Why CampNaNoWriMo Is Better Than NaNoWriMo

Greetings my friends! Welcome to April, a month full of wonderful celebrations, but one of my favorite things about this month is that it’s CampNaNoWriMo. I’ve participated in many “WriMos” over the last eight years. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo traditionally takes place in November. The challenge is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

I know, right? It’s a lot. I’ve only successfully completed that goal one time, though I have attempted to do so MANY times. CampNaNoWriMo is a much different challenge that takes place during April and July. For those months, the challenges are customizable. You can choose how many words, pages, etc. you want to write in 30 days.

All of the challenges are run by the NaNoWriMo organization and I absolutely have pure LOVE for them. However, CampNaNoWriMo just works better for me. I admire writers that are able to churn out 50,000 words in a month. I also admire writers that churn out 10,000 a month or even less. For me, it’s all about cultivating the habit of daily writing and making progress. As we all know, most of the time, writing anything doesn’t start and end in a month. It’s a journey.

This month I’m happy to report that I’ve set a goal of writing 500 words a day. That’s 15,000 in total. I’m feeling really good about that goal. I think I’ve come up with a solution to the bit of writer’s block/anxiety I was having with this new novel, which I am now calling, “Project M,” until an official title comes to me. Here’s a little aesthetic collage I made to inspire me:

I’m already grateful for CampNaNoWriMo’s existence two days in. I love knowing that there are tons of writers out there writing along with me every single day.

Do month long challenges work for your writing process? Do you prefer CampNaNoWriMo over NaNoWriMo too?

Let me know on Twitter or Instagram @AWritersWay.

Thanks for reading. Meet me here next week for more rambles and such.

-Christine

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