So, it's March (although the snow on the ground here clearly hasn't noticed.) Which means that a few weeks ago I got an email from the lovely people at NaNoWriMo inviting me to sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Being the sensible writer I am I of course signed up immediately. But I figured some of you might not know that Camp NaNoWriMo is the sensible course of action so I thought I'd write up this post for those of you.
Reasons You Should Sign Up for Camp NaNoWriMo:
1. It is Motivational
If you haven't done a NaNoWriMo type experience before, you might not know this. Deadlines are super helpful to actually getting writing done. If you have all year to finish your novel your going to procrastinate . . . almost all year. But if you only have 30 days to finish writing 35K, you might not want to fall 10K behind in the first week. You have a lot of motivation to get that writing done.
2. You Get a Community
Something that is sometimes lacking in the writing world is a sense of community. Not so with Camp NaNoWriMo. You are assigned a cabin with a bunch of other cabin buddies that you can chat with throughout the month. It's wonderful!
3. You Get to Set the Pace
Unlike with NaNo in November, you can write anywhere from 10k-100k during Camp. I've found that 30k is a good pace for me. If I write 500 words in the morning and 500 at night, I'll be golden. Even if you don't have a lot of time during April, you surely have enough to write 10k. That comes out to about 350 words a day. I don't know about you, but I can write that much in a uninspired 15 minutes.
4. You Can Be a Rebel
This year, I plan on writing about 20k as a first draft and then 10k as part of a rewrite I'm doing on another novel. Last year I used Camp NaNo to finish two first drafts I was working on. But if you want, set a higher goal, like 65k and edit the first 65k of your WiP. Camp NaNo actually encourages rebels. Which is kind of awesome.
5. You Have No Excuses
Seriously. If you have an excuse for not signing up for Camp NaNo right now, leave it in the comments so that I or one of the other readers can smash it to smithereens. You really don't have a reason not to sign up, so why not just head over to Camp NaNoWriMo's website right now.
Are you doing Camp NaNo? What are you writing? What are some other reasons to do Camp NaNo that I forgot to mention? Tell me in a comment.
Thanks for reading!