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Camp NaNoWriMo

To everyone starting Camp Nano today, good luck!   Is anyone doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year?

I've attempted NaNoWriMo twice now.  I won my first year, and didn't come close last year.  (I actually gave up around day five.  It just wasn't going to happen.)  I love the competing aspect of NaNo, because I'm a competitive little thing at heart.  I love typing in my word count each day.  The progress bar graph is my most viewed page during the month.  Being ahead fills my heart with glee (and doesn't happen very often).  The bad part?  November is the second busiest month of my year.  (December is the busiest. You were desperately curious to know that, weren't you?)  Every single aspect of my life--home, school, work--takes on this frantic last-minute quality in November and adding a frantic no-holds-barred writing binge to the mix makes for oh dear dog, so much stress and craziness.  As much as I love it, I have opted to not do NaNo in the future.  For my sanity.  And also for Husband's.

For the past couple of years, June has been my intense writing month, and it works out well since the kids are out of school and Husband's work load is greatly diminished in the summer, and so June is basically a low-stress time around my house.  I am nearly done with what has become a complete rewrite of a book and was scouting around for a summer writing challenge to help me push through the end when I discovered Camp NaNo, which is basically NaNoWriMo in June.  It's still 50K words in a month and has the word count meter and other writers and all the good competitive things I love about NaNo, but you know, in JUNE.  It's like it was made for me.  So I signed up.  

We'll see how it goes.  I'm not aiming for 50K words, just to complete the rewrite.  When I finish it, I'll pick up another story and write it.  If I hit the 50K goal, great.  If not, that's ok, too.  

Let me know if you are participating.  I'm a good cheerleader. 

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