If you’ve never heard of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, you should check it out. It’s a writing challenge, one that pits you against yourself in a battle royale (with cheese) to write a brand-new novel of 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. It happens every year, it has grown by leaps and bounds each time, and there are now hundreds of thousands of people around the world, just like you and me, facing off against their computers or typewriters or notebooks in a frenzy of imagination and angst. The community is what makes it, for me; listening to hundreds of other people in the same boat, no matter what I’m feeling, fighting the same fight and going through the same roller coaster of elation and despair.
The only trouble, you see, is that it happens in November. At the beginning of holiday season. Knitter’s Crunch Time (this is not a cereal, by the way, but it should be). A terrible, terrible time for me to be too preoccupied with something else to enjoy my favorite season of the four, autumn, and now that I have two children, the pre-holiday season is prep time.
Like other projects that have spun off of NaNoWriMo’s success, this month (today, in fact) marks the beginning of Camp NaNo, and the site is now live! Given my inherent allergy to anything over 75F, I’m living like a troll in my basement anyway, so why not spend it bent obsessively over my laptop counting words?
Join me – we can share a cabin!