This past weekend I decided to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo for the month of July. Now many people have been planning for this for more than a mere few hours, but I decided to dive right in.
I found out about NaNoWriMo from fellow college bloggers who had taken part in the November challenge to write 50,000 words within 30 days. While this seemed daunting, I began to consider doing that challenge this coming November. However, lately, I have been feeling very unsatisfied with the work I have been producing. Between my academic work and my articles for Odyssey; an online news platform, I have felt that I could use some inspiration and influence to improve.
After looking for ideas online I found Camp NaNoWriMo. Unlike NaNoWriMo in November, Camp allows you to do various projects with a word counts ranging between 30 and 1,000,000 words. You also gave access to free resources such as forums and a cabin where you can speak to other writers for feedback. At the end of the month, you may validate your word count; while maintaining the privacy of your work and have the chance to win prizes that can help with the completion and/or publication of your work.
After deciding to embark on this challenge I grabbed some paper and began to brainstorm a story. Next, armed with the input of way too many youtube videos I ran to Staples, bought a notebook and started working.
My goal is to write a short story of about 10,000 words. The great thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is should I decide to write more than the 10,000 words I can do so. This challenge is just a way to get the juices flowing.
Wish me luck!