Monday, June 4, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo

I tried my hand at NaNoWriMo last November, and while I didn't finish the novel I started back then, it did give me the push I needed to start taking my writing much more seriously than I had in the past.

So when a friend told me about Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I might as well give it a shot. I haven't had much time to focus on my writing lately and have sorta pushed it to the back burner. I keep letting school, my job, and reading get in the way. Maybe this will give me the boost I need to get some serious work done on my WIP.

The focus of Camp NaNo is pretty much the same as for the original, to write 50,000 words of fiction, in one month. The difference is instead of November, Camp runs in the month of June and then again in August. You can also join a cabin of 4 or 5 members to lean on throughout the month and/or seek a bit of advice if you get stuck.

Technically it is suppose to be a new piece. You are allowed to plan and outline etc before the start, but not do any of the actual writing. I decided that instead of bending the rules and working towards finishing a current project, I would instead start on this idea that has been pestering me to write about for years. I'm going to turn my flash fiction story, Hannah's Lake (with a few minor changes) into a full novel (and possibly even a set of novels).

Hopefully working on this project will open up my creativity again and once Camp is over, I'll be able to focus on my original WIP and make some progress on it again. I'll check in here and there throughout the month with an update on my word count. Even if I don't finish the entire 50k this month, hopefully I'll make some decent headway with it.

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