Motivation – Camp NaNoWriMo

Most writers will have heard of NaNoWriMo, for those who haven’t this is shorthand for National Novel Writing Month.  Writers from all over the globe compete against themselves to write a novel. There are no restrictions on what your novel can be about, it just has to reach 50,000 NEW words in the 30 days of November.  This then makes you a winner and gives you access to a whole host of fantastic offers and prizes.

Last year I attempted the 50,000 word November challenge, and then I was right on track until about the start of the third week when I suddenly realised I was about to move house having just bought my first home and had absolutely nothing packed.  It then became a little disheartening that I was so behind the word count and I ended up giving in.  In the long term it has not affected my motivation and I have written some pieces I am really happy with since then.  However I did not win the 50,000 word challenge.

And that is where Camp NaNoWriMo comes into it’s own. Run twice a year (this year April and July) you can set your own word target so if you know 50,000 words is beyond you because of a busy schedule, juggling work, kids, dogs and writing, or just because you write slowly you can set a lower target and then have the satisfaction of smashing it into orbit!  It’s a great confidence boost.

Camp also comes with Camper Cabins.  You can choose to “bunk” with people you know or go into a random cabin.  Cabins are your social support network. Compare running word counts, share tips and motivation tips and get to know a few new friends with a shared love of writing.  Today is day 2 of the July camp.  I hope everyone who is already enrolled is getting on well and if you aren’t already signed up there is still plenty of the month left!


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