NaNoWriMo is the shortened form of National Novel Writing Month. It is an event that takes place in November each year where writers from all over the world try to write a 50,000 word novel in the 30 days of November. I’ve participated every year, with varying levels of success, since 2005. I’ve ‘won’ NaNoWriMo twice, in 2010 and 2012.
Camp NaNoWriMo is held in April and July each year and is far more flexible with your goal. I’ve participated, but never succeeded, each time the event was held since May 2011.
For Camp NaNoWriMo your goal can be set in words, hours, minutes, lines, or pages.
I was going to skip even attempting Camp NaNoWriMo this time because life has been so hectic lately. However, during the last day or two of June I decided I would just give it a try anyway.
I thought it would be a fun way to motivate me to keep up with my blog. I post three times a week and was hoping to make it more of a priority again instead getting pushed to the backseat in favor of all the things I’m ‘supposed’ to do.
The goal category that I found to fit the best was pages. I was going to take it easy on myself and try to write 15 posts this month, but decided it wasn’t really a challenge if I didn’t push myself a little. So I was going to set my goal to write 20 pages/posts. The lowest the goal tracker will let you choose for pages though is 30.
So I set out to write 30 blog posts in the month of July. Obviously all of them won’t be posted in July. My Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday posting schedule calls for 13 posts a month usually. So some things that aren’t time sensitive were written and saved for later.
To write 30 blog posts though I would need 30 ideas. I would need to take, crop, and upload any pictures for those 30 posts. I would need to write and edit the text for those 30 posts. It was both easier and harder than I expected. It was a fun boot camp of sorts to help me make my blog a priority in my life again.
I did manage to succeed. Hooray! I won Camp NaNoWriMo!
I finished writing my 30th post on July 28th. I wrote a total of 14,846 words. It was a huge boost to my writing confidence. I haven’t won a NaNoWriMo of any sort since 2012. Now what? Time to start plotting an actual novel for November I guess. Only 3 months to go!
Did you succeed at your Camp NaNoWriMo goals? Planning to take on the challenge in November?