Heading Upta Camp

April 1st is right around the corner, which means it’s about time for me to head upta camp (Name! That! Reference!)…

Camp NaNoWriMo, that is.

Camp NaNoWriMo, for anyone unfamiliar with this event, happens twice a year: April and July. It’s part of the NaNoWriMo organization but is different from its November counterpart in a few ways. Camp events offer participants more flexibility with their goals. You can set your word count goal to anything at all that you want. 50k, 10k, 100k. Whatever. You can also work on an already existing novel without labeling yourself a ‘rebel’. They even offer a couple of different tracks for people writing memoirs or people trying to finish those already existing projects. They even allow participants to set editing goals.

Which is what I’ll be working on next month.

I’ve participated in Camp NaNoWriMo many years, but this will be the first year where I have set an editing goal. I have no idea how it’s going to work, or even if it will work, or if it’s a remotely obtainable goal for me.

Also adding to the unknown this session is the fact that my significant other and I have some family and friends coming to visit in early April, so I won’t really be able to give Camp NaNoWriMo my full attention (or as close to my full attention as anything gets these days, anyway…) until about halfway through the month.

So I could be setting myself up to fail. I really don’t know. It’s an experiment, and it doesn’t really matter how it goes. Either way, I would be working on editing Full Circle, so I figured why the hell not give it a shot.

So, stayed tuned, I guess, for editing and Camp updates.

Provided I have some.

Hey—it could happen.

That’s going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. It’s always appreciated.

Stay safe and well, all.

16 Commentsto Heading Upta Camp

  1. Maybe approaching it like an experiment will take some of the pressure off? No matter the actual results, you’ll have learned something from the experience. Good luck!

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      I am not feeling any pressure whatsoever, so maybe that’s why? I’ve been more, “Well, let’s just see how far I get.”

      So far, anyway…We’ll also see if that lasts. 🙂

  2. Failing won’t happen. Anything you do on your manuscript will be a step forward. What is it with April anyway? There’s the NaNo and the AtoZ! What a writing frenzy for the month.

  3. Kate says:

    Well, you won’t get there if you don’t try. Good luck with the ending. I’m sure you can do it.

  4. J E Oneil says:

    It’s smart to keep trying different things. Though any progress will probably be curtailed by visiting relatives…

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      It will most definitely be curtailed. In fact, I don’t expect to make any progress until the first and second waves of visitors. There’s almost a day and a half between them, so I’ll have to clean fast and get to work. 🙂

  5. Liz A. says:

    Funny that they do that in April and July. Those are both the same month, basically. (Don’t believe me? What day of the week is April 4th? What day of the week is the 4th of July? The same!) The only difference is July 31st, of which April does not have.

    Good luck.

  6. Chrys Fey says:

    I did rewrites during a CampNaNo session but not editing. You’ll have to let me know how that goes and how you did it (how it works for NaNo).

    I won’t be participating in April. Probably not in July, either. At this point, November is a big shrug.

    • M.J. Fifield says:

      The only reason I’m doing Camp in any form this month or July is the ML thing. I imagine I’ll be editing for July, too, because…well, come on. Of course I won’t be done. November’s a big shrug for me, too, right now. I’ll have to see where I’m at when it closer.

  7. joylene says:

    Your efforts won’t be in vain, MJ. I have never believed that. Best of success to you. And with the ending. I struggled with the ending of my WIP for almost 2 years. Stubbornness always pays off.

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