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!