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March 17, 2014

NaNoWriMo: Camp Style

    Do you love writing?  Do you have a story in you?  Want a fun challenge to push yourself to finally put words to page?

    Enter Camp NaNoWriMo!

Image from CampNaNoWriMo.org


    If you are familiar with NaNoWriMo, then I won't have to remind you about what an exciting, unhinged literary adventure it can be.

    I won't have to tell you about all the support you have access to when hundreds of thousands of other people are embarking on the same challenge.

    You will already know about how awesome it is to see at the end of the month that you have written more than you ever expected to write in a month.

    For those who don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel draft in 30 days.  It occurs every November and you can check it out at their official web site NaNoWriMo.org.

    If November is too far away, too busy, or you are just crazy like me and want to do this kind of thing more than once a year, there is Camp NaNoWriMo.

    This off season version of the challenge is less formal and spiced with a fun camp theme.  You can write to a goal of anywhere between 10,000 and one million words.  You can also work on something other than a novel.

    Sign up as soon as possible to see which cabin you get placed in.  Cabins are a small on site community where you can share your trials and successes with other participants, campers as they are called.  Following in the theme of camp, these smaller more intimate groups are great for making new creative writing friends.

    If you are interested check out the site for more details today and at the stroke of midnight on April first start writing your way to a first draft.  Camp NaNoWriMo

Writing Exercise: Color and Haiku


    This week, for the writing exercise, choose one basic color.  Think of or look up some of the different hues and shades of the color.  In a haiku use the words for two different versions of the color you choose.

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