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If you aren’t aware, November hails a time to take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in thirty days. The challenge is called, National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short.

Often people either don’t finish their novel project in that time, want to work on editing that project or start a new project. But lack of a catalyst to continue working on these goals after the November rush often leaves people waiting till the next November.

No need to wait so long. Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo.



The format for Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit less restrictive in many ways over the sister event in November. Some steps to know:

  • Head out to the web site and sign up.
  • Set a camp goal. It could be almost anything.
  • Join a Cabin under the Edit Cabin Settings.

A Cabin is a public or private group of up to eleven(11) other fellow campers (12 of you total) who connect online for encouragement, accountability, or to simply shoot the breeze. You can start your own cabin with some friends (I’m in a private cabin with three of my teens) or you could let the system randomly assign you a cabin with other writers who have similar demographics and/or goals.

  • Next step is to prepare what you are going to write.
  • Last step is when April 1st arrives, start writing!!

My kids participated in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writer’s Program in November, which had a separate site than the main NaNoWriMo. They could not use that login for Camp, but had to create new accounts. I thought I was able to use my NaNoWriMo site login for Camp login. It has been a couple years since I did this, so I don’t exactly remember.

If you are interested and have not done this challenge before, then head over and check out the FAQ. This is a fun challenge where you put the internal editor on hold and type, type, type (some people write long-hand and transcribe later).

If participating helps you write more, then it’s not too late. Sign up and keep writing!