I Always Wanted to go to Camp (NaNoWriMo)


Well, my friends, it’s April. If you’re a writer of the NaNoWriMo variety then you know this is the time of year that we Wrimos head to camp.

I had heard of Camp NaNoWriMo in the past but had never really given it much thought. One month each year of rapid, frantic novel writing seemed like more than enough for me.

But you know how it goes: one day your Twitter friends are joking about starting a queer writing cabin and the next thing you know you’ve committed yourself to writing 1,000 words per day for the next 30 days.

As one does.

Yes, I signed up to write 30,000 words in April.

All things considered, the timing was pretty great: I had just gotten settled into my new job/city/life and was itching to start working on the sequel to The Star and the Ocean (current working title: The Wind and the Horizon. How do we feel about that? Yay or nay?)

The good news: I’m already a six chapters (plus a prologue) into the book!

The bad news: I’m three-ish days behind on my word count…

As annoying as it is to be behind, I’m not beating myself up over it. Writing TSATO has always involved a very different process than anything else I’ve ever worked on. Ultimately, Camp provides me with the motivation and camaraderie to write something every day and, if that means I get a decent chunk of this book hammered out by the end of the month, I’m all for it (regardless of how many words I have on April 30th).

What about you? Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo? If so, let me what you’re working on and how your word count is going in the comments!

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