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Camp NaNoWriMo v NaNoWriMo: What’s the Difference?

Hey everybody! Every year there’s two different sessions of Camp NaNoWriMo. The second session is coming, which is in July.

But wait, I’ve gotten ahead of myself. I haven’t talked to you about what these things are.

NaNoWriMo is a National Novel Writing Month that occurs every November. People all over the world try to write a novel for at least 50k words in one month. The excitement each year is almost palatable. You’ll see all kinds of think pieces on blogs, videos about it, and so much more. You’ll find sprints on Twitter and NaNoWriMo Facebook groups are all of the sudden on fire, there are so many people posting and chatting it up. On the NaNoWriMo site you can create a profile, measure your progess, talk on message boards, and chat with friends who you’ve added, who are on this crazy ride.

 

 

With Camp NaNoWriMo, the atmosphere is absolutely different. The buzz is more of a murmur like the crickets at the end of a summer’s night. You don’t have a friend’s list in Camp NaNo, which I think is an unfortunate oversight. But, instead of friends list, you can join a cabin. You can get put into a randomly, join a friend’s cabin, or create a cabin and invite people yourself. (See how the whole camp thing comes to play?). In order to join a cabin, you first need to create a project. You have to choose a project type (novel, short story, script, etc…) and then your goal which measured in either words, hours, minutes, lines, and pages.  With the added bonus of being able to encourage your cabin mates, the Camp option  is a really flexible alternative.

Some writers find the flexibility helps them along and others like the madcap mayhem of a 50k word month. I like them both for different reasons. I use the Camps to finish projects and NaNo is to start something new and really dig into it for a month. I am trying to establish a daily writing routine and doing the NaNo events definitely helps.

Check out my NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo playlists. Let me know in the comments below, do you prefer one NaNo over another? And I’ll see you next Monday!

Aloha y’all

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Last Day of NaNo | Win, Lose, or Draw?

Aloha everyone!

As I predicted, I’ve let some dust build up here as I worked on my novel for NaNoWriMo. Let’s knock down the cobwebs and dust off this place, shall we?

2015 winner

I won NaNoWriMo! I won the day before Thanksgiving during my #writestuff virtual write-in that I hosted with Burgess Taylor and Amy Tasukada. Here’s our write-in. If you still have some words to write, you can write along with us. Or you can check out my awesome (which is pretty debatable) victory dance.

I’m kicking around the idea of doing a weekly video of my editing process for this novel. Would y’all be interested in seeing that here? I’m still debating it, but leaning toward- sure. It’ll keep me accountable and I think it’ll help me to realize what works for me and what doesn’t. I edited my poetry collection and The Reverie Journal’s collection, but I haven’t edited an entire novel that was mine. I’m excited…and nervous. I talk about it a bit more here:

I also, verified my novel on camera, showed off some of my baking skills, and basically was all smiles for Thanksgiving and turkey day eve. I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that you were surrounded by loved ones and good food. (I suppose that’s just a good hope in general, Thanksgiving or not.)

That about lets you know what’s been happening on this little bit of the island for the past few weeks If you want to ask me questions for a Q&A video, plop your questions in the comments. I’d like to do a Q&A video sometime later this month.

How did your NaNo go? Did you refocus your energies on something else? Did you hit your goal? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing about your journeys.

Aloha, y’all

 

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NaNoWriMo and Me

I’m definitely doing it again this year. Setting myself up against a 50,000 word gauntlet. Going to compete against myself to see if I can win that prize of crossing the finish line. Where the biggest goal is being able to say, “I did it.”

NaNoWriMo is an international event where people sit their butts down and write a novel in one month.

Yup. One month.

It’s a crazy thought and a daunting task, but it’s not impossible. Of course, after the month the books won’t be publish ready. There’s so much rewriting, editing, editing, editing, rewriting to do afterward. However, whether you write a rough draft in 30 days or 3 years the rewriting has to happen. It’s part of a diligent process. But it’s worth it.

Last year was the first time I vlogged it and I’m going to do that again. Nope, I do not know what has possessed me to take up such a challenge and then decide to make it that much more difficult. Perhaps I’m as crazy as they say I am? (Who’s “they” don’t ask. You might know them.)

Here’s my video where I talk about what I’ll be doing next month. I’ll be trying to keep you up-to-date on here, but the easiest way to know what’s going on with my writing (especially for the month of November) would be to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know down in the comments. Hope you enjoy the video! Aloha y’all!

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