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Camp NaNoWriMo – July 2013 Edition

I’ve still got my mug from last year.

And I’ve just ordered my t-shirt!

What’s Camp NaNoWriMo, you ask? According to the website, it’s “an idyllic writer’s retreat, smack dab in the middle of your crazy life.” The summer version of November’s National Novel Writing Month, it allows those of us who are more solar-powered to participate in a writing frenzy that coincides with being fully charged, not to mention having a full extra day and not competing with Thanksgiving.
I have a title, a mere kernal of an idea, but no plot to speak of, which, according to the founder of NaNoWriMo, Chris Baty, is actually no problem at all. We’ll see, anyway.

The goal is to write a minimum of 50,000 words during the course of the month, with the idea that 50,000 words is the size of some fine short novels, and of a size to be revised into something that might actually turn into a real thing. In NaNoWriMos past, I have gotten as far along as about 22,000 words. Anyone who reaches the 50,000 word mark “wins”. I am planning on being in the winners’ campfire circle at next month’s Camp.

When you see me in July, be sure and ask me how the novel is coming. And don’t accept any hemming or hawing or lame excuses. I need the social pressure and fear of public ridicule to keep me from kicking back and eating s’mores while watching the endless supply of Big Bang Theory re-runs on our DVR. My sincerest thanks in advance, even if I don’t seem particularly appreciative at that time.


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