Thursday, March 28, 2013

Marathon Writing: Introduction to Camp NaNoWriMo

I'm about to embark on yet another NaNoWriMo event. For those of you who know NaNo, I can already hear the exasperated sighs and see the hopeful but frantic looks. For anyone who hasn't heard of NaNo, here are the basics:

NaNoWriMo: A month-long writing marathon, where dedicated writers attempt to write at least 50,000 words of their next great novel, auto-biography, or other project.
  • You verify your word count through the event's website, and there are numerous forums, both for support and for distraction.
  • The website has a place for you to enter your daily word count, and track your progress.
  • There are 3 NaNoWriMo events each year. The main one is in November, which is National Novel Writing Month. The other two months are called Camp NaNoWriMo events, and April is one of those this year.

If you want to participate, it's a great way to have some external accountability, to help you write every day. Where's the website? Here:

In case you want to follow my progress on the "Paradise Found" novel, my profile for that site is under the penname "Armaita".

I'll continue to post here throughout the marathon writing NaNo event... though it may just be some notes about writer's block, or excerpts from my writing.

In honor of the upcoming Camp NaNo event, her is a writing prompt. I'll give you a few words, and you need to write as much as you can, including those words. This gets interesting, especially when your story is about a spaceship, and you have to include dolphins, cheese, and ceremonies somehow.

Writing Prompt: Write as much as you can, on any subject and in any setting, but use the following words - shoelaces, driftwood, lamppost.

Have fun, and keep writing!

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