|"An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life"|
Guess what. . . Camp NaNoWriMo is coming up!
Remember how excited we were last year about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)? If you didn't have a chance to participate, here's an opportunity you shouldn't miss. There will be two Camp NaNoWriMo sessions this year, one in April and the other in July.
What is Camp NaNoWriMo?
It's an online retreat brought to writers free of charge by the same folks who organize NaNoWriMo.
What is the difference between NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo?
I think it depends on the writer's needs. Both retreats are out there to encourage writers to get the first draft of their novels done in November or in April / July, respectively. However, Camp NaNoWriMo makes different word count goals available. That is, you "win" at NaNoWriMo when you achieve 50k words. At Camp, writers are able to aim at much smaller (or bigger) word counts. Camp is all about flexibility.
Why should I bother?
Writing can be very lonely at times. And, at times, finding motivation to write is very difficult. Camp NaNoWriMo provides both: writer friends and extra support to help you get your amazing idea on paper. The writing community is extensive at Camp, and when you sign up for the event, they place you at an online cabin with other writers with similar goals and interests. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, network, and get your first draft done.
Here's more information about Camp NaNoWriMo (taken from the email they sent out this week):
Flexible word-count goals. Your choice, from 10,000 to 999,999.
Rebel- and script-friendliness. Write a memoir, blog series, frenzied script, or anything your creative heart desires.
More cabin options. Choose cabin mates based on age, genre, word-count goal, and desired activity level.Brand-new Camp merchandise and donation levels. Because what is a camp without a few awesome keepsakes?
Go ahead and sign up at http://campnanowrimo.org/. If you have a NaNoWriMo login, you can use it at Camp, too.