What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in NaNoWriMo, Writing | 0 comments

What is Camp NaNoWriMo?

I guess before I should dive into Camp NaNoWriMo, I should tell you what NaNoWriMo is. NaNoWriMo stands for National (Na) Novel (No) Writing (Wri) Month (Mo). NaNoWriMo is in November and it’s where thousands upon thousands of people all over the world set out to accomplish something crazy…write a full 50,000 word novel in one month.


I used to think a lot of things before I ever tried it myself… This can’t be done. People who try this are crazy. I couldn’t do something like that…right?


Well, as it turns out, I could, I did, and though I still think people who do NaNoWriMo are crazy (crazy awesome!), I don’t think I could ever stop participating. I love it THAT much.


Anywho, back to Camp NaNoWriMo. So for a long time, I thought that it was kind of a bummer that they only had NaNoWriMo once a year. I mean, what about the other eleven months?! Well, I was wrong there too. They’ve started something called Camp NaNoWriMo, where you work on a new project, for a month, during the summer(ish) months. There are two sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. April and July.


According to Camp NaNoWriMo’s site, this is what it is: Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event.We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!



There’s no pressure to work on a 50,000 word novel if you’re focused on other projects. You can do any project you like! A short story. A script. Something else!


I will absolutely be participating this year in April AND July. My April project is a mashup between the Serial podcast and Veronica Mars. Make an account or at least check it out (it’s FREE!). Commit to your writing! Add me on Camp NaNo! Grab a badge for your blog or social media site! And let’s kick the crap out of our word goal! Does anyone want to be bunk mates? They’re assigned soon.


There will be more coming on this soon, as I’ve just finished a podcast with Brian LeTendre (I’ll let you know when it’s up) and I plan on blogging a little bit more about NaNoWriMo as I aimlessly wander the path to creation.


Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Have you done it before? What are you working on? Let me know in the comments below!


Jolene Haley, Jolene Haley, @JoleneHaley

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