Here we are, four days into the month of April, otherwise known to some as the first Camp NaNoWriMo. (The other one happens in July). It's much like the November NaNoWriMo, in that you're finishing a writing project in a month, but there are some differences.
1.) Maybe the biggest difference is that you don't have to write 50,000 words if you don't want to. Sure you can, but Camp was designed to be a lower-key experience, and if the idea of writing 50,000 words is stressful for you, then set your word goal lower.
2.) There are cabins instead of forums. Well, there are forums, but they're on the November NaNoWriMo site, not the Camp's site. Cabins group you with people of like interests so that you can chat about your novel's progress or problems you've encountered, sort of like your very own online writing group.
3.) You are also encouraged to work on things besides just novels. You can write a book of short stories, participate in camp by editing a previously-written work, or even write a screenplay. It's all up to you, as long as you make it to your word goal by the end of the month. You could even write 30,000 words-worth of poems if you wanted!
4.) Also, it's open to anyone over 13. That way, just about anyone can take part in it. (Anyone under 13 can still make up their own word goal at home and try to meet it—that way the whole family can participate)!
As you can see, Camp NaNoWriMo is really just an excuse to write another time of the year besides just November. It's practice, really, and helps people go from I-wish-I-could-write-a-book to wow-look-what-I-just-wrote. Also, there are some pretty cool prizes. ;) (These are valid for 2016 only).
That being said, no one should write only during the months of November, April and July just because they're somehow "dedicated" to the craft. Writers write—and that means writing all year long. Still, it's pretty cool that we can come together during these special months and celebrate our art.
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