In 2015 I participated in the more widely known NaNo event: National Novel Writing Month. In November each year, novelists from across the globe attempt to write 50,000 words in the 30 days.
But what about once the draft is finished? What about the re-writing or editing? Or what if you have a novel to write in the other eleven months of the year?
That’s where Camp NaNoWriMo comes in.
This July I was added to a “cabin” (chat room keeping with the camping theme) with a group of other writers at the editing stage. Whereas November focuses mainly on writing and has word count goals & statistics, camp can be customised to the writer’s specific goals.
Since I am editing I chose a minute goal of 930 minutes for the month or 15.5 hours. Sounds daunting? Its only half an hour a day out of the 14.5 I’m awake. Do able, right?
Definitely, even with a full time job. I do 42 mins each weeknight to allow the weekends off. Or in the case of my first week when I had three days off, I’m making the time up over 2x 1 hour days.
But no matter if I reach my target or not, I’m grateful for the opportunity to enjoy editing again. I am proud of myself for taking a break and I am proud of myself for getting back to it.
I’ve never participated in Camp before, but I am learning I’m a goal orientated person. I love reaching my target for the day, and it certainly helps to have a group of people for support.
After Camp (I don’t think it runs every month) I want to create my own graph to meet everyday.