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?
Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.