You probably know about NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) that comes around every November. During the month, participants do their best to write a 50,000 word novel. As a non-novelist (at least for now) I’ve never been tempted to do NANO, but my friend, Jessica Macbeth (author of the Faeries Oracle) invited me to join her at Camp NANOWRIMO in July. And so I am.
The cool thing about the Camp is that it doesn’t have to be a novel; in fact there are a few guidelines for how to count non-novel writing things like editing and research and graphic novels. For example, one hour of editing/research counts as 1,000 words. Also, unlike the November event, at the Camp you can select your own word goal, beginning at as little as 10,000.
Jessica will be working on a book she started last November and I will be working on a series of essays that I hope to (eventually) use in a photo-essay book. [oh-oh] Now I’m not totally sure. Thank goodness I have til July 1! I’ve set 30K words as my goal because I can’t write essays as fast as I can my normal work. But who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself.
I’ll be posting daily word counts here on the blog sidebar – so cheer me on or . . . . .