Everyone starts NaNoWriMo with the best of intentions. God knows I’ve started multiple times and life just gets in the way, over and over! I think I’ve got about 6000 words in total of randomly started projects, none of which have ever gone anywhere.
This is the first year I’ll be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, the summer camp styled offspring of the original month of writing. I’m hoping that the cabin system of like-minded writers who can critique my work and whose work I can in turn critique will help motivate me. Everyone talks about the importance of having people review your work as you go, being there to offer encouragement and tips for improvement. Hopefully, this will be the time I make it through. I mean 1700 words a day shouldn’t be too difficult right? Right???
From its humble beginnings of three participants, NaNoWriMo has gone from strength to strength. It now offers a great support network for aspiring writers, leading to two months a year where you can make new friends and participate in something you love with people who share your same goals and dreams. I advise everyone participating though, don’t finish your 50,000 words in that one month and think you have a finished manuscript. The first and most difficult step is the first draft. Most writers, myself included, fall in to the trap of going over and over small chunks of chapters and never really going anywhere. Camp NaNoWriMo ensures that you have that push to just get something down on paper. After that, revise, edit, step away repeat. After all is said and done, hopefully we’ll have something worth reading!
For anyone else interested in joining, you can sign up at campnanowrimo.org.