NaNoWriMo & Camps!

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What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo is a writing event that lasts from the 1st November until the 30th November where participants challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel within the allotted 30 days.


There are participant variations to this, such as 'NaNo Rebels', who stray from the guidelines so that they can use the required 50,000 words to their advantage in writing something else - for example, to complete a collection of short stories or to write the remaining 30,000 words of their current novel and the first 20,000 words of another - yet the objective and time frame remains the same.


The NaNoWriMo website - which you can find here: - has many different elements to help you with the completion of the 50,000 word challenge. These include: a word count checker, a 'writing buddies' area where you can invite/add your friends who are also participating, local and online writing groups and sessions, and more.  

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What are the Camp NaNoWriMos?

Camp NaNoWriMos are another writing event that are held in April and July, from the 1st to the last day of those months. They are similar in style to the NaNoWriMo event (above) as the participants are still required to challenge themselves to write a certain number of words, or write/edit for a certain number of hours, within the allotted 30 - 31 days (depending on the month). 

The differences between the NaNoWriMo event and the Camps are subtle but effective, depending on what style works best for you. For example, NaNoWriMo requires its participants to attempt to write a set 50,000 word count for a novel project. However, the Camps allow their participants to choose their own set word, or hour, count that they wish to achieve and are able to choose what type of project they would like to work on for the challenge - this can range from novel to poetry, from essays to a non-fiction book. Another difference is that the Camps provide virtual 'cabins' for their participants to join and/or create for themselves which are made up of other participants taking on the Camp challenge alongside you. This is something that the November NaNoWriMo does not offer but which can provide a support base for participants or even a little competition if that helps motivate you. 


The Camp NaNoWriMo website - which you can find here: - also includes a word count checker, helpful hints and tips (resources), access to NaNoWriMo online forums, and more.