If you’ve ever been bored enough to scroll down the main page of my blog, you’ll see I am a 3-time NaNoWriMo champ. Every November, I basically shut myself off for thirty days and write a book. The other 11 months of the year, I’m thinking about what I’m going to write about in November.
So its weird to me that I’ve never tried either ScriptFrenzy or Camp NaNoWriMo, the other two activities sponsored by the Office of Letters and Light. In an effort to further stretch my writing legs, I had prepared this year to do SF (even though I know about as much about writing scripts as I do about building a skyscraper to code), but then they cancelled that program in favor of doing two Camp NaNoWriMo sessions (April and July) instead.
How does Camp NaNo differ from the standard November contest? From what I can see…not too much. It’s geared more toward a group support format, where you join a “camp” with like-minded writers and keep each other motivated (you can select settings to put yourself with writers of similar genres, etc. You can even select people you know). There’s also some nifty fundraising options if you’re into that. Other than that, the basics are the same: write a novel in a month. Bam.
It looks like they’ve made a few changes this year, too. They’re allowing flexible word counts now so you can set (before the contest starts) what word count you want to hit….so you’re not pigeonholed at 50k anymore. You can choose 20k or you can be a badass and go with 80k. They’re also allowing other writing mediums, such as scriptwriting.
So, I am going to add Camp NaNoWriMo to my writing repertoire this year. Camp assignments start on March 18th, so I’m getting all my preferences and settings set up so I can be all reared and ready to go on the 1st.
Anyone else joining this April who would like to be my “camp mate” this year? I promise I don’t snore…
(My NaNo nickname is sarahsarah)