Making the Switch to Camp NaNoWriMo

The difference Worked for me

As I state in my profile I did NaNoWriMo many times. I won it 4 times. Back then I could type with both hands. Now that I can’t, I can no longer win it.

Something had to change. Camp NaNoWriMo is that change.

Chose Your Format

A 50 K novel in a month is difficult for you (it is for me)? Try a short story instead (I did). Or. write a new draft of a project you already did. If it gets you writing, it’s a good thing.

Pick Your Word Count Goal

Again, 50 K seems too much? Try for something smaller. Short stories can be 10 K or less. Novellas are longer, but still less than a novel.

Maybe you’re editing a previously written project. For that you might have a goal of the number of hours that you spend on it, not a word goal. That’s fine too.

Another Plus

One of the things that I like about the Camp is that the one in July has 1 whole day more. The extra day of writing helps me to achieve my goal.

You Can Change Your Target

If your word goal can’t be within reach, you can change it. Last year I was too late to do that, and I didn’t make my goal.

This year, I could change that goal, and I made it. I still wrote more than my final goal, so I didn’t have a cheater win.


The Camp version isn’t as stringent as regular NaNoWriMo, as it is meant as a less strict time of year, but for us determined types, still a good thing.

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