I realized last night at o'dark-thirty that I had not written my weekly blog post. Frantically searching for a topic I remembered that NaNoWriMo is having two Camps this summer and the first one is mere weeks away.
Camp NaNoWriMo is a semi-unofficial NaNo done during the summer with it's own unique culture and rewards. I am not privy to this culture or the rewards as I have not participated in Camp NaNoWriMo, but I bet there's a really cool secret handshake. This year June and August have been selected for the Camps. Summer doesn't work for me, but don't let that stop you!
"What the heck is this anyway?" you ask.
I answer: "a no-holds-barred noveling adventure where you write 50,000 words in one month!"
"Impossible!" you say.
"Not so," say I.
The main event is in November and I've done it three times. In fact, NaNoWriMo is the one time in the year when I am ridiculously productive as a writer. I write more in that one month than I do the other eleven. Why? Because NaNo is insanely motivating!
I love going on the website and looking at my progress, comparing it to that of my NaNo Buddies, and wasting time...er...doing research on the forums. It's a social experience as well as a literary one.
But it must be terribly complicated, you think. Not at all, I think back (because apparently there is a strong telepathic connection between us). Just go to the website, sign up, introduce yourself--WriMos are famous for being friendly, we're right up there with the Irish (Irish WriMos are double friendly)--and wait for the starting bell.
For more information, follow one of the links I have generously sprinkled throughout this post, or click on this one: National Novel Writing Month.
Now for your viewing pleasure, an entertaining video made in honor of the 2009 NaNoWriMo event.