Camp NaNoWriMo starts in 3 days! Are you participating? If you are, let me know if the comments below and share your username if you’re comfortable – we can be camp buddies! You can find me on Camp NaNoWriMo as “SEDunawayBooks.”
What Is Camp NaNoWriMo?
If you are familiar with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), you know that it occurs every November. Camp NaNoWriMo is the summer version and you can participate every April and July. Just sign up here.
Note that if you already have a NaNoWriMo account, you can use the same information to log in on the Campsite.
My Goal: 50,000 words (maybe)
With Camp NaNoWriMo, you can set a goal anywhere from 30 to 999,999 words, hours, lines, or pages for your project. The sky’s the limit! I’ve currently set a goal for myself of 50,000 words. There’s a few reasons for this:
- I’ve already started my book and I have approximately 31,000 words written. I want Camp NaNoWriMo to be the motivation and the push that I need to finish my book (which will be roughly 50,000 more words).
- NaNoWriMo experiences since 1999 show that 50,000 words is a challenging but achievable goal, even for people with full-time jobs and children. I need a challenging, but achievable goal.
- If my book ends up being a little bit shorter than 80,000 words, then I can simply edit my word count goal. Again, my primary goal isn’t to simply write 50,000 words – it is to finish my book.
One of the other features of Camp NaNoWriMo that I really enjoy is the use of Cabins. A cabin is comprised of up to 20 fellow Campers to communicate and share encouragement with during a Camp NaNoWriMo session. You can create your own cabin, join an existing cabin, or have NaNoWriMo assign you a cabin, based on your preferences. This year, I’ve joined a cabin of writers who are fellow 88 Cups of Tea listeners! I am very excited to take advantage of the built-in community that I will have through the cabin experience this year!
Follow My Journey
This year, as both an accountability tool and just for fun, I will journal and vlog my Camp NaNoWriMo experience. You can follow along by checking back in with me here in the writing section of my blog. In my next post, I will be sharing my pre-NaNoWriMo preparation and tips, which will include a free downloadable word count tracker calendar.