It’s not your traditional kind of camp. Camp NaNoWriMo is the spring/summer version of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which is in November. In NaNoWriMo, novelists are challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days. At camp, however, the goal can be a bit more flexible. Camp is run twice a year, in April and in July, so if you’re not ready to join now, you have a few months to prepare for July’s camp.
Last year I adjusted my goal in July’s Camp NaNo to only 40,000 words (because I was working a lot), and just couldn’t type fast enough that last day. I was so close! This year, since Camp NaNo is so flexible, I’ll be doing an edit/rewrite of that novel from July of 2015 which has since been titled The Art of Being Vulnerable.
What I love about Camp NaNoWriMo
What I love about NaNo is the amazing community that has built up around it. If you’re a writer, you probably already know about this. If by some chance you don’t, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s a perfect solution for those of us who either don’t have time, or can’t afford to do a full-fledged writer’s retreat to kick our works in progress in the rear. I’ve participated in regular NaNoWriMo as well. The first and only time I finished, was in November of 2012. Two weeks later, I found a new full-time job (I was unemployed before that) and simply never found the time to go back and edit that project, The Glittering Sand. It’s still waiting for me and I think it will continue to wait just a little bit longer.
This Year’s Project
This is the first time I’ll try editing/revising The Art of Being Vulnerable for NaNo instead of writing. It will be a little challenging for me, but I think I can handle it. According to the official NaNoWriMo forum, one hour of active editing = 1,000 words on the progress scale. So I’m shooting for 50 hours of active editing. I think this will give me a second draft that I can be proud of. I know the book will still need more editing after that, so I’ll put it away for a little while and possibly attempt draft three for July’s Camp.
Want to follow my progress? As always, you can check back here, but I’ll also be posting my progress via instagram and twitter a bit more frequently than my blog posts.