Most of you will have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) taking place every November where the challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days, but have you heard about Camp NaNoWriMo? It began in 2011 as a summer version of NaNoWriMo when two sessions were held, one in July and one in August, however, the months were switched to June and August for 2012 and then switched again to April and July from 2013 onwards. It’s different from NaNoWriMo in November because you can work on any type of creative project, not just a novel. First drafts or revision, scripts or stories, poems or essays—all are welcome! Just set a goal and get writing or editing.
Camp NaNoWriMo originally had a separate site, but no longer, it now shares the same site as NaNoWriMo. It originally had “cabins” which have now been replaced with the regular writing groups used for the main November event.
I tried it once or twice but personally didn’t like the “cabin” structure.
I thought I might give it a go again this year and am looking for fellow campers (sort of). I usually participate in NaNo alone, writing for myself only, but the best fun I had was the year I buddied up with a co-writer and we wrote two separate stories in the form of letters between the characters. It was fun and it was honest and it kept me on track with writing an actual story. I can get caught up in the details. I lost most of my NaNo writing buddies too, when they restructured a couple of years ago, so…
Fellow Campers wanted!
I’m looking for anyone who might be interested in writing something this April. Writing whatever you want, however many words you want over the 30 days, or if you prefer editing or revising something you have already written,.
What you need to do?
1. Go to NaNoWriMo 2. Create an account if you don’t already have one. 3. Buddy up with me at “And Teddy Talks“. 4. Don’t forget to announce your project at the campsite
And I’ve even found a word meter. It isn’t the best word meter I have ever come across but it lets you show your word count in your blog rather than just on your NaNo page but it looks as though you have to update your count on the site and repost the code each day or at least manually update the code each day. If you go to the site it automatically calculates your percentage done as well where as if you re-write the code manually you need to work out the percentage yourself.