Writing Wednesday: Camp NaNoWriMo

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Ages ago I participated in National Novel Writing Month, if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a crazy time in November where you write 50,000 words in a month.  I managed to win this twice in 2011 and 2013, successfully writing the 50,000 words, be it 50,000 of absolute drivel but that’s the whole point of NaNoWriMo quantity over quality.

I loved doing NaNoWriMo, it’s exciting and you prove to yourself what you can actually do when you set your mind to it. It helped me to silence my inner critic and just write. But now I prefer to work at my own pace and not have the pressure of writing 50,000 words in 30 days.

That’s where Camp NaNoWriMo comes in: in Camp NaNoWriMo you set your own goal and decide what you want to do. You don’t have to write a novel but can work on some short stories (or anything you want!) You can set a goal or word count for writing or you can set a goal of hours-helpful if you are editing. You join a cabin which is a little chat room where you can talk about writing and help each other reach your goal.

I’ve joined this twice in the past, apparently according to my stats I was a winner in 2015-  your a winner if you’ve reached your goal.

I’ve joined up for this April because I’m writing anyway,  so why not write with others? My username on both sites is the same as my twitter handle JenWales (I can never think of good names). I’ve got my cabin sorted- it’s with people from a writing forum group who are also finishing their first drafts. My goal is: to write 5,000 extra words a week during April, I wanted it to be a challenge too.

If you ever feel like you can’t complete a novel or your writing project/goal then maybe consider joining  NaNoWriMo in November or if you prefer  maybe you could join the camp, there’s one in April and another in July. The support from other participants is great, it’s fun and who doesn’t love chatting with other writers!


Update: Last week I wrote 1,5550 out of my 2,000 goal. I seemed to be writing less lately but I wrote a total of 2,528 words yesterday!

Last week I was working on editing a short story so I’m blaming that for the lower word count. This week I can’t seem to edit but my writing productivity has increased, you can’t really tell your brain what to do, can you?

2 thoughts on “Writing Wednesday: Camp NaNoWriMo”

  1. I couldn’t imagine writing 50,000 words in one month. So awesome for you and all the people who do it though. Pretty amazing if you ask me. This Camp NaNoWriMo sounds interesting. I’ll have to give it a look. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

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    1. No problem a lot of people hear about NaNo in November but not the Camp. I only did 50, 000 words twice ☺ then work intervened and it is a rush writing that way both in a good way and a bad

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