Camp NaNoWriMo April 2014
Have you ever wanted to write a novel? Are you a closet writer? Do you write, but feel like it is a very lonely past time? If so, you may enjoy NaNoWriMo. It occurs three times a year. The National Writing month is officially in November.
WHAT IS NANOWRIMO?
NaNoWriMo is a fun creative writing forum to encourage writers of all types and levels to–just write. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organized support event. It is fun, creative, and you meet other writers just like yourself striving for the same goals. It encourages enthusiasm, determination, and gives you that added taste of meeting a deadline, if you have never done that before. About Camp NaNo
It occurs three times a year.
WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
NaNoWriMo occurs three times a year in April, July, and November. The month of April is about setting your own word limit and project. Many writers use this month to edit previous finished first drafts of novels, write large amounts of flash fiction or short stories, or polish old stories, get-organized or just plan another novel. April is about whatever writing project you want to put on your agenda, and getting the words down.
July is more like November’s NaNoWriMo in that your goal is to write 50,000. The difference is this month you do not have to verify your word count. About July NaNo
November is the official National NaNoWriMo write a novel month. You write a novel in a month. Your word goal is 50,000 words. You post your word count daily for verification this month. You can track your progress. Find online support and pep talks, and meet other writers online and in person, socialize and have fun. There are competitions and contest. There are other encouraging word writing events posted through the month. Are you interested in signing up, and joining the fun? About November NaNoWriMo
Sign Up For NaNoWriMo April, July, and November at this link
WHAT IS THE POINT?
Have you ever wanted to write a book? The point is to prove to yourself, you can do this, shut your internal editor up, and just write. Go for the words. You also know that you are not alone. There are thousands of other writers all over the world doing the very same thing, sprinting for that 50, 000 word count. It is a fun. It is a shared activity where “like minds” come together, and do something they love. This is not about getting it right. This is not about editing or creating the perfect story. This is about getting those words on paper, so you have something to edit. You cannot edit a blank page, nor will a blank page, just magically gives you a novel. You have to write it. This is about writing, just writing, going for the gold of the word count that makes your writing into a book or short story you have always wanted to write. It also teaches you about yourself as a writer. It helps show you what is possible, if just apply yourself, and it is just fun.
ME AND NANOWRI MO
I participated in my first NaNoWriMo November 2013. I did not make my writing goal, but I did learn a lot. I decided to join my local NaNo group, Lake Writers, and meet other writers in person. They continued to meet throughout the year, and I have gained inspiration, friends, and knowledge of my writing journey. It is still a big inspiration for me that does not stop, when NaNo is over. What I gained is a glimpse into my own psyche that I can do this, despite not making my writing goal. This project is still sitting on the sidelines to be finished. I may take a go at it again, in July, when NaNoWriMo begins again.
I learned, and enjoyed NaNo so much; I decided to take part in Camp NaNo in April. I joined a cabin this time. It has been fun talking to the other campers, and giving support. I started this camp with a new project, and a personal writing goal to finish my first novel draft. If I do not make the word count on time, I will stick with this project, until the words are all down. I will have a first draft, and something to edit this year.
NaNoWriMo is fun, encouraging, and inspirational. The best thing is I know I am not alone in my goals and dreams. Check out their store where they offer all kinds of fun items, and the monies go to support future NaNoWriMo’s.
NaNoWriMo has been in existence since 1999. Read about it here
Come join the fun, and write a novel with us.
April Camp NaNoWriMo 2014