Now that it’s summer, I can bet a lot of my fellow writers are tempted to just be lazy and fall of track. In fact, I almost forgot to write this post. The temps are now in the 90s, the sun is out for more hours than it’s not, and there’s a thousand things to explore that doesn’t include a computer screen or a notebook.
But as writers, we have to stick to it. So, to help us stay on track, there’s a good friend NaNoWriMo to help us get a few more words on the page.
You might know NaNoWriMo as National Novel Writing Month that normally occurs every November. During that month, writers from around the world pen fifty thousand words in only 30 days. It’s a bit more intense than 85K in 90 days.
Summer Writing Camp
You might be asking, “Hey Bee, what’s this got to do with the summer?” Well, NaNoWriMo stepped up to create Camp NaNoWriMo where in July (as well as April but I wasn’t prepared for that) people get to write however many words they want for the entire month. Instead of 50K you can decide on 25K or editing your manuscript or writing a screenplay. The point is just to write and write all month.
This is perfect for those young writers who are terrified of trying to finish 50K in 30 days while also in school and dealing with upcoming family holidays (in the US, Thanksgiving can be a real challenge), but still would like to dip their toes in the world of NaNoWriMo.
This year, I will be attempting 30K. I just moved, started a new job, and am also being a beta reader for a friend of mine, so my time is a little uncertain right now, but that’s the beauty of Camp. You write what you want, challenge yourself how you want, and the best part? You’re not alone.
Unlike NaNoWriMo, where your interactions are limited to the forums (which can be terrifying for beginner writers), you’ll be sorted into cabins. You’re writing a fantasy YA? Find fellow writers of the same genre and be put into a little chat group to cheer each other on. I have gained so many friends from Camp that we fit into TWO cabins now. We started a groupme chat group just so we can all talk together and cheer each other on. A few of my fellow camp-mates have books published!
It’s exciting. It’s fun. And it’s something to help you stay on track and get that novel done. With the help of Camp NaNoWriMo, you could even have it done by the end of summer.
So join me at Camp. Write a few thousand words. It’ll be fun.
Comment below if you’re a camper or if you’re signing up for the first time. It’ll be exciting to hear from you.