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Who’s up for Going to Camp?


At Camp NaNo. 🙂

Camp Nano 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month but the NaNo team also holds camps in April and July. Though Camp NaNo is somewhat smaller than November’s hoopla, from what I see in numbers, it has grown considerably since its inception.

The difference between the one held in November and April and July’s Camp is the goal for November is to write a 50,000 word novel, while Camp is open and  allows for more leeway. Open, as in anything goes. You set your own word count goal and it can include any kind of writing–fiction or nonfiction, poetry, blogging, memoir…you get the picture. With camp you’re also placed in virtual cabins with other writers; or not if you so choose.

I loved camping as a child, so I’m beyond thrilled to camp where it involves words and writing! Two of my favorite activities! 🙂

Anyone care to join me?


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Louis L’Amour

27 thoughts on “Who’s up for Going to Camp?”

  1. I’ll do Camp again. I appreciate the opportunity to set a reasonable word count. I’m aiming for 500 wds a day- a straight forward 15,000 which should finish my current project. I’m looking for a good cabin, if you aren’t in one yet. The last few times I’m the only person in the cabin actually writing!


    1. I’m not in a cabin yet, but would definitely be interested in the same as you. I understand it’s possible to request cabin mates? This will be my first Camp (and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it 🙂 ) but I’ve participated in November the past two years. My goal is 1,000 words a day to get a good start on a series I’m beginning.


    2. Hi Shawn! If you haven’t already signed up for a cabin, a few of us, including Rhonda have a private cabin. We’re committed to writing with you every day! My personal goal is higher only because I have a LOT to do. However, we don’t all have to have the
      same personal goal, which is nice. Also, we have room for a few more if there’s someone you want to bring along. Just let me know your username, and I’ll send you an invitation. Happy writing!


  2. I’d love to camp with you! (If we can request cabin mates.) Your goal of 1,000 words a day sounds awesome, and I like the motivation and the accountability is nice too. How do we sign up? Like Shawn said, it’s not much fun if you are the only one writing, and Rhonda, I KNOW you are writing! :0)


    1. Yea! We will have so much fun Marie! 🙂 Cabin assignments I believe are done tomorrow or Wednesday, and as I was looking on the website, we can request private cabins with as many as we want. Just go to and create an account. I’ll work on figuring out the cabins this evening when I get home from work. Unless you beat me to it. haha! 🙂


  3. It looks pretty easy to make a private cabin and send invites for people to join our cabin. We can have up to twelve people…and if we don’t have as many as we want by July first, we can open up the invitation for people to participate by goal..sounds fun! Oh great leader, you would have to send it the invitations… :0)


  4. Saw the NaNo last November. Looked interesting, but no way I could do 50,000 word novel… Don’t even have starting idea. Even the lesser April & July ones scare me. Looks fun, but no idea where to start/ what to write… Plus committing to everyday w/ this crazy house – yipes.


      1. How exactly does the whole camp namowrimo work… I know it’s about writing a novel, but do you have to have your novel already worked out?? How amateur is considered okay? Didn’t seem to find many answers without an account.


      2. Hi Tena:
        Sorry, just got your question. I was away from my computer all day yesterday. Camp NaNo is a more laid back version of the November NaNo. You can chose what you want to write (novel, poetry, memoir, blog posts, etc.) and you can set your own word goal. Some people plan their project, some fly by the seat of their pants. I’m in the middle. 🙂 If you decide you want to do it, your certainly welcome to join our cabin. We’ve set up a private cabin, so you’d just need to get me your “name” once you’ve created your project on the site and we can add you to our cabin. 🙂


      3. Signed up. 10,000 word limit doing (trying) short story romance (and I should add, Extremely Amateur). I’m was randomly placed in a cabin based on settings & preferences… If I were to join yours, I would need to opt out of current correct?!? Haven’t done much with current cabin but intro…. My username is Pioneergirl08.


  5. Yea Tena!! Yes, just opt out of the one you were placed in and we will add you to ours. You will see an invitation and all you have to do is click accept. 🙂


    1. Okay opted out…. Need invite 🙂 user name Pioneergirl08. Where does the invite show up?? Under “camper messages”… Hope you don’t mind an amateur newby in your midst.


  6. We are thrilled to have you in our cabin! 🙂 Marie sent you he invite so all you need to do is go to to Community and then My Cabin. If you don’t see it there let me know.

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    1. Got invite (as you probably saw by now)… Thank You So far the only name I recognizes from here is writingwingsforyou. I know your there too Rhonda… Not sure who everyone else is.

      Who us out cabin admin or leader? Would that be Marie?


  7. The cabin admin person is Marie, yes. 🙂 Johnna and Michelle are two women I work with, and Shawn is a woman I met on my blog. All amazing and special people! 🙂 You fit right in! 🙂


  8. With all going on plus writing for camp, email & blog has been shoved to wayside.

    Thank you does seem like nice group 🙂

    So who’s who in the cabin and who’s who on WordPress?


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