Sunday, March 10, 2013

The History of Camp NaNoWriMo

We all know what NaNoWriMo is, but do we all really know about Camp Nano?

Is it a spin-off for the popular writing community?

Is it just for kids?

Do you actually have to go on a camp to be part of it?

No, no, and no. I thought it would be a good idea to tell you about the history of Camp NaNoWriMo so that we can understand how it all started and why people choose to do it as well as the main November NaNoWriMo.

Camp NaNoWriMo is considered lighter version of NaNoWriMo, and it is done in months outside of the official Nano in November. It has never really stayed in the same month as the main event has, but this has been created to help people further in creating their novel. You can even write scripts in Camp NaNo, which is something the November event doesn't really allow you to do.

In May 2011 the NaNoWriMo staff made a teaser announcement about Camp NaNoWriMo after the funding for NaNo has passed the 750K spot. There was also a plan for a donation drive on the Camp NaNo event. This is named The Camp and Guts Donation Drive. The Camp NaNoWriMo website opened on the 29th June 2011.

So, each year Wrimo's of any age can sign up to a virtual camp that allows you to control your own word count and write at your own pace. Camp NaNo is doing pretty well, and this is my first year signed up to the Camp.

The Stats of the event so far:

2011 had 6,400 July Participants, 6,236 August Participants, 1,755 total winners. It placed second for best first session, SF has first place for that award.
2012 grew to 15,307 June Particpants, 12,859 August Participants, 3,579 total winners. It's win rate ended up being 2% higher than NaNo's 2012 win rate, despite only having 28,166 total participants, 8.2% of the NaNo 2012 participant total of 341,375.

I am so pleased about this announcement, because April is the only month when I don't have exams in school. So, I can write to my heart's content, and not have anything else to distract me. 

I will get this novel written!

The novel I have entered is 'In Hate We Trust' which was the one I started in November. This is my only current project and I plan to get the first draft completed this year. I want to become an author while I'm still young, and I have both the blogging community and the people at NaNoWriMo to thank for helping me start my journey towards becoming a published person. 

This is the badge I will be sporting on my blog during April:

Is anyone else doing Camp NaNo this year?

Let me know!

The Book Critic x


  1. I'm doing Camp NaNo this year! I'm working on my manuscript, "Hospital Beds"-- title subject to change.

  2. So am I! It'll be my first camp and I'm re-writing my Nanowrimo novel from last year: Wren, Fall. Can't wait!