Every November I take part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) which most of you who write know is an insane and fun way to kick your writing mojo into gear by writing a 50,000 word “novel” in just 30 days.
It’s always been a really fun part of my writing and I look forward to it every year. I’ve met great writers from all over the world, played goofy games with other writers on the NaNo boards and even managed to finish seven or eight of the annual challenges. I’m a big fan of it, can you tell? Many writers aren’t, thinking it a waste of time or something. But, for me, it’s perfect — by November of every year my writing desire is sagging. NaNo gives me that boost I need to move on.
Last year the great folks at Office of Letters and Light (NaNo’s parent) decided to initiate Camp NaNoWriMo, offering the same contest to “summer campers” who were just itching to make their fingers bleed and their brains go zombie. I got through the challenge last year, barely. My novel was, as is true with most of them I’ve produced through NaNo, trash. I couldn’t even make something of it after the month was finished. At least some of the others I’ve gone on to edit and rewrite and rewrite some more. They have, or had, potential.
This year Camp NaNoWriMo was offered in June and will offer a second session in August. Since I’m off in August and likely to be slammed with work in November, I’m going to give it my best effort this summer. Which always prompts the question as to what to write.
I think I’ve said here before that I’m seriously plot-deprived. I struggle, seriously struggle, to find a plot every year. The challenge is fiction and that’s just not my forte, which is probably one of the reasons the whole process is really good for me.
So, I’m open to suggestions. Help, the clock is ticking and I don’t have a story. What do you think I should try to write about this time around? (No zombies, please.) And, I’m curious to know if anyone else is packing up their gear for the August session of Camp NaNoWriMo.
PS, Lots of related articles posted here, because, well, lots of people have been writing about Camp NaNo.
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- When Your Manuscript ::doesn’t:: Suck (robinmasnick.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Summer Camp (emiliajordan.com)
- No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days, Chris Baty (booksjadore.wordpress.com)
- Going Beyond National Novel Writing Month (momfog.com)
- Pantsing My A** Off With JuNoWriMo (fallsintowriting.com)
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- Writing for Camp NaNo (run4joy59.wordpress.com)
- Camp NaNoWriMo 2012 (thedarkglobe.wordpress.com)
- Motivation, Where Art Thou? (writinginthekingdom.wordpress.com)
- Camp NaNoWriMo Plug! (qu33nofspades.wordpress.com)
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