For Writers – Camp NaNoWriMo


Have you ever been camping? Well, Camp NaNoWriMo is nothing like that. First of all, you’re not stranded in the woods, or by some lake. You’re in your chair, or your writing desk, just like always. There are some other major differences to note. I made a list!

  • Camping suggests a “roughing it” situation, but unlike the traditional NaNoWriMo we see in November, Camp NaNo is actually easier! If you’ve been scared to try NaNoWriMo because of the daunting Everest-like goal of 50,000 words you can select a more manageable path (or perhaps an even steeper challenge is more suited to your pace?).
  • Camp might have a lot of activities, games, competitions, and new songs to learn. But not Camp NaNoWriMo. No distractions for you! The only activities provided are the kinds that will help you focus on your writing… unless your cabin-mates are really interesting.
  • Yep, Camp NaNoWriMo has cabins, too. But instead of bunks and hidden stashes of chocolate bars, it’s a group chatroom where you can share your writing progress or cheer on your new friends. If you have enough writer friends, you could even open up your own cabin together. Or, if you’re serious about No Distractions, you can opt out of joining a cabin altogether. Can’t do that at real camp, can you?
  • The only mountain monsters, silly canoe mishaps, orienteering ordeals, or friendship fiascoes will be the ones we write during Camp NaNo. You’ll be perfectly safe. I promise. But keep a flashlight handy, just in case. At least a flash drive? Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
  • The best camper may be a prepared camper, but for many writers, Camp NaNo IS the preparation. Doing the planning/plotting for the novel you’ll write in November? Awesome! Fitting in the much-needed research for your historical adventure series? Perfect. Pumping out a first draft? Editing your final manuscript? Catching up on your TBR stack? All of those things are perfectly acceptable ways to spend Camp NaNo. Don’t be afraid to make Camp NaNoWriMo work for you. Set yourself up for success and enjoy the adventure!


Are you joining in on the fun? What will you be working on?


Camp NaNoWriMo is hosted by the lovely people who created NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). It runs during the month of April, and again in July. Find out more about Camp NaNoWriMo here, or sign up to join now!

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