Hey guys! On Friday, I'm heading to camp! Camp NaNoWriMo that is. I haven't done a WriMo in years because I haven't had a new project coincide with the event. But this year, I do. So now I'm rushing to pack for camp.
NaNoWriMo, when writers pledge to write 50K words in a month. It's a community event. Writers often write in solitude, but during November, we are all in this together either online or at regional write-ins. Camp NaNoWriMo is different. This happens in April and July and is a kitchy, low-key event where writers set their own goals for the month. Maybe all you need to write is 40K words or 35K. It's fine and all part of the fun. You join a cabin and chat with fellow bunk mates.
I've set a 50K-word goal. Years ago, 50K words seemed insane and I've never won NaNo. Not once. But as I flex my writing muscle more and more, the word count seems less daunting. With a solid outline, an hour or two to myself, and a total disconnect from the internet, 1,667 words a day seems like a very doable task.
Here's the kicker, though. I'm not done with my outline and I have two days, including today, to finish it. I'm writing Book 2 in my mystery trilogy, so an outline for two POVs is a must. If I don't get it done, I won't be a successful camper. And my parents paid a lot of money for me to attend this camp, so I better make good use of my time. JK. Camp is free!
Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? If so, best of luck! Meanwhile, I've got to run and pack an outline.