If you can believe it, it’s already Camp NaNoWriMo time! November is National Novel Writing Month and its famous way of celebrating is famous for its 50,000 words in a month challenge, and their kid-sister version is Camp NaNoWriMo which takes place in April and July. If you reach the challenge, there’s lots of great goodies, such as discounts to programs like Scrivener, plus multiple opportunities to take advantage of self-publishing.
We want to keep you posted on our efforts, as well as continue to remind ourselves why we do these random writing challenges.
Both Travis and I are involved with this fun challenge, even though we are honestly not all too on top of things as we were back in November of 2013. However, we’re giving it a shot for one reason:
We’ve got books to finish.
We each have two running projects and it’s time that we at least bunker down and finish one of them each so we can get on with our publishing goals.
My only whiny excuse for sitting down and just churning out the two pages is that I have a job where we both sit in front of computers all day—and the last thing I want to do is sit in front of a computer for another few hours to churn out a daily 1500 words (roughly 2-3 pages for me). ‘Cause let’s be honest—writing two pages can take longer than it looks.
So for this summer, my goal is thus: reach 50,000 words or finish the novel—whichever happens first. I’m banking that I’ll accomplish both, I’m just not sure if it’ll happen in one month!
My advice to you, is no matter if you take advantage of the prizes available for winning, getting yourself to write over 50,000 words in a month is the real prize. Do it. It’s worth it. If you have an idea and need a push to start, sign yourself up! If you’re like me and the ending still eludes you, pull yourself together and write with us!
For Camp NaNoWriMo, you can set up a “cabin” of like-minded writers to get caught up on each other’s progress throughout the month. I know I made it out alive in November because I had Travis constantly encouraging me—not to mention throwing around a little competitive spirit.
If you’re interested in joining a cabin we McGruders have set up, check out our cabin or look up our NaNoWriMo profiles:
For those who are participating as well, we support you! Good luck! Update us on your goals and how you’re faring!