Camp NaNoWriMo: Are you thinking of participating?

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Are you participating in or thinking of participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April?

About one month ago I decided I was going to actually commit to writing my book. I’ve had this idea for a few years now but I never had the courage to sit down and write it. NaNoWriMo never really worked for me with the 50 000 word goal. Since I haven’t written anything creative in several years, this goal was always daunting. I never got past the signing up stage. And it didn’t help that November is right in the middle of the Fall semester of university. It works for lots of people but unfortunately it didn’t work for me.

Camp NaNoWriMo is a much better alternative for me and any other people who’ve had struggles with NaNoWriMo. Or if you’ve just decided that you wanted to write a book and April comes before November … there’s that too.

With Camp NaNoWriMo, you are able to choose a lower or higher word count goal depending on what you want to work towards during the month of April. Since the 50 000 word count goal doesn’t work for me, I decided on a goal of 30 000 words. This brings my daily word count down to 1000 words per day. I feel much better going into the month with this number at the back of my mind.

One reason that I like Camp NaNoWriMo more is because of its customizability. Depending on what project you are working on or how you prefer to track your work, you can change the goal to something other than a word count. You can choose between hours/minutes spent writing or lines/pages written. The beauty of this feature is that you can use Camp NaNoWriMo’s tracking page to track projects other than writing a novel. You can be writing short stories, poetry or even editing a project. NaNoWriMo focuses more on starting a new novel, whereas Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to be working on whatever you want to.

Another amazing feature is the ability to join a writing cabin. This cabin is composed of several other writers who you can chat with for the entirety of the month. You have the option to be placed into a random cabin or into a cabin writing in the same genre as you. You can also find and join a private cabin. A great place to look for a private cabin is on the NaNoWriMo site in the forums. I was able to find a cabin on there. So far, I’m loving the connections I’ve been able to make with my cabin mates. And I can already tell that I’ll have a ton more motivation to write this month than I’ve ever had before. The community aspect has truly helped me to seriously commit to my project for the first time.

I want to close by saying that NaNoWriMo isn’t bad in any way. It’s a great motivator for many writers out there. Just for me and where I am at in my life, it wasn’t a workable option. Camp NaNoWriMo works better at this time. And if I’m actually able to meet my writing goal this month I might take part in NaNoWriMo this coming November. All in all, I’m really excited to start writing for the first time in a while.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April? What are you going to be working on?


Here are the links to the websites I referred to above:

Camp NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

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