This week marks the beginning of the first National Novel Writing Month of the year hosted by Camp NaNoWriMo. For those who do not know of the NaNoWriMo, it’s a competition which is hosted in November and their goal is for writers to achieve a 50,000 word draft in those thirty days. For people who succeed in the month win writer friendly prizes. You may be wondering if that is in November what is this? Camp NaNoWriMo is based upon an identical premise and run by the same organisation, however they realise that November may be inconvenient for some people for whatever reason and 50,000 words is a lot. What they have done is create two additional months which start in April and July, and you set your own word count for the month.
There are a couple of things you should know about Camp NanNoWriMo before you begin and do not worry, they are not scary things but information that will solidify your resolve to get started! For instance:
- There are no entry fees. This system is absolutely free! NanNoWriMo is a not-for-profit organisation which runs strictly on donations.
- Anyone can participate in NanNoWriMo as long as they are over 13 years old and it does not matter what genre you are writing about.
- You can win NanNoWriMo by hitting whatever target you set, be that 10,000 to 1 million words. There is no limit on the amount of people who can win and there are still prizes for participating despite not hitting your target.
- Your documents are protected! No human other than yourself actually reads it. You prepare your work on whichever word processor you use on your own computer.
- To validate your word count at the end of the month you have to click “validate your word count to win” under the tent on the homepage, copy the entire manuscript into the box and tap “validate”. Do not be scared, it runs through an automated system to count your words and then the document is deleted for your legal protection.
- Once you have created an author profile with a synopsis of your story, you have perks such as the Cabin. This is an online support group comprising of 11 fellow campers who have the same preferences as you. These preferences are questions asked when you sigh up. In the group you will support each other in your writing endeavours, but you don’t have to share your works if you don’t want to.
- What is still cool, but generally for the November NanNoWriMo, is the fact that there are writers groups in your local area run by fellow NanNoWriMo writers.
- All winners get 50% of the purchase price of Scrivener AND all participants get 20% off. If you don’t know what Scrivener is, it is a word processor which many authors use which keeps all information together as well as notes, images and Webb clippings.
- 25% off Storyist for Mac. It is similar to Scrivener but is only available for the MacBook computers.
- All winners get 40% off the original price of Aeon Timeline, while participants are eligible for a 20% reduction in price. This is an online organisational tool which writers can utilise to keep their ideas in order.
- 10% off writing classes at the Gotham Writers Workshop! This prize is amazing! I have heard so many wonderful reviews about this organisation and in particular the online courses.
- 50% off RescueTimes. This is a tool which you download onto your compute which tracks how much you procrastinate on your writing and then provides useful tips to keep you on track. That sounds like a really great idea!
- All participants get various discounts with Inked Voices which is a writer’s platform which sets you up in a mixed genre writers group.
Lastly, I would like to say that I am extremely envious of all you wonderful writers who are taking part. I want to wish you all the best of luck and I know your story will be one of a kind! Once the month is over I would absolutely love to see your comments on how you went and if you achieved your target! Comment in the box below whether you are going to give it a try or if you have done it before, what are your thoughts?