NaNoWriMo, Writing Stuff

Camp NaNoWriMo, or Why Do I Do This To Myself?

It seems that I just can’t help myself.

I’d actually forgotten that Camp NaNoWriMo was a thing. I tried it once before during July Camp and got a couple of days in before I realised that there were other things I could be doing with my Summer holidays, like sleeping for inordinate amounts of time, binge watching Supernatural (I was super into Supernatural back then) and then sleeping some more.

For those not in the know, Camp NaNoWriMo is an offshoot of National Novel Writing Month, which is a thing where tens of thousands of people around the world go insane and try to write 50,000 words in a month (I wrote a survival guide for it last November). The primary difference between Normal NaNo and Camp NaNo is that at Camp you get to set your own word goal. Of course, if you were really sensible you would set it to 0, or maybe 10 if you were feeling really ambitious. I, being a silly person, have decided to attempt 25,000 in what I have affectionately termed a ‘Half NaNo’. The thinking behind this is that if I can achieve a Half NaNo with my new work schedule, I can at least think about attempting a Full NaNo in July. Also Half NaNo and Full NaNo sound like sailing knots, and for some reason that’s funny to me.

Just to make things more difficult for myself, I’m going to try and take you along on this magical NaNo journey with me. Maybe I can inspire some of you who have never undertaken NaNoWriMo before to give it a go come July or November. Maybe I’ll just put everyone off for life. Either way, check back for updates on my word count, the amount of coffee I’ve drunk and how many characters I’ve killed off this time! It should be a fun time for all involved. Except maybe those dead characters.