I have so many blog posts I’m meaning to do, so many books to talk about, so many things to report on — but none of that matters right now. Because it’s April 1st, and while most of the world is flinching as they open dodgy links on twitter, terrified they’re about to be pranked with a screamer, a whole excited bouncing bunch of us are cracking our knuckles and sharpening our pencils — because today is April 1st, the first day of the first 2015 Camp NaNoWriMo.
Me, trying to write during Camp
Camp NaNoWriMo is a summer camp version of November’s NaNoWriMo, a challenge to write every single day for a month and potentially churn out 50,000 words. For Camp NaNo, you don’t have to try for 50,000 words. You don’t have to write a new book, if you don’t want to. You can write for or edit an existing book, devote your word count to blog posts or screenplays — Camp NaNoWriMo is a wide open campground full of trees to climb, lakes to swim across, fires to sing around, and s’mores to gobble up. Whatever you want to do with your time at camp, you can do it.
Every single Camper at some point during April. DON’T WORRY. YOU’LL GET A SECOND (OR THIRD, OR FOURTH) WIND!
As for me, I think I’ll be working on Book 5 of my WIP fantasy series with this camp — it needs some rewrites and restructuring, and this is a perfect time to keep myself focused and motivated. However, every single NaNoWriMo I’ve done to date has suddenly switched gears a week or two in, and left me working on something completely different than when I started — SO WHO EVEN KNOWS. I’ve done daily updates in the past, but this time I might stick to weekly ones. ~ Stay tuned! ~
I don’t want to leave you guys standing at the doors to camp with only your sleeping bags and a vague sense of unease, so, if you’ve decided to join us in our lunacy, here are some great links to get you started:
NaNoWordSprints — Twitter wordsprints will SAVE YOUR LIFE during any iteration of NaNoWriMo. Keeps you focused, keeps your fingers moving, and gets you connected and socializing with other writers. DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS VALUABLE, AWESOME, FUN RESOURCE.
A 100% Awesome, 100% Thorough Guide to NaNoWriMo 2013 — It may be for 2013, but still contains a bunch of really great links.
In fact, just check out the NaNoWriMo blog, lots of great advice.
From the Blog:
Countdown to NanoWriMo: A Survival Kit with links to writing apps, tumblrs, and books of great use!
To Plot or To Pants? Do you go into writing a book with a solid plot in mind, or with only the fire of your own creativity to light the way? Here are a few resources for either mindset.
So, there you have it. It’s April 1st and the tents are getting pitched, the campfires lit, the mosquitos sprayed away — Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? How PSYCHED are you? (Or, alternatively, how intimidated and preemptively sure of your own failure? DON’T WORRY, YOU’LL DO FINE.) Leave me a comment, and follow me on twitter for more updates throughout the month!)