As many of you may know, this last year (time wise, not 2016 wise) I participated in both NaNoWriMo 2015 (November) and Camp NaNoWriMo2016 (July). I’ve compiled my thoughts on the experience so you can see if NaNoWriMo is right for you! This is the first post, detailing how the programs are similar and how they differ. The second one will focus on what I like and what I think could be improved
So what is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. This challenge is run by (strangely enough) National Novel Writing Month, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers sponsorship, awards, and support for the aspiring writer in all of us. NaNoWriMo has two parts – I’ll talk about them separately.
First, Camp NaNoWriMo is a summer writing program that occurs in both April and July, and is flexible. You pick a goal between 30,000 and 1 million words. The ‘rewards’ for winning are discounts at a variety of sites, ranging from the ‘Camp Store’ that NaNoWriMo runs, to sites like Book Baby, Storyist, and InkedVoices. Camp is a lot less stressful as a project because you don’t have to write as much. Got a novella or a smaller project to work on, great! Do it! The rewards are also smaller and less ‘reward’ than discounts. One thing I really like is that you get joined into a ‘Cabin’ where your teammates and you can chat about your projects. You can also see everyone’s projects and goals along the side, which is pretty cool.
NaNoWriMo is their normal contest, run in November. This last November, I typed about 38,000 words in Steel Praetorian, missing my goal of 50,000 words. Obviously, holidays and the like interfere sometimes. This contest is more strict – 50,000 words or more. Meaning you need about 1700 words per day to really get to it. Together, they’ve helped me finish Steel Praetorian (Almost all of my writing this year has happened in July and November!)
So… Will you be joining NaNoWriMo this year? Stay tuned for my 2nd part with my thoughts on the process!