You’ve read that right, funky monkeys: I’m entering Camp NaNoWriMo for a second time. Of course, that means that I’ll be sharing a new story blurb and sneak peek in the Quotes and Sneak Peeks section soon. This won’t be the only book I’ll be working on for the camp though; since I have two ongoing stories on wattpad that I don’t want to fall behind on, I’ll be rotating the three. Day One – Story One, Day Two – Story Two, Day Three – Story Three, Day Four – Story One… You get the drift.
But what is Camp NaNoWriMo?
I suppose most of you already know what NaNoWriMo stands for – National Novel Writing Month, and what it is about – writing 50 000 words from November 1 to November 30. If you achieve that goal, you get (apart from the satisfaction of writing 50K words in thirty days) some NaNoWriMo badges that don’t really do anything, but motivate you, as well as some goodies from the sponsors of the event (for example, a discount on the popular writing tool Scrivener).
Camp NaNoWriMo (or Camp NaNo for short) is something similar, but in a smaller scale. Here are the differences:
- You still have a month to complete a writing project, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a novel.
- You pick the number of words you want to write. For this edition of the camp, I chose 30K since I have a lot of non-writing-related things to do and I didn’t want to pressure myself with a big word count.
- Another difference is that the Camp is held twice a year – in April and in July.
- The last difference between the Camp and NaNoWriMo is that the former has a cabin system. Basically, the cabins are writing groups. You invite your friends (up to eleven people per cabin) and you get your own private group message board where you can help out and motivate each other. But before you can create or join a cabin, you have to fill in your project information.
How to fill in your project information (title, genre, word count goal, etc.).
- Hover over MY CAMP NANO in the menu on top.
- Click Camper Info.
- When the new page loads, click Edit Project Info.
- A new page will loaf again. Don’t forget to click on SUBMIT (bottom of the page) once you fill in the form.
How to update your word count for the day.
There are two ways to do that:
The first is through the Edit Project Info page (the one you get to when you click on Edit Project Info; see picture above): just write the number of words you’ve written that day and click SUBMIT.
For the second, you’ll have to look at the very top. Over the menu is Howdy, *Your User Name*! • Current Word Count; fill in the space after that with your word count and click the Update button.
How to create a private cabin for you and your friends to hang out.
Just take these two easy steps:
- Go to the Cabin Settings page.
- Select I want to create a private cabin.
Once your cabin is created, it’s time to invite your friends. You can do that by typing their usernames into the invitation field. Just remember that a camper must have created a profile, filled in their project information and deselected I don’t want cabin invitations this session (do this on the Cabin Setting page) to be eligible.
If you want to know more about the cabin system, check out these FAQ on the NaNoWriMo site.
Are you ready to take on the challenge?
So what do YOU think? Are you going to give the Camp a try?
If so, what are you working on?
If you are interested in the Camp and want to sign up, click here.
HAVE A GREAT TIME CAMPING, FUNKY MONKEYS!