Whelp, I’m all signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo. What is this NaNoWriMo you ask precious? It stands for National Novel (or maybe November) Writer’s Month…or something like that, I think. The actual month takes place in November, but I was recently informed that there is also a “camp” in April.
My first participation in this program was last November. A friend had recommended it, and eventually peer-pressured me into it. I didn’t quite understand the allure at first. You basically put a bit of info about the Novel you are writing, then you update word counts. You also can have “writing buddies”. I’m not sure what the point of the buddies are, except perhaps for healthy competition. BEAT YOUR BUDDIES.
Anywho, the part of NaNo I found valuable was the motivation. They send you emails every few days from accomplished writers. Most of these emails are saying, “Yeah, we know it’s hard, but if you give up, you are a worthless prat…so, ya know, don’t give up, ok?”
Eventually I was to the point of checking my messages several times a day in hopes of more motivation. It wasn’t really about the advice. It was about having well known author’s being like, “I feel you bro. It’s seriously this difficult for EVERYONE.”
So yeah, Camp NaNoWriMo it is. This time we have “cabin mates”. We’ll see what this means in time. Maybe I’ll make some friends…then again, I’m probably way too cranky for that.