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Camp NaNo: What To Write?

Camp 2015

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2015 starts in one month! Can you believe it?

For those of you who do not know what Camp NaNo is or have never heard of it before, it’s the same thing as NaNoWriMo (you write 50,000 words in 30 days) in November every year.

Camp has a slight twist on it because it’s obviously not in November, but in April and July. Also, based on what you write for the month, you have the option to get sorted into cabins. Cabins are a mini messenger system where you can chat with fellow campers; get to know them and their novels, help each other out, compete with one another, etc.

You can’t choose who is in your cabin, but you do have a good say in what you want your cabin to be like. We’ll get more into that on a later post, though.

Today we’re going to discuss what to write for Camp NaNo next month.

Another twist with camp is that you have a lot more freedom–for lack of a better word–in what you want to write. For NaNo in November you write 50,000 words of a novel. Some people don’t follow this rule in which they’re called “NaNo Rebels,” but there’s nothing wrong with that. For camp, you have a lot of flexibility for what you want to write.

For starters, you can pick your own word count. The default is 50,000 words, but you can choose 100,000, 75,000, 10,000, even 123,456 if you so wish. If you think you’re able to hit 123,456 words in 30 days, then go for it! Me? I tend to stick with the 50,000 word count. I’ve done it before so I know I can do it again. Despite that being my goal, I always trying to get a bit higher than that.

You can also pick the category. In November, you’re “supposed” to write a novel. As stated earlier, not everyone does that and that’s okay. With Camp, you actually have the option to do a novel or something else.

You can choose:

–Novel
–Nonfiction
–Poetry
–Revision
–Script
–Short Stories

I don’t understand how some people revise for NaNo, but I know it has been done before. I’m sure writing 50,000 words of poetry would be a challenge, too–but think of all the poems you’d get out of it. I’ve written short stories before (for November NaNo in 2014) and it made for a good variety. I came up with many new ideas.

The script was added because April used to be Script Frenzy. It was a sister site of NaNo where you wrote 100 pages of a script during the month of April. I did it for two years before it closed.

With the different categories and the flexibility of word count in mind, do you know what you’re going to write for Camp NaNo next month?

29 more days until it begins.

Be sure to check out my profile on the Camp NaNo site and also add me as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo website!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

25 thoughts on “Camp NaNo: What To Write?

  1. Ooh I don’t know whether to do it or. It. Novembers nearly killed me. But it’s the only way I can bash loads of words out. I want to finish my novel, and I know it’s got to be in one of the nano sessions. It’s just which. I was wanting to edit the first half before continuing. Ut maybe I should just man up and carry on… Ergh.

  2. They actually changed the cabins this year…you can have a private cabin and invite who you want (up to 12 people). I am in a cabin with my fellow SNHU students! I have no idea what I am going to write. I have a few ideas, but I won’t know until I sit down and force the words out. Good luck to all who are joining this year!

    1. They changed that last July, yeah. This is my first year trying a private cabin because my sister and I wanted to be in one together. I was shocked that we could have so many people in our cabin. It used to only be about five or six.

      1. 1 to write and 1 to edit by halloween and another waiting to be edited after that.
        So much to do without nano and at some point try to finish a noval I started during last nano 😦

  3. I was going to let you know they’ve added a new feature to the cabins that allows you to pick people in a “private” cabin, but Vantui beat me to it. 😉

    Give me a couple weeks and I’ll know for sure what I plan to write about. 😀

    1. Lol, yeah I think they had that last July. I think that was the first time for the private cabins. This is my first time actually using the feature, though.

      1. If I use it, it will be my first time too. Last year, I let it sort me randomly. This year, I’ve dubbed for the similar word-count goal. If someone invites me to join a private cabin, I may go for that though. We’ll see!

      2. When the gets closer, my sister and I are going to post on our blogs asking if anyone wants to join our private cabin. Just a heads up if you want. 😉

  4. I’ll probably participate in NaNo, but I’m not entirely sure yet. If I do I will be revising my sci-fi mystery for the third draft, which I’m currently plotting. This is a complete rewrite with a new plot, some new characters and some new world building elements, so it will be pretty similar to writing a new novel. I’m just hoping it’s a little bit more polished than my first draft.

    1. I feel like my first drafts written for NaNo always come out worse than any other first draft. I think it’s mainly because I’m rushing to hit 50k in 30 days, but if it gets it written, then that’s all that matters. Good luck with your project!

  5. Oh, how interesting – I didn’t even realise this was a thing! I feel like one of these years I should really participate in NaNoWriMo (or even Camp NaNo) – it just always seems to be such a bad time, though. If there’s one in July as well, that would be the perfect time to give it a try, since school will be out and I won’t have anything to do all summer! Hm… *wanders off with notebook*

    1. There is one in July. 😉 And it’s a Camp session so you can choose your word count. You can do the standard 50k or you can do something higher or lower depending on your schedule.

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