No, I’m not taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge AND Camp NaNo in the same month.
I’m MAD, but not stupid. No, I’m not stupid.
My first experience of NaNoWriMo in any of its forms happened in the August edition of Camp NaNo last year. I was a Happy Camper when I hit the 50k mark of A Scream In The Woods and even happier when I maintained the NaNo pace to finish the first draft in September.
For those of you wondering what the HELL NaNo is all about or wondering why I’m posting about Nano Technology on a writing blog, the National Novel Writing Month, challenges you to write 50,000 words in one calendar month.
That’s not possible, I hear you cry.
Many, many, many people take part every year and a good percentage of them complete the challenge. It’s a tough, but rewarding experience.
If you treat the first draft as a very rough, purge of story on to page or screen, then this is a fabulous challenge to hit the ground running with any new writing project.
Last year, I surprised myself at how free my writing became further into the challenge. Pure writing with NO editing. There’s no time to delay writing with this one.
The main NaNoWriMo event takes place each November. This year, the two Camp NaNo challenges take place in April and July. I’m planning on taking part in JULY as I want to write the sequel to my crime novel I Can See You.
What better motivation is there to write a first draft?
If you like a challenge and want to kick-start writing a new novel then why not take part. It could be the best thing you do for your writing. Even if you only manage to hit 20-30,000 words it’s a great start.
Click the Participant picture below or the link here: http://campnanowrimo.org/ to sign up. It starts TWO WEEKS today, so don’t delay.
If you’re a planner you need these 14 days to outline your project. If you’re a pantser then … well, you just need a title and you’re good to go. I’ll give you a hand: Ninja Chipmunks fight dinosaurs. There, don’t say I never give you anything. 🙂
Are any of you taking part this year?