My Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge for 2015

The Fool by Pamela Coleman Smith

The Fool by Pamela Coleman Smith. Image from courtesy of Holly Voley.

It’s April once again. Usually during this time of year, I’m looking forward to my birthday and nursing a case of spring fever. Not this year! This year, I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April. No fooling!

Camp NaNoWriMo is brought to you by the same folks who do NaNoWriMo–National Novel Writing Month, which for some crazy reason is in November. I’ve long ago come to terms with the fact that I will never write a novel in November. November is con season at our house–all three of our regular cons (Hurricane Who, BarCampCHS, and Atomacon) take place on consecutive weekends in November. Traipsing around conventions with my backpack and The Husband is not conducive to writing 50,000 words in a month.

Twice a year, NaNoWriMo runs the Camp programs. Like the main event, Camp NaNoWriMo are month-long writing events held in April and July. Participants sign up at their website. You can join a Cabin if you want to write with buddies, so you get the same moral support from other writers that you get in November. Camp NaNo, however, lets you set your word count and therefore be a little more relaxed about your goals.

I successfully completed the challenge I set for myself at Camp last July: I wrote a blog post every day, and racked up over 15,000 words in the process. Yay! Go me!

What I didn’t do so well was keep blogging regularly. Yes, producing so much in such a short span of time burned me out. This year, I am controlling for that. My Camp NaNoWriMo challenge is this: Once again, write a post every day. I’d love to make a 20,000 word goal. But the challenge won’t be complete on April 30. My ultimate goal, even if I don’t make the word count, is to continue blogging in May and beyond. My plan is to publish at least three blog posts a week, every week.

How is this challenge going to help me do that? I’m planning to keep writing in May until I am two weeks ahead. Success this time means having two weeks worth of posts in the hopper, waiting to go out. That way I’m on time with posts, even on days when the words aren’t coming. That way I am writing consistently (if not every day). That way, I will look back on 2015 as the year I Got My Writing Shit Together.

So I hope you come along with me on this Fool’s journey. We’ll talk a lot about books and a bit about the craft of writing. I’ll be happy to share my knitting projects with you (there are two on the needles right now that are quite exciting). Most of all, I hope to hear from you. Let me know what you think, and what you’d like to talk about. Let’s see where this path takes us!

6 thoughts on “My Camp NaNoWriMo Challenge for 2015

  1. I’m doing camp nanowrimo this year too! It’s a busy month, so we will see how it goes. Good luck on your own nanowrimo-ing. 🙂


    • Good luck to you, too, Emma! It always seems like the months I pick for NaNo are extra busy. How does the month know to do that? 😉