Camp Nanowrimo 2016

So just over a month ago a friend told me about Camp Nanowrimo.

What is all this nonsensical madness you ask? Well, Nanowrimo is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth which takes place in November and the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  That’s 1,667 words a day.  Ask me how I know. I have tried and failed at Nanowrimo multiple times.

Which brings me to Camp Nanowrimo.  What’s the difference you ask? Well with Camp Nanowrimo (which takes place in April and July) you can set your own word goal! I found out about this near the end of March and I was pretty excited.  Maybe I could succeed at Camp Nanowrimo if I could set my own word goal!

So I decided to take part and write 25,000 words in the month of April.  That’s 834 words a day. Yes, I counted.  Knowing your daily word goal is vitally important.  Going past it is always fine.  Not meeting it can be a bummer. But you need to know what you’re aiming for.

Another key difference for Camp Nano is that you don’t have to write a novel.  You can write fanfiction, poetry, short stories, whatever, as long as it meets your word count.  I decided to flesh out one of my characters via a series of short vignettes.

Here’s the synopsis:

Landon Bradbury is a man in survival mode, and has been all his life.  Retired from the military because of disabilities, he seeks to find meaning in his life and his new circumstances. As he struggles with past trauma and unwanted romantic feelings, Landon will learn who he is and where his place is.

Ok it’s kind of a shitty summary, but you get the point.  Landon is our hero, and he has Issues.  So I took the month of April to explore who Landon is.  It was a lot of fun, I have to say.  And I happened to win! So go me!

25,000 words in a month may be easy for some but it is not easy for me, especially when I have no real plot. That’s why the vignettes were so handy, I could write about

  • Landon at a funeral for his mother
  • Landon at the Therapist
  • Landon getting diagnosed
  • Landon and his love interest

and none of them had to actually connect or weave together! Mwahahahahaha!

I don’t know if I’ll take part in July, but I’m definitely glad I did this one.

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