NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. This event, which takes place every year in November, has as goal to get people writing. Preferably a novel, but the organization also accommodates ‘rebels’ who opt to write a screenplay, biography or whatever they can come up with. The word count for this event is quite steep, 50.000 words in one month to be precise. For some this threshold is a bit too much, for others it’s a great way to stay productive. For the latter and all people who desire a reboot of NaNoWriMo halfway through the year, there is Camp NaNoWriMo.
Camp NaNo, as it is lovingly called among many participants, invites (aspiring)writers to undertake any sort of writing project with a self-picked word-count. The organization describes it as follows:
“Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.”
As NaNoWriMo enthusiast, I’m currently working my ass off to finish my current fantasy novel, in order to join Camp NaNo with a new novel of which I’ve already drafted the first four chapters. Do you want to participate as well? Just visit the Camp NaNoWriMo website and sign up. After that, you can fill out your profile and add a project. It’s okay if you don’t know which cabin friends you want. I don’t know either. Just look for Cabin Settings, under Camper info and pick ‘Surprise me with random cabin mates!’ Hopefully I’ll see you in April at Camp NaNo.