What the heck is Camp NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s all about writing novels! During the month of November you can write novel or participate in Camp in April or July. You set a writing goal (either in words or hours) and you “win” by completing that goal.
This month was my first time participating in (and hearing about) Camp NaNoWriMo, and I won! I didn’t have a huge goal (only 25,000 words) but with my busy schedule it was still a challenge.
Part of the fun is being sorted in Cabins with 19 other people. It was so amazing being able to get that support. Pretty much any time of day someone would be online, so you could always chat about your story or do writing sprints. Writing sprints were great, just taking a few minutes at a time to write as much as you can. It was fun and got the juices flowing!
I was in a Cabin for writing FanFiction. I wrote a FanFiction based on the anime Naruto. Here’s the synopsis I whipped up:
Prince Haruno wakes every morning to bind his breasts and face the world while his life is turned upside down. He is hounded by his latest female suitor, tempted by the men around him, and doesn’t have a clue how to be a woman. As he goes undercover as a lady-in-waiting, he will discover more than womanhood. There’s a plot against the Kingdom, and he can trust no one.
I had a lot of fun writing the story, and I hope to convert it to a regular novel someday. I might even do that for November’s NaNoWriMo!
The Bottom Line
Camp NaNoWriMo was a really great experience! Whether you’ve written one sentence or whole books in your lifetime, it’s a great place to get your feet wet with writing. You get to meet great people, talk about writing, and write! I learned a lot about my own writing in this process, as well as how important it is to have a support system while writing.
If you feel like participating next time, follow this link. If you aren’t a writer but want to support the cause, they have donation options here. Want to pretend you participate and get some cool gear? I won’t judge. Go here.
Let me know in a comment if you’re participated in (Camp) NaNoWriMo, have any cool writing accomplishments to share, or just want to say hi!