Further to my recent post, Let’s Go Camping, it has come to my attention that there may have been some confusion (on the part of at least one unnamed blogger) about the nature of Camp NaNoWriMo, who thought it was an actual camp (with tents etc).
The second Camp NaNoWriMo of the year starts next week on the 1st of July. Some of you may have read my previous post, Packing Your Bags for Camp NaNoWriMo, and wondered what it was all about. Some of you may already be seasoned campers.
This is not the main NaNoWriMo event, which is held in November and involves committing to writing 50,000 (OMG!) words. Camp NaNoWriMo is a lot more casual and low-key, allowing you to set your own target (minutes, hours, pages, words etc) and can even be used to edit a book, create blogs, journaling, or whatever. It is excellent for creating a habit of writing regularly, and great for those of us who might lack a little discipline (why is everyone looking at me?!).
Camp NaNoWriMo is free (unless you want to buy a cool mug or poster). You will receive supportive, encouraging and informative emails from them to help keep you on track. Your “cabin” provides you with a forum for chatting with your bunk mates and seeing how they are progressing – don’t underestimate the motivating effect of not keeping up with everyone else!
I’ve set myself a similar goal again this July (one hour per day), but instead of allowing that time to be spent on any sort of writing, this month I’m going to be disciplined (contrary to my nature) and insist that that hour be spent on my Time Management for the Tired and Overwhelmed book.
This book has been years in the making, and keeps warping and changing. But I’m determined to publish it this year (if only to allow myself to get on with other projects), so I need to make myself grab it by the throat and finally pin it down into what it needs to be.
This post is my invitation to all of my precious followers to join me (and some of my writing friends) in our private cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo. The cabin is aptly named “Let’s Do This Sh*t!” – the name was not my idea, but it seems to have stuck. There is still considerable debate going on as to whether the last word is “shot” or “shut” 🙄
We are a supportive and fun group of women of a variety of ages. Not that guys aren’t welcome – if you can cope with being outnumbered, you are very welcome! We are not a high-pressured group. Most of us have other life commitments – jobs, kids, study etc – so are very understanding of how hard it is to fit writing in around other things. Our fellow blogger, Marie from CreateSpace, has already opted in.
Simply go to the Camp NaNoWriMo website and register. Don’t forget to add a funny image for your profile image/avatar. Then create your project – what you are working on and what your goal is for the month. Finally, pop your username in the comments section below and I can then send you an invitation to join our cabin (your project must be set up for me to be able to do this).
Feel free to ask me any questions about how it works in the comments section.
I hope to see you there! Don’t forget your sleeping bag, teddy bear, snacks, and dry socks…
Sunset photo by Kun Fotografi from Pexels
This month I have packed up my pencils and set off online to Camp NaNoWriMo. Labelled as “an idyllic writers retreat smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life”, my friend Kit Fletcher and I are working together in our private cabin (cool girls only, of course) aptly named “Let’s Do This Sh*t”. Kit is still trying to work out if I meant “shot” or “shut”, but she’ll figure it out one day after her kids have grown up and she’s allowed to swear again. Continue reading
Has anyone else just started NaNoWriMo? I can’t help but wonder if the main reason behind this activity is simply to prove that writers are insane by trying to write 50,000 words in the month of November. Despite this obvious madness, writers still seem to be doing this in droves.
What is great is that for the first time in my life I’m considered a “rebel”. Who would have thought that writing boring old non-fiction would ever be considered a rebellious activity? Continue reading