NaNoWriMo · Writing

The NaNo Diaries: Camp NaNoWriMo is Coming!

Writers.  We’re an interesting bunch.  Whether it’s blogging, books, or a lethal combination of both, we tend to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to deliver content and characters.

Then NaNoWriMo rears its word-stalking head and we’re all like…


The November challenge of NaNo charges you with the task of producing 50,000 words in 30 days.  It’s exhilarating and insane simultaneously.  It makes you scream with glee and cry with fear.  It makes Thanksgiving a darker hell than it already is because all your family want to do is eat and talk.  Meanwhile, all you want to do during the last week of the competition is go back to the couch and hit your word count goal before Uncle Frank unzips his pants and falls asleep there. GAH! (Silver Lining: His fat belly can serve as a surface for your laptop. Ergonomics!)

I know how crazy this time of year can be – I wrote The Cougarette and BrewGirl during NaNo 2014 and 2015 respectively.  It’s akin to the emotion of giving birth: you don’t remember the pain in detail but you know it existed…yet, like a Duggar wife, you go back for more (book) babies.


Or you don’t, because ZOMG – NaNo sucks the life out of you.

November – when the art of addition takes on a different meaning.


It’s a scary fun time.  But fear not, lovelies…Camp NaNoWriMo is coming – the alternative to utter craziness.

Some benefits of Camp NaNo over the standard November Nonsense:

  • The first round of camp is during the warmer month of April.  Springtime.  You can take your laptop outdoors (unless you live in the unpredictable weather of the Midwest like me – bring a down coat and flipflops.).
  • No universal word count goal. That’s write (see what I did there?).  You set your goal. Whether it’s 10K words or 500K words (if you are the latter: Duuuude.), you set your own pace for writing greatness.
  • Customization – my personal favorite benefit.  Do you want to kickstart a first draft? Rewrite a second draft? Set a blog post challenge?  Edit an existing work? You can accomplish any and all of that during Camp NaNo.
So, where do you start? Hell, do you even want to start?  And it’s barely the end of February – why are we talking about April now?
Well, much like the November event, prep is best.  To help us both get revving for this journey (because, reluctant writer, I am officially recruiting you. Ain’t I a doll?), I’ll be blogging my NaNo Diaries with fun tips and best practices to get ready for camp and beyond.  We’ll talk about catching plot bunnies, story structure, character development, and how to get through Camp NaNo without stabbing someone.  And be forewarned –  I’ll be looking to you to fill up the comments section with ideas that work for you and your writing.
So where to start, you ask? Visit the Camp NaNo site and set up your profile.  Easy enough, am I right? And don’t worry – we’ll help navigate each other on our literary missions this spring.  Pack a notebook and a sleeping bag. I’ll bring S’Mores and toilet paper.

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