camp nano thoughts

two weeks ago, i randomly checked my inbox to find the following email at the top of the list.

Your creative retreat awaits.

it was a lovely surprise.

this year, camp nanowrimo will take place in april and july. if i decide to take part (and it’s likely that i will), this will be my second year and third time doing the camp version of nanowrimo. it will be even better than janowrimo, especially because it retains the same coziness and sense of community – “i’m not the only one!” – despite not being as official as the one in november. camp! cabins! s’mores! nature! writing! with flexibilities! (and of course, surreptitious forum-lurking.)

Welcome to the fourth year of Camp NaNoWriMo!

We first imagined Camp simply as an off-season alternative to National Novel Writing Month, but it’s evolved into much more than that: writers choose their own projects—from novel sequels to scripts to pop-up books—and find cabin communities (and often new friends) to support them.

We call it a retreat because you can write anything here, plus see what you’re capable of when you have the time and space to create.

Last year, we introduced flexible word-count goals (10,000 to 999,999) and the ability to add your own project genre. Our 2014 features are designed to make Camp even more open-ended:

Remodeled, ultra-hyphy cabins. Share your triumphs with more fellow writers: cabins now accommodate 12 campers. Worried that’ll be too much conversation to keep track of? We’ve also added @replies to the cabin message board. Set your preferences before March 25 to claim your bunk.

Full project-defining power. Now, you can select your genre and category. Working on a collection of swashbuckling tales? “Adventure Short Stories” will be shown on your profile. Writing presidential haikus? You can proudly display your choice of “Historical Poetry.” Create and edit your project here.

One-click access to the big world of Camp. Hanging with cabin mates is great, but there are about 20,000 other campers to meet, too. Find quick links to our blog, Facebook, and Twitter in your cabin and on the homepage.

A new T-shirt, a full stock of merchandise, and updated donation levels. The shirt is gorgeously candlelit, plus there’s a twig pen! And as always, we have an array of web and social media graphics to show your Camp spirit.

The writing starts on April 1, and we’ll have plenty more to share before then. For now, start thinking about what you’d like to work on. Remember: this is your creative retreat.

how awesome does that sound??

that email was a perfectly-timed reminder – coincidentally, my dream novel (whose first draft i completed during nanowrimo 2012) has been growing on me again. suddenly, there’s an outlining notebook open in front of me, and i’m focusing more on my characters and story arcs than on schoolwork (not exactly a good thing). i’m completely rewriting this story of mine (which from here will be referred to as ‘sans titre,’ fancy french for ‘untitled’), keeping only the cast and key plot points. i’m actually planning the novel this time so that i won’t deviate from my original goals or fall into writer’s block the way i had in nano ‘12 (which i pantsed).

i’m exhausted from school. i’m stressed about life. my first state standardized test is on the last day of march.

this will be a chance to write, and, more importantly, a chance to get away from all of that. (i don’t have my priorities straight, if you haven’t noticed already. oops.)

are you excited for this? i know i am!


(by the way, i’m happy to report that I feel so much better today. c:)