Summer Camp for Writers

Today begins July, and CampNaNoWriMo with it. Camp is the summer version of NaNoWriMo- National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November. Camp is held during the spring and summer. What I like about Camp is that you choose your own genre, as well as choose your own wordcount. So you don’t have to even write a novel. You could write poetry, as I did last year, when writing my first book A Maze in Grace. My goal was ten thousand words, which is a very obtainable goal of average 322 words per day. This is not even half of the 750 words a day as recommended by creativity expert Julia Cameron and (During November, everybody writes novels, and the goal is fifty thousand words!) What you win is bragging rights. You set a goal, and accomplished it. You get a web banner and also, discounts from cool companies such as Scrivner (in camps past).

Another thing I like about Camp is the Cabins. Writers are assigned into cabins, at random unless you request otherwise. This is the third summer I’ve tried to get in a cabin with my friend, and the first time we have been successful. The cabin is a private chat room. It is great for sharing support, and also for sharing frustrations. Sometimes we just chat about random stuff. It is a ultimately a writers’ virtual support group. I remember fondly my cabinmates of camps past. It is very interesting chatting with writers of different ages, genders, countries, genres, etc. Many times we weren’t even in the same time zone.

Twitter also is the place to go for CampNaNoWriMo. There are live chats and “sprints,” in which a prompt is given and writers are encouraged to hurriedly write, say, 100 words within a certain timeframe. Follow @NaNoWordSprints to get in on the fun.

It’s not too late to join! CampNaNoWriMo is a free program. Who’s with me?


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