeks spent in the great outdoors, sweating and getting eaten by mosquitos while fighting for the latest kitchen grub? Well, fear not, fellow traveler, because that sort of camping is not what we had in store.
Enter Camp NaNoWriMo, where the only exercise you’ll be getting is by running marathons with your fingers. Camp begins on July 01st, and I am oh-so-excited!
Many of you already know of National Novel Writing Month (or “NaNoWriMo” for short), where participants are challenged to write 50,000 words of any novel within November’s 30-day span. The key to keeping on track is to write a minimum of 1667 words per day…and more than that when possible to stay ahead. NaNoWriMo is fun, challenging, and rewarding. But to those who prefer short stories or novellas, or who are already nearing the midway point of their current manuscript, having a 50,000 word goal can be both daunting and unnecessary.
This is why Camp NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity for all writers. Instead of being given a straightforward 50,000 word goal, writers are able to choose their own writing goals that best suit their needs and schedules. Want to aim for 20,000 words? Let’s give it a go! Aiming for that 100,000 word masterpiece? Be my guest!
Known as “an idyllic writer’s retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life”, Camp NaNoWriMo puts you in control of your prose’s destiny, allowing you to navigate the plans and insanities of your life as you see fit. It is often seen as a far-less-stressful event that your typical NaNoWriMo, and it can be a great test-run for those aiming to take November’s plunge.
To help increase motivation, all Camp NaNoWriMo participants are placed into virtual cabins. These cabins are compromised of up to twenty fellow campers that you can communicate and share encouragement with throughout the month. You can create your own cabin and invite friends, join a friend’s pre-existing cabin, or choose to be randomly assigned to a cabin based on your user preferences.
Not fond of your cabinmates? No big deal. Cabins are re-assigned prior to every camp session. You can also choose to leave your current cabin at any time, and you will still be eligible for a reassignment the following session.
Just like a normal NaNoWriMo session, you will be able to update your word count as frequently (or as infrequently) as you prefer by using the tab at the top of the website. I recommend doing daily updates, as this makes it easier to track your speed and your progress with penning your prose.
Beginning July 20th, you will be able to validate your writing project by inserting it into the Camp NaNoWriMo website. Did you hit your goal? You will now be eligible to receive prizes from the NaNoWriMo team!
If you’re ready for a month of writing excitement, be sure to hop over to the Camp NaNoWriMo website and create an account. God speed, young writer!