NaNoWriMo is a blast. My wife and I have done it together three times now, and I credit NaNo with no small part of my renewed interest in writing, the last few years. What's NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month. Every November, tens of thousands of writers get together (was over 150k last year) and try to write 50,000 words of a novel. You can start November 1st; you have to finish by the end of November 30th. Literally tens of thousands of people accomplish it each year. There's a wonderful and supportive community, with writers ranging from full pros to complete novices and amateurs.
But what is Camp NaNoWriMo?
The Office of Letters and Light - the non-profit responsible for hosting and managing NaNo - have started something new this year, "Camp NaNoWriMo". The Camp is an attempt to bring a smaller version of NaNo into the summer months.
Starting in mid-June, folks will be able to sign in to the site and look around, getting used to the interface. In July, a pared down version of the Camp will kick off - write a novel in July? Yikes! In August, they'll be running it *again*, and writers should be able to use the full feature set of the Camp website.
Never tried to write two novels in a month back to back. ;) Could be really interesting to give it a shot this summer.
Or, just pick one and do it. But get writing - after all, a novel in a month is only about 1600 words a day. With a little pushing and
a little willpower, that's not beyond the pale for just about anyone to accomplish.
I'll be updating more as we get closer. November NaNoWriMo is always an outstanding time. I think these Camps sound like they could be a lot of fun - and very useful for productivity as well! Anyone else thinking about giving this a try, this year?