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Camp NaNoWriMo

This year I decided to give NaNoWriMo a try. Whenever anyone tells me they had an idea to write a book, I always forget to suggest they give it a try during NaNoWriMo. For those that aren’t familiar, during National Novel Writing Month you can take part in a challenge to write a novel, or at least a good chunk of one every November. You set a word goal, join writing groups, take part in writing sprints and have to complete your story by the end of the month. You can use it to raise money to help NaNoWriMo inspire more authors, and you even get some cool stuff if you complete the challenge. Since NaNoWriMo has grown so popular, a Camp NaNoWriMo in April is another event that authors or aspiring authors can try

It’s pretty daunting to think you are going to put down 50K or more words in a month, especially if you have never written a book before. But it seems like a great opportunity to try. So, instead of talking about that book you have been thinking of writing, commit to creating it. You will probably be surprised what you are capable of when you really focus on reaching your goals.

This first camp is just an experiment for me. I signed up at the last minute and decided what the hell. I wanted to write a novel this month anyway. I have no idea how much writing I can produce in a month since I have never focused on writing daily. I’m a binge writer. I ignore my stories for weeks, then hop back into the plot and try to see it from a fresh perspective. It is a very long slow process, and I’m working on changing it. Not just for my writing goals, but to retain more balance in my personal life as well. I block off writing time each day and try to meet my word goals in that timeframe so I can enjoy being with the kids, or getting outside, or just reading a good book.

I have set a lofty goal for this month to finish my next book just to try and challenge myself to write more and increase my fiction output. Now, I’m already behind on my 120,000 word goal for the month, but I’m working harder than usual each day to avoid distractions and find more time to write and meet my goals. It’s all about staying committed to your goal of writing a story and staying on track, which has always been my biggest challenge when life gets crazy.

I would love to tell you more about it, but I have a lot of writing to do this month. So you can check out Camp NaNoWriMo for yourself here. I will try to keep this blog updated on the experience, and we’ll see if I can make my word goal happen.

-Jeremy

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