In April of this year, I participated in the National Poetry Writing Month challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days. I narrowly succeeded by writing the last seven poems in two days. It was fun and I very much enjoyed it, even if I’m only proud of maybe 30% of the poems I wrote during that time.
Perhaps two weeks ago I discovered that National Novel Writing Month, which includes the now infamous challenge that requires participants to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November, is doing “summer sessions” during the months of June and August. My initial thought was, this is brilliant. See, the problem with NaNoWriMo is that November is the worst month in which to write a novel. It’s right on the cusp of the holiday season, and if you’re a student, you have finals to worry about on top of the holidays. Nevermind that it’s also one of the ickiest months weather-wise, at least where I live. I’ve only done NaNoWriMo once because of those things, back in 2008, and I fell short by about 30,000 words.
Doing this writing challenge in the summer is a stroke of genius. Students are out of school, and even grown-ups take vacations where they might have time to do a great deal of writing. So when I found out, I was like, yeah. I could totally do this.
It comes at a really nice time for me, too. As you know from my last couple of posts, I’ve recently made the decision to actually apply myself to my writing and hopefully go somewhere with it, even if it’s just on the side (as it likely will be).And since I just gutted my manuscript, this is a good chance for me to generate the new content I have planned instead of doing it over another eight years.
So anyway. I’m kind of cheating, because you’re supposed to start fresh with a brand new novel, and instead I’m continuing work on my old one; but really, I don’t care. It’s not about the rules, it’s just about writing with total abandon.
The website is http://www.campnanowrimo.org, if you’d like to get involved yourself. I’ve also made this handy-dandy ticker for myself, which will be displayed somewhere fixed on the blog once I figure it out. Woo!
UPDATE: The ticker is now displayed under a page tab at the top of the blog titled Camp NaNo etc etc, right next to the “About” page, so you can follow my progress without wading through to find this post again. 😀