Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Camp NaNoWriMo: July session

In just a couple of days, the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo will start.  Are you planning on participating?

I don't know about you, but I feel completely unready for Camp this year.  The April session is almost always a flop for me, mainly because it happens to coincide with the same month as taxes and my birthday.  The first half of the month I'm usually getting ready to file my taxes, and then I'm totally burned out afterward, with not much time to recover and get much writing done by my birthday.

The last couple years, though, I've barely made a showing for the July session, either.  I think Camp is a lot harder to do than the main National Novel Writing Month that happens in November, mostly because there's so much hype and such a strong local community here in November that it's easier to stay motivated all month.  The summer sessions lack that almost completely, though, at least in our region.

In past years, we've tried to get people to come to what used to be a year-round writers group.  Of course we haven't been able to do that the last few years, because of covid and NaNoWriMo's rules against official in-person gatherings during the pandemic.  But even before 2020, the push to get people to do in-person stuff during Camp (at least in the Denver region) had exactly zero effectiveness.

This year, my time has been completely consumed with my sick horse since mid-April, so there's a pretty minimal chance that I'll have much time for Camp.  However I've been thinking again about my novel from last year, and wanting to get back to work on it since I never finished.  I might try to see if I can carve out a little time to work on it in July, even if it's not much.

What are your plans for Camp NaNoWriMo next month?

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