novel during the 3o day month of November.
National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo as it is informally known is a fun and exiting literary adventure for people of all ages, weather looking to write their next killer best seller of weather just writing for the sun of it.
But then out of the smoke of all those novelists came the wondrous Camp NaNo. A lite version of National
Novel writing month, held twice a year in July and August.
This year in 2013 the camp system changed and the camp sessions were set for April and July instead.
Last November (2012) I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time and after winning and thoroughly enjoying myself in the process, I decided to join up for Camp NaNo in April.
The word count goal was flexible and after my quick win last November I decided to up my goal from 50,000 words to 65,000.
It is now day 24 of The April Camp NaNoWriMo and I am currently at 53,157 words and going strong.
I am completely confident that I will reach my 65,000 word goal for the month of April and so thoroughly intend on participating in the next Camp NaNo in July.
I encourage everyone who ever wanted to write a novel to give NaNo a go. It doesn't matter if you win or loose. At the end of it, you can say that you sat down and worked alongside millions of people worldwide in an attempt to write a novel in a month.
Some writers take years to get their novel down on paper. NaNoWriMo is an
incentive to write.
Edit it, revise it, put it away for a while, pick it up later, or in extreme cases, bin it and start again. But
whatever you decide to do after NaNo, if you haven't written anything, you can't do it.
I never knew I could get so much satisfaction from writing. I become my characters, they become real to me. I know them inside out and they help me learn about who I am as a person. I grow stronger as they do and feel their pain like it were my own.
I can become whoever I want to be. I can be a knight in a fantasy realm, I can be a warrior in the forests of the Amazon. I can be a fairy in a glen or even a captain in a hovercraft seven thousand years from now.
I can live anywhere I want. Be anything I want to be. That type of release comes only from writing and delving into the magical realms I create in my books. Nothing makes me feel so fulfilled, and nothing can take away the joy I find when becoming my characters and letting them lead my life.