I’ve been a participant in National November Writing Month with not the best success. I’ve usually done it by myself and I’m not sure that I’ve taken full advantage of what NaNoWriMo has to offer. But just this month I received a NaNoWriMo email explaining that NaNoWriMo isn’t just for the month of November, it can also be for the month of April with a twist.

For Camp NaNoWriMo, you sign up to be placed into a cabin with 11 other “campers.” You have the option of being randomly assigned or forming a private group. The idea is that this allows you to meet other writers and encourage each other as you write your novel in a month. You build up a profile, like you do on NaNoWriMo.org and there is campsite message board you can use to chat with the campers in your cabin.

Wow, sounds pretty cool! Since I’m in need of more exposure to other writers, I’m thinking that this will be the perfect opportunity for me to potentially make new friends or even find new critique partners. The timing of Camp NaNoWriMo couldn’t be more advantageous too. I really want to finish the first draft of my novel so I can finally put everything together and see whether I can get it published by the end of the year.

Instead of getting put into a random cabin, I opted to see if there were any interesting people in the forum that were looking for compatible camp mates. I got recruited into an active cabin of mostly newbes and we’re already having a blast. I can’t wait to find out what happens in April and whether or not I have the courage to finish my first story in the Jention Chronicles.

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