Most people (especially writers) are probably aware what NaNoWriMo is. But do you know that Camp NaNoWriMo is also a thing, which takes place in April and July of each year? It’s a smaller month-long event with the same objective in mind. Whereas the goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, Camp NaNoWriMo’s goal is only 10,000 words–though you can set your own word count goal higher than that. I would call Camp NaNoWriMo National Novella Writing Month.
I did NaNoWriMo last year, mostly as an impetus to get a contracted novel finished–it helped me stay focused and on track so I could meet my deadline (which is July of this year). I didn’t finish the entire novel that month, but I did get 50,000 words into it, which was a big start (I eventually ended up at 120,000 words and edited it down to 90,000).
I did Camp NaNoWriMo last year in July, too. The novella I wrote then–after many edits, rewrites, and title changes–became One Night In Cleveland, which will be published later this year by Tirgearr Publishing. So I think I’ve got a pretty good track record with NaNoWriMo.
That being said…
I’m thinking about jumping in the water next month and doing Camp NaNoWriMo again. I want to write a very specific novella for a specific publisher and this would give me the focus and drive to do it. Not that I don’t have a million other writing-related things to do in July but hey, why not drive myself crazy?!
I know time is swiftly running out and if I’m going to leap I need to leap–and get my creative thoughts in order and ready to go. Is anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Have you done it or NaNoWriMo before?