national novel writing month

Self-Isolating? Camp NaNoWriMo is Here For You

Self-isolating isn’t just incredibly boring; it’s also lonely. The co-workers, peers, and friends you used to see on the regular are now tucked away in their own homes, with all social interactions suspended until further notice. If you’re a writer, your newfound free time might prove to be the best time to finish that novel you’ve been working on-and-off for years. But just because you’re in self-isolation doesn’t mean you have to write alone—Camp NaNoWriMo begins in just 13 days. 

If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers from across the globe attempt to finish a 50,000-word novel—in just thirty days. While you’re encouraged to write at least 1,600 words a day, how you decide to go about writing is entirely up to you. It might take a lot of discipline to get to that 50,000-word finish line, but the experience is fun all the same. 

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Camp NaNoWriMo is a little different in that, instead of sticking to a 50,000-word goal, you can go about your writing however you want. This means that you can choose a goal of 25,000 words, 250 hours, or 25 pages. Or, if you’re in the midst of the fourth draft of your work-in-progress, you can commit to revising two chapters a day. Essentially, your goal can be whatever you want. All that matters is that you have one.

 

The best part about Camp NaNoWriMo is probably the community. If you’ve participated in Camp before, you probably remember being sorted into a “cabin” of other writers based on things like age or the genre you were writing in. However, since Camp merged onto the same site as November NaNoWriMo, things have changed a little bit: you now have the freedom to choose your own “writing group.” Unlike Camp “cabins,” these groups won’t expire at the end of the month, allowing you to keep in touch with your new friends well after the end of Camp NaNoWriMo. You can also join as many writing groups as you want—or even make your own!

The NaNoWriMo team also hosts word sprints on their Twitter account and YouTube. This allows you to participate in writing prompts and challenges with other NaNoWriMo writers in real-time. 

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At a time when we’re facing separation from our regular communities, Camp NaNoWriMo provides the perfect platform to connect with others—all while getting in some much-needed writing time. Just because you’re in self-isolation doesn’t mean you have to suffer emotional isolation, too; there are people out there just waiting to connect with you online and read your killer writing project.

 

Camp NaNoWriMo starts April 1, but you can declare your project and join writing groups throughout the month of March. All you have to do is sign up here. If you’ve been pushing off your work-in-progress these past few months, you no longer have an excuse not to write. In the words of NaNoWriMo, the world needs your novel! So get writing, and stay safe!

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5 Quotes To Help You Kick Your NaNoWriMo Slump

With the month winding down and NaNoWriMo writers working to reach their respective 50,000 word goals, it should come as no surprise that many of these NaNo participants are experiencing a writer’s slump. Some of these individuals might be dealing with deadlines that relate to school, or perhaps work is taking its toll as the holidays fast approach. Or maybe it’s just good old fashioned writer’s block — the scourge of all writers.

Regardless, this is the time of the month where NaNo writers are confronted by their exhaustion, and they have to make the choice to keep working towards their goals or to call it good for the year. To keep you going, here are five quotes from writers to encourage you to keep working on your NaNo project.

1. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison, author of Beloved and The Bluest Eye, is a Nobel Prize recipient and the writer of more than ten books.

 

2. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Sir Terry Pratchett

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While alive, Terry Pratchett wrote over 40 books. His impressive bibliography includes titles like Good Omens (co-written with Neil Gaiman) and the Discworld series.

 

3. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” – Annie dillard

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Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the writer of books like The Writing Life and Living By Fiction. She has dabbled in multiple literary styles– everything from poetry to prose, and from fiction to nonfiction.

 

4. “It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself.” – Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith has been listed on Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists on two separate occasions. She is a recipient of the Orange Prize for Fiction award and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. She wrote the novels White Teeth and On Beauty.

 

5. “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been rewarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy award, and the Orange Prize. She wrote the novels Americanah and Half of A Yellow Sun

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