Summertime Writing

I’m sure most of you know about NaNoWriMo by now. Participation increases incredibly every year, as does publicity from those participants.

If you don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. Writers from all over the world try their hardest to write a 50,000 word novel within the month of November. There are even programs for teens and kids that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Remember the movie “Water for Elephants” that came out earlier this year with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson? Well, the book that movie was based on was written during NaNoWriMo a few years ago.

But what if you don’t have time to write in November? I mean, the majority of holidays are either in November or December, so if you aren’t celebrating you are getting ready to celebrate and surrounded by family and friends. This doesn’t leave much time to sit around and write a whole novel.

Luckily, the Office of Letters and Light (the brains behind NaNoWriMo) has a solution. Starting this year, they are offering Camp NaNoWriMo! There are two sessions of camp, July or August (or both, if you are so inclined), in which you will try to write a full 50,000 word novel.

Most of us, even if you work full time, have a little more free time in the summer (I don’t know how it works, but it does). Shouldn’t you try to accomplish something with that time other than eating a whole watermelon in one sitting?

What are you waiting for? Get writing!


    • I have attempted 3 different challenges (last year’s NaNoWriMo, ScriptFrenzy, and now Camp) and haven’t successfully completed a project yet, but I get closer each time. You just have to give it a try and push yourself to go a little farther than you think you can.

      Good Luck!

  1. I’m always happy to cheer on the other NaNo participants, but I don’t want to write 50k in 4 weeks. 6 weeks is the best I’ve done, and writing took over my life! Those who can do it are impressive!

    I didn’t know about Water for Elephants. My husband loved that book.

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