I guess it had to happen some time, and I although I still claim NaNoWriMo is not working for me, I couldn’t resist Marie’s and Myk’s persuation, so I’ve signed up for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. What finally convinced me, were the more relaxed rules of the Camp, allowing to pick one’s word count and not limiting the choice to a novel. Of course, I could just insert 31 000 words as my goal to match the 1000 words daily I write for the 365k Club challenge, but that would feel like cheating, so instead I decided to take advantage of Camp’s rules that allow to pick editing instead of writing.
If you follow my “A Month of Writing” posts you know that I struggle to find time for editing, and as I’ve just finished my fantasy novel, the Camp is a perfect opportunity to add the editing routine to my writing life. I plan on taking it easy, so it will be 1 hour of editing which according to the rule equals 1000 words written.
Camp NaNoWriMo is also about encouraging each other, so writers are assigned to “cabins”, and I’m lucky to have been invited to the one full of fun people. We dubbed ourselves “Cabin in the Words”, and if you want a taste of our successes, failures, and general weirdness, feel free to check the #CabinInTheWords hashtag on Twitter and join in the conversations. Of course, we won’t show up there at all, being too busy with our projects … whom am I kidding? Procrastination is most writers’ middle name.
I look forward to the additional challenge and to the cabin interaction. And—believe it or not—I actually feel excited about editing my novel. With the 365k Club and Camp NaNoWriMo on my plate, I’m bound to have an interesting summer.
How about your writerly plans for the summer months?
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.