Why You Should Do Camp NaNoWriMo.



1. It gets you writing.

I struggle getting anything accomplished without some kind of structure or goals set for myself. Camp NaNoWriMo, is a more relaxed version of NaNoWriMo that allows you to tune into your creative spirit and just go.

2. You can set your own goal.

Does the goal of 50k words seem a bit daunting to you, especially in the summer when there are so many other things going on? Fret not, you can choose your own goal for Camp NaNo. So if you’re a beginner and can only write a fraction of that, you can make your goal lower to make it more manageable. If you’re more experienced, you can set your goal higher than 50k.

3. You can choose your own project

Are you mid-draft? Still revising your book from NaNo 2014? Re-writing an old MS? Camp NaNoWriMo is perfect for you. Technically according the rules for NaNo in November you have to start a new project, but this isn’t the case for Camp NaNo! You can write whatever your heart desires, in whatever genre inspires you. This makes it ideal for non-fiction writers and poets along with other writers.

4. Cabins

Seeing as Camp NaNoWriMo isn’t something you typically do within your region (although you can!), cabins fill that void where your supporting group of writers would be. In Cabins, you can choose your cabin-mates or be placed with new people who write in a similar genre as you. This conversation helps to carry you through the month and is great when you need a pick-me-up or inspiraton.

5. The NaNoWriMo Blog

I read this blog year-long for tidbits and tips, but during Camp NaNoWriMo they have advice from other authors (camp counselors) to keep you going throughout the month. Plus, if you go back in the archive, there are some great pep-talks and articles to help you our.

6. It’s for a great cause!

NaNoWriMo (and Camp NaNo) help to fund writing programs for children all over the world. It helps to promote and spread literacy and gives children a voice. Not only do you find your own voice, but through donations, you can help others find theirs and that is a wonderful feeling.

Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo this July?

I will be using this July to hopefully get another 10k words written in Draft 4 of The Girl in the Glass Coffin (and maybe more if I feel inspired enough)!  What will you be writing?

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