BLOG POST IN A NUTSHELL: Introduction to Camp NaNoWriMo — rambling about how cool this is — further rambling about my July writing project — some cheap promotion of my “book cover” talents (such as they are) — and a not-so-subtle call to join me.
The July camp is almost here. Cabins will be assigned from tomorrow, and we will have about ten days of time to plot, outline, or simply muse about the story that we shall later flesh out throughout the month of July. Exciting time to be a writer, is it not?
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
First for those who’ve got no clue what I’m talking about, let me clear up that I’m, of course, talking about Camp National Novel Writing Month (Camp NaNoWriMo) — the famous sibling of, an even more famous, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) that happens in November.
NaNoWriMo celebrates the month of November as the writing month (that’s right, Movember is not the only thing that’s cool about this month). During this, writers all over the world take on the mammoth of a challenge of writing 50,000 words or more. The name says Novel, but you could write anything else — poetry, fan fiction, movie scripts, translations of your favorite books! The only thing that matters is you WRITE DOWN THOSE WORDS!
Come to think of it, the name could have just as easily been “International Whatever Writing Month”. But the obvious problem with this name would be it’s uncool acronym, “InWhaWriMo”. Meh. NaNoWriMo kinda’ gets to you.
Coming back to Camp NaNoWriMo.
Camp NaNo is a bit different than the November NaNo in regard that the former happens every April and July. Also, there’s no minimum 50,000 word challenge. You get to set your own goal. You also get to be in a cabin with a fixed set of previously known or unknown writers.
“That easy?” you ask.
“I can set 5000 words target and write “whatever” and win and get me some exciting prizes!”
I mean, you could of course “win”, but there won’t be any real prizes. Except for the prize that you will find — wait for it — inside you.
See how I went all Zen in there?
But it’s true. The prize that you do really win is, most of all, a feeling of camaraderie. It feels good to know that there are writers all over writing alongside you, albeit virtually. And there’s also this big motivation to push on, to bleed on the paper (or on your word processor), and to complete the project you’ve started. I’ve heard there are writers who would kill for those things. Although, that’d be stupid. To kill, I mean. Not to… well, you get the idea.
See, the gist of it is that the event celebrates WRITING (no matter what age, profession, ability, or genre) and as a writer it shouldn’t hurt much to give it a try. Unless you go haunting for publishers heads-on from December itself.
Word Count Target: 30k to 50k
Series: Lightdrifter Chronicles (Because I just know I can’t stop after one book on this)
Title: The Boy of Light OR Long Live the Drowned (The first title is based on the protagonist. The second around major plot)
Behold the cover!
Cover 1 (based around a major event in the book)
Cover 2 (based around the setting)
Meh. Novice work. I know. I’m trying. And these need not be perfect. It’s only for the motivation to pull me through the project.
After all this preparation, and after failing to meet my word-count goal for the last four Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m set for yet another failure. Or not. Who’s to say? I won’t find that out without trying.
So I won’t stop. I will participate, again and again. And again.