I first discovered NaNoWriMo this past November. NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – is essentially a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. The contest takes place annually in November. I made it to about 52,000 words in November 2012, and that novel now stands just shy of 90,000 words. Here in the netherland between 80 and 90 thousand words, I’ve fallen a bit off track. It’s not that I don’t enjoy working on my novel, and it’s certainly not that I’ve run out of things to write, or am experiencing writer’s block. The novel is going wonderfully, and I have many more things already planned out for the story line. I know where the novel is going, where it will end, and how it will get there. I’m just struggling to find the time to set aside and actually do the business of writing.
Just a few days ago I received an email from the people who organize NaNoWriMo – this year, there will be a Camp NaNoWriMo in April! I immediately went to sign up. I’m excited to again give myself a deadline and a word count, and I’m hoping that I’ll find the time to work intensely, just like I did in November. This camp will even let you set a word count other than 50,000 – though I think I’ll leave mine right there. Another 50,000 will bring me right to the edge of completion, if my calculations are correct.
If you’ve never done NaNoWriMo, or even if you have, I invite you to join me for Camp NaNoWriMo this April. If you decide to accept the challenge, you can look me up and “friend” me – my username is matthewejackson
Here’s the link – Camp NaNaWriMo
Happy writing (and reading) to you all this weekend!
**Next week, look for at least one more poem, a book review, and who knows what else may show up!