Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

April Camp and Poetry

Is anyone doing the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo?  I’m such a total NaNoWriMo addict that as soon as I got the email that the session was open I registered.

For those that are camping, have you decided what you’ll be working on? I’ll be finishing Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord, and if I don’t hit 50,000 words with it I’ll work on something else, probably either Hedge House or Book Two of The Other Mages trilogy.

Have you decided on your word count goal?  Mine will be 50k, as usual.  I should do something sane, like set it at 30k, since I’m also doing NaPoWriMo, but I’ve done both before so see no reason to stop now.  Besides, I’m so excited to be writing instead of editing that I can’t wait to get started!  I’ve even requested the first day of April off from work so I can get a good start on the month.

Now, for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, read on.

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, a month long ascent into insanity in which participants are challenged to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.  It takes place in November, and there are events (prep sessions, write ins, parties) hosted by the Municipal Liaison for each region, pep talks from your ML, pep talks from published authors, and a few hundred thousand other people all involved in the same burst of insanity and creativity.  It’s a wild rush and totally addictive.

Camp NaNoWriMo is pretty much the same, except the MLs don’t usually do write ins and such. In addition, for Camp you get to set your own word count goal. And instead of being in a region, you can sign up for a cabin, which is sort of an online bulletin board where you can leave messages and chat with your cabin mates.  You can opt not to be in one, of course, but I’ve met some really great people through the cabins.  (I’ve also been in cabins that are total “duds” — no one is posting and no one is writing.)  You can request to be assigned to a random cabin, or you can choose to be assigned according to various criteria: age group, genre, or similar word-count goals.  If you know others who are participating you can also opt to create a private cabin for you and your friends.

NaPoWriMo is National Poetry Writing Month.  Based on but not affiliated with NaNoWriMo, it is a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days.  (It is in April to run in conjunction with National Poetry Month.)  A lot of participants post their poems to a blog, and I’m no exception.  Craptastic Poetry only gets used in April, so it’s about time for me to go clear the cobwebs and get it ready to go.

(I should probably mention that both NaNo and NaPo are actually international, not just national.)

Oh, and just for the record, I find the 50,000 words easier than the 30 poems.




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