For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. This is an event held every November in which people all over the world attempt to write 50 thousand words in the span of 30 days. The idea is that it gets you write your first draft, without letting your inner editor get in the way. You can edit and revise later, after all.
Because NaNoWriMo was so popular, the creators started the Camp version, which is more relaxed and held in the spring and summer months (for those who live in the northern hemisphere at least). If I remember correctly, there’s one in April, June, and August. For this, you can set your own word count goal (be it 10 thousand or 150 thousand) and try to reach it at your own pace, while chatting with other users in your virtual cabin.
Today is April first, and this is not a joke.
I’ve been contemplating whether to do Camp NaNo for about three months now. I know I want to do the June one, because I’ll actually have decent chances, but can I pull it off in April? Can I swerve between essays and preparation for finals to complete a novel of some sort?
My current answer: no.
Not realistically, anyway. Even if I decrease my word count to 30k, I probably won’t be able to write even half that much. I get home too late in the evening, have too much homework (too much of which is research-related), and I’m trying to read–so I don’t really have the time or energy to do a big creative project.
I have, however, been worldbuilding, which I’m really enjoying. I’m thinking I might try to settle on a plot and prepare that for June’s session.
Are your participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? Why or why not?