Camp NaNoWriMo (Nano for short) is a spin-off of the popular Nano project, a yearly novel writing “competition”. The aim is to complete a fifty-thousand-word novel within the space of November of that year. Camp Nano is slightly different as it runs twice yearly and you can set your own word count. It’s sort of like practice for the main Nano event, and for flakes such as myself.
Writing a novel in a month can be a daunting task (which is why I’ve yet to complete one of these events). On average you’ll need to write one thousand six hundred and sixty-six words a day. Yea, that’s a bit more than your average Friday Flash, but it’s the momentum and dedication that are the true killers in this self-induced horror movie.
Camp Nano at least allows you to set your own limits – as I wrote earlier. If you’re keen on writing a novella then go for it! No one is going to stop you and that’s why I’ll be participating. These days I don’t have a lot of stamina or time to sit and write, which is why Camp may just be for me.
My novel –tentatively titled Skin – came to me in a dream. Scary. You can read an excerpt of it here. Okay, so I’m cheating a bit as I’m continuing a novel already in progress, but I won’t tell if you won’t.
Camp Nano allows you to join Cabins with other writers. It’s a place that lets you compare stats, notes, and spur each other on. I am going to be in a cabin with the lovely Tallulah Lucy and Laurie Janey. Each of us are tackling a different genre. Mine is sort of neo-noir-fantasy-sci-fi-thing, I think. I’ll see how it develops.
I urge people to try out this event. There are a couple of ways to follow news about it, but first sign-up on the Camp NaNoWriMo website here: http://campnanowrimo.org/
- The NaNoWriMo Blog – http://blog.nanowrimo.org/
- NaNoWriMo on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nanowrimo
- NaNoWriMo on Twitter – https://twitter.com/nanowrimo
On a side note, I’ll be using Grammarly for most of my grammar support during this event.