Camp NaNoWriMo 2013

Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner…

WARNING: Camp is taking part during different months to last year. The months for 2013 are April and July.

For those of you that took part last year, you already know the rules. For those that didn’t, listen up:

Camp is slightly different to “Normal” NaNo…even more so this year. The idea is the same – write a huge chunk of wordy goodness within a calendar month. Other things are different. For a start Camp happens twice a year, to make sure everyone has a chance to take part…or if you’re feeling hardcore, so you can do it twice! The months for 2013 are April/July, so if you’re doing both you get a nice rest in between.

This year you can modify your proposed word count, so you don’t have to stick to the usual 50,000. This means people with little time to spare in the summer, or people who think 50k is a little overwhelming for 30 days work, can choose a smaller target (the minimum is 10k). Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can up the count to a higher number (maximum is 999,999!).

I’m playing it casual this year and going for the boring yet standard 50k.

Instead of relying on the forums for communication and group activities Camp relies on ‘Cabins’, which are effectively small private chat rooms for 4-6 campers. This means for the duration of the month you will make a few new writing friends (aww, just like real camp!). You can set up various options to determine the type of people you’ll get in your cabin. At the moment the options are:

  • Campers with a similar level of cabin activity
  • Campers with a similar word-count goal
  • Campers in my age range
  • Campers writing in my genre
  • Request specific campers by username

Alternatively you can choose ‘surprise me with random cabin mates!’ or be a miserable Tard cat and select ‘I don’t want to be included in a cabin.’

Surprisingly, as grumpy as I am, I always choose to be in a cabin. You never who you might meet! Although for the past few years my cabins have always been deathly quiet or full of idiots. Ah well, better luck this year…maybe.

Buy some Camp merchandise and geek out with other writers when you turn up to a meet with the same t-shirt on. Or just throw your money at the Donation page to help the cause.

Good luck if you decide to take part!

2 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo 2013

  • March 14, 2013 at 17:00

    Good luck with Camp NaNo! I’m participating in both months this year. In April I want to finish the novel I started rewriting in regular NaNo (30,000 word goal) and in July, I want to write book two of the trilogy (probably a 50k word goal).

    • March 14, 2013 at 18:11

      Thanks, Cherie! Good luck with yours as well. Very brave doing both months 🙂


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