Camp NaNoWriMo and why you should join it

OK, April begins in just a few days, exactly in a week. And do you know what is going to happen on April 1st? Exactly! April’s Fool! That day when you have to double check every single thing that someone tells you. Like every single normal day. But do you know what exciting thing is going to happen on that day too? Camp NaNoWriMo is going to happen, that’s what!

Spanish Version: Campamento NaNoWriMo y por qué deberías unirte

OK, you are not supposed to know about NaNoWriMo or its Camps, aren’t you? So let me explain it:

Some months ago, precisely on November 2016, I started a challenge brought by NaNoWriMo. This challenge is called as its creator, and the name stands for “National Novel Writing Month”. It was created some years ago, in the USA, to challenge writers all over the country to write, at least, 50,000 words during the month of November. 50,000 words is not a huge number for a full novel, but it could be the beginning of it, or a way to write any other kind of fiction, from short stories to scripts, plays and so on. And the main purpose of this month/challenge was to motivate the writers and make them avoid those excuses that kept them away from their writing process, focusing during the month on just that task: writing.

And so, the challenge grew and it became an international “issue”, so writers from all over the world can now join it, share their experiences with other writers (even if they don’t live close enough to each other) and get help, support and even random chit-chats about writing, their projects, Literature in general or any other topic.

So, when NaNoWriMo finishes on the 30th of November, what are we going to do until next NaNo?

Well, that’s why they invented Camp NaNoWriMo, both in April and July. The idea about these Camps is similar that of November. As they explain on their web :

Camp NaNoWriMo is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

During the Camps you are assigned to a Tent of writers with similar taste/projects as yours to talk about them and support each others, you can create your own Tent and invite your friends over there or you can just relax alone and complete your goals as you want to.

I already joined it some days ago and I am trying to get my things together to plan it as well as possible. I have some ideas about what to do but I want to hear your suggestions. Morever, are you going to join the Camp? If so, which Tent you are going to join? Any suggestions for mine? 🙂

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