I hereby pledge to write 50,000 words in the month of July. In other words, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo [July 2020]. I kind of already revealed this in my Goals for June. Every few years, I decide to do this and I never follow-through, due to the lack of time. But this time, I am committing and I now have you all as witnesses, haha.
What is Camp NaNoWriMo?
It is the summer version of National Novel Writing Month. This initiative was started in the early 00’s and it takes place every November. Since a few years, there are now also editions every April and July. In November, the goal really is to write 50,000 words in 30 days for a novel. The “rules” in April and July are a little less solid. You could write for anything and the amount does not matter, but the deadline is still the end of the month.
My plans for this year
Now what I am going to write exactly, I am not sure yet. Basically, I have three options. I could revise a very old “draft”, that I have tried to revise many times now. I could write short stories (I have had a plan for this for a while and with this platform, I finally want to execute). And the obvious one is writing an actual novel. I have a small list of idea’s for both a novel or for short stories. All I have to do is decide. But this is quite hard.
I am going to try to make a VERY rough outline for every idea and see what sparks the most joy at the moment. All ideas are making me excited, but I can’t possibly start writing it all at once. I guess it is good to have a back-up plan though.
During the month, I will be updating my progress on the NaNoWriMo website, you can find my profile here. And I will post updates regularly on Twitter and Instagram.
- Set up a notebook to gather all research and ideas, etc. during the month
- Write a rough outline for every idea
- Flesh out the outline for chosen idea
- Create a writing schedule with pacemaker.press
- Create a cover for the project
- Create a Pinterest board for the project
- Create a Spotify-playlist for the month
- Think of a reward when I complete the month
- Tidy workspace and make it motivational to write at every day
So here’s to hoping that I will finally complete a (Camp) NaNoWriMo edition!
Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? Or maybe if you have participated in the past, let me know your experiences!