NaNoWriMo 2021

It’s mid-October, so naturally my mind has turned to this year’s NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words over 30 days just for the fun of it!

And, when I signed into the website to announce my project for 2021, I realised that this year will be the tenth time I’ve participated in the challenge. Woohoo!

So what am I working on this year? There is always a part of me that wants to start a new writing project for NaNo. I can’t help it. I’m a serial starter, who suffers severely from an over-abundance of inspiration. Yes, I want to write ALL the stories. But…I know I can’t start another story when I have so many WIPs. Sigh.

For the past two NaNo’s I have turned my attention to completing projects (or, at the very least, making progress on on-going projects), and this year will be no different. Here’s the project summary I uploaded to the site, along with this year’s project front cover:

I’ve a list of half-finished projects that I want to complete…some are short stories, some are collections of flash fiction, poetry and short stories, whilst others are novels and novellas…my aim is finish some of them…as many as I can over the course of November.

My one rule: not to move on to the next project until I’ve finished the one I’ve been working on.

The first step…to decide which projects I’ll be adding to my short list 🙂

No edited words will be counted towards my total word count, only new words written in November. That should give me the opportunity to finish a handful of projects – I hope!

So, over the next few days, I’m going to be working on this short list. But…I have decided that, because this will be my third NaNo in a row where I try and wrap up projects, next year I will rewards myself with being able to start something new. Yay! I’m excited already!

Are you doing NaNo this year? If yes, what are you working on? You can find my NaNo profile by searching for “Sammi Cox” under the “Find Buddies” section of the site. Then we can be buddies 😀

Another NaNo question: groups. I’ve yet to join in / participate with any groups over on the NaNo site (except for the private cabin our little wordpress-based writing group had a few years ago – Go Plot Bunnies!). What are your thoughts on these groups? Do you find them helpful and supportive – or not? Or have you yet to join a group? Maybe you don’t want to, don’t have time for one, or haven’t find the right one…I would love to hear your views.

Writing Groups and Camp NaNoWriMo

Recently I have thought about joining a writing group, believing it to be a great way to improve my writing as well as teaching me how to take criticism without getting over-sensitive about it.  I spent a little time looking around online but struggled to find one that I felt my writing and I would fit nicely into.

I had thought to post a ‘wanted’ ad of sorts on here to see if anyone could point me in the right direction and failing that seeing if there was enough interest to begin our own.  However,  I was a little worried; I currently don’t have the free time to run one alone at the moment, although I would have been happy to chip in…but you can’t really tell someone else to start a group just so you can have your own way, can you?

And then the email came through from NaNoWriMo about CampNaNoWriMo.

I have participated in the November challenge for the past two years and learnt a lot about myself and my writing in the process.  However, I had never looked into Camp before.  So I did a little research to see what it was all about and how it differed from the November event, before deciding “hey, why not give it ago?”  The idea of the cabins sounds great to me at this point in time.  And although it won’t necessary fulfil my need for a writing group or writing circle, it might go some way to provide a short term solution.  And who knows, I might meet some great people and great writers…

So, all I have to do now is decide what I am going to work on, update my camper info, novel info and finally cabin settings and away we go!

Anyone else participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in July?  Have you done it before?  Did you find the cabins and other campers helpful or more of a distraction?

Anyone else in a writing group or circle?  Has it helped your writing?  What are your thoughts on online writing groups?