As most of you guys have probably heard if you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, I usually like to participate in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month in November. I even wrote a post about the best ways to get through it without losing your mind! However, many writers have found that throughout the year, they’re left without a vehicle to use as motivation akin to NaNoWriMo, so the incredible people at the company created something called Camp NaNoWriMo, which is like a mini-version of the competition that happens in both April and July!
So what makes Camp NaNoWriMo different from the regular competition in November? In this post, I’m going to be going through some of the main points of it, as well as how it can seriously help you as a writer!
MAKE YOUR OWN GOAL
One of the coolest parts about Camp NaNoWriMo is that your goal doesn’t have to be writing 50k. There’s a ton of people that think the huge mark they have to hit in November is too much, so Camp would be perfect for them! The website accepts any word count between 30-1,000,000, so if you haven’t done NaNoWriMo yet, this program would be a great beginner’s challenge to work your way up to 50k. It’s also nice because usually in November, us college students are in the middle of preparing for finals, so having extra sessions in April and July are awesome, since the summer is usually a bit more open for us!
CAMP NANOWRIMO CABINS
The second big thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is the establishment of cabins. Think of it as your small writer’s mastermind group, about 8-10 other writers that you can throw ideas off of and whine to when you can’t find the right inspiration for a scene. You have three main options for your cabins, you can either be sorted in a random cabin, you can be put in a cabin with other people writing the same kind of genre or format as you, or you can be put with people you already know. I’ve used the random within the genre as well as picking friends, because I’ve worked with people I’ve met through tumblr or on the NaNoWriMo forums. It all depends on what you’re comfortable with!
WORK ON ANY PROJECT YOU WANT
Though you can technically work on anything you want in November, too, Camp NaNoWriMo presents a unique opportunity for writers of all kinds: novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, poets, nonfiction writers, pretty much everything under the sun. With setting your own goal, you can say that you want to finish three acts of a full-length play, or even do what I do sometimes, which is write a certain number of blog posts.
You can also use the month for editing, specifically the project you may have started in November. Though the setup of the month is similar in the sense that it relies on word count, setting an editing goal and adding on to an existing project (which is usually seen as a “rebel” move in November) throughout the month. Really, the possibilities are limitless on what you can work on!
STILL A TON OF PRIZES
As per the NaNoWriMo norm, Camp NaNoWriMo has prizes for people who complete their goal by the end of the month. Some of these prizes are the same as the ones you’d win during November, including a discount for purchasing Scrivener (which is my program of choice, especially since the creator is working on the app as we speak!), Storyist, Scribophile, Inked Voices, and a ton more amazing prizes (including a few free ones, too!)
Though it’s already a few days into April, there’s still time to join this Camp NaNoWriMo session and get writing! Right now, classes and the blog have been keeping me very busy, so I’m saving my writing goals for the July session, but if you’re interested in trying it out or even just getting more information on the program, check out the site here!
If you’re doing Camp right now, I’m giving you a big cheer! I wish you all the luck in the world, and if you are in need of some inspiration for your writing, follow my writing board here! I reboot a bunch of images and prompts that I find inspiring, as well as a ton of other tips and resources, so take a look and remember, guys, keep writing!