For many kids, summer means returning to camp, rejoining seasonal friends and taking part in capture the flag and campfire storytelling. For aspiring novelists, summer means returning to a different kind of camp: Camp NaNoWriMo.
Many are already aware of the November version of National Novel Writing Month, when writers attempt to write a complete novel of at least 50,000 words in just 30 days. For those who want to make the same attempt but can’t wait until fall, Camp NaNoWriMo offers the same structure for two of the summer months, June and August.
Like other summer camps, NaNo writers come together with a support system of writers in Austin and around the world to share their authoring struggles. Instead of tire swings into the lake, writers are playing with plot and chasing their characters around a fictional campground.
Along with creating the hard deadline to force writers to make time in their busy lives to put their story on paper, the website also helps track progress, and forums provide a place to brainstorm ideas, vent about writer’s block, and share tricks for upping word count, like writing out all of those contractions.
Students can take advantage of their free time and replace class papers with chapters in their own novel. Those who are still clocking in at the office from 9 to 5 can still take advantage of the warmer weather to inspire their evening and weekend writing sessions.
Sign up today to start writing at a minute past midnight on Friday. Or if you need a little more time to plan, you can sign up now and return to your cabin in August.