Camp NaNoWriMo (let the adventures begin)

The time has come once again my literary lovelies, wordsmiths, ink-slingers and syllable-stringers; it is time for summer camp. Lucky for you, being outdoors is optional (though highly recommended), you won’t have to share any of your snacks, and you can wear your plot bunnies as slippers from morning til night if you wish. The July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner. Yes, it’s true, you can really do anything on the internet these days: even summer camp.

For those who don’t have a clue what I am talking about, let me just back up a step or two. Camp Nano is an offshoot of the main Nano, also known as NanoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s a virtual writing challenge where thousands of people across the globe sign up to tackle a single venture at the same time. The main event takes place every November. The challenge: to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

Camp Nano is the figurative little brother of the November session. It has more of a community focus to it. If you sign up, you get the option to join virtual cabins- either of your own creation or through a bot that will randomly place you. You also get to set your own customized goal- whatever you want it to be. You can track words, pages, lines, minutes, hours, and you can be as nice or ruthless with your goal as you want (this time around I’m being a little bit mean and going for a ‘double Nano,’ which means 100,000 words in 30 days). Every person in your cabin has their own project to work on, but you get to network and talk throughout the month as you all embark on the adventure together. Rest assured, it is a virtual camp- there is no travel required, and no real roughing it unless you decide to take your laptop out on the back patio.

I am addicted, I’ll tell you that upfront- and if anyone reading this is interested in writing- I strongly suggest you give it a shot, what do you have to lose? It’s such a positive community, it is one of the few places where I feel completely accepted. My oddball interests and quirks suddenly aren’t so strange anymore. Plus- there are thousands of writers who have years of experience, tips and tricks to share. And they are more than willing to help anyone who stumbles across their path.

I had never lost a Nano until this last year when a few things went a wee bit sideways in my life. I’m hoping that July will be my redemption. I have a few projects that are halfway finished, so I’m going to try to push through to get them ready for editing. I can’t wait. I haven’t decided if I’m joining a cabin yet this year; I’ve found a new writing group that mainly uses Discord to keep in touch through the year (all 60+ members met through Nano and have kept each other motivated the past few years), and I’m really hoping I can sleuthy-sneak my way into being one of the regulars.

Adventure awaits, my friends- do you dare take the first step to meet it?

Author: katiebell318

I'm a 28 year old unknown writer who spends her day job working in the courts (rest assured- that place is stranger than any fiction I could write). I love reading, writing, random crafts, baking and hiking. I have a fiance and two fur babies (one kitten and one German Sheppard puppy) who make up my little family. learning to step out of my comfort zone and start checking things off my dusty old bucket list.

4 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo (let the adventures begin)”

  1. I am on the fence for this July. I’ve been hard (or is that hardly? LOL) at work on my novel for the past several months. I’m afraid that if I set actual goals {sharp intake of breath] that it might actually discourage me rather than encourage me. Crazy???

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    1. Hahaha oh I completely get that one! That was my problem the last two Nanos. They weren’t all that fun because it just felt like I was setting impossible standards for myself, considering everything else going on in life. I think I actually wound up writing less than I had before I set the goals. I’m feeling a bit more ‘in the spirit’ this time around- hoping it lasts!


      1. Okay…I’M IN! I’m so glad to see you posting again. Honestly, if it wasn’t for this very post I don’t think I would have committed to Camp NaNo. I kept getting the emails to sign up, and as soon as I saw them I deleted them. “Ain’t got time for that!” I told myself. It’s true…if I don’t want to commit to writing my novel, finishing it, having it be the best it can be then I *don’t* have time for that. However, THAT is NOT the sorta book I want to write. So here I am… 🙂

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      2. I’m so glad you decided to jump in! I may be changing my goal to something a bit more manageable. It feels good to be getting excited about writing again though. And I’m really glad I decided to start posting again. It’s going to take a while for me to find my rhythm, but the only way to get it back is to start trying again! We will have to check in with each other as we go- we don’t need a huge cabin, just one or two peeps in the trenches with us. 😁


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