Those crazy kids over at The Office of Letters and Light, the people behind the Young Writers Program and insane things like National Novel Writing Month and Script Frenzy, (aka NaNoWriMo and Screnzy to the cool kids) have a brand new writing challenge they just launched at the start of July. Camp NaNoWriMo!
As the site slogan says, it’s “an idyllic writer’s retreat smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” In other words, the idea behind Camp NaNoWriMo is simple: challenge yourself to write a novel (or just 50,000 words of something else) any month you like! Of course, you could just wake up any morning and decide to do that on your own but isn’t it more fun with the group support of the NaNoWriMo community behind you?
I love the idea. While the writing spirit in November has no match, it’s nice to have an option for anyone who feels like challenging themselves on their own schedule. I’d love them to add badges and other silly little rewards for people doing more then one Camp NaNoWriMo session a year to add a little competitive spirit and inspire everyone to write even more.
The site is very much in beta but you can start tracking towards your 50,000 already in July and August sessions. Even if you aren’t hopeful about hitting the goal this month, I’d recommend signing up anyway to help them test the site and figure out what still need to be done before it goes full throttle. It’s pretty bear bones (get it? because we’re supposed to be at camp?) at the moment but they’ve got a lot of great things planned.
I’m already a registered camper (but totally behind so don’t feel bad if you are too) so why not grab your bug spray, pre-load your marshmallows and sticks and come join me by the noveling fire!