At some point, all budding writers have fantasized about leaving their hectic lives behind and heading off to a cabin in the woods for some uninterrupted writing time. Sadly, most of us are a little too busy to do that — but the upcoming Camp NaNoWriMo in April might be the second best thing. Camp NaNoWriMo describes itself on its website as "an idyllic writer's retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life" — and can you think of anything more perfect than that?
So if you've been fantasizing about writing your masterpiece, but have always been a little intimidated by NaNoWriMo's infamous 50,000 word goal and the hundreds of thousands of participants, consider camping out for the month of April instead at this springtime virtual retreat. While NaNoWriMo's huge community can be awesome, Camp NaNoWriMo offers something a little more secluded: you'll enter into a cabin of up to just 20 writing buddies, assigned to you based on age, the genre of their writing, and their own word count goals — and they'll be ready to cheer you on at every step of the way. Or if you'd prefer, you can set up your own cabin with your friends!
What you choose to write during Camp NaNoWriMo is totally up to you; it could be a novel, but it could also be a script, or even poetry. You can go for the full 50,000 word goal if you'd like, or you could aim for a minimum of just 30. Now that's achievable. And if word counts stress you out, you can set your goal in lines, pages, or even hours if you prefer.
Camp NaNoWriMo takes a much gentler approach to writing than its more famous November cousin — but you'll still need the support of your cabin buddies to reach your own personal goals. Here are some of the best tips for getting through the month — and don't forget to pass these on to your cabin buddies to help them with their projects too!