Thursday, 6 March 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo - it ain't no holiday

I'm prepping my gear, setting my sights on the distance peak, and arming myself with a dozen more camp-related puns in readiness for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.

I'm a big fan of this program. The 50K, 47,455K or 13,567K that I churn out in thirty days isn't always top-quality stuff, but they're words. Words I can fix. A blank page is much harder to edit (note: I've also packed a back-breaking amount of understatements and sarcasm - you know, the basic necessities).

Having won for the first time in three years last November (aka reached 50,000), I'm keen to join my fellow writers again, but this time I'm setting my sights a little lower. Kosciusko, rather than Everest.

30,000 words in 30 days. 1,000 words a day.

A necessary adjustment owing to the many distracting things going on in my life right now. In May I fly overseas for an extended working holiday, and planning is still underway. I'll be working, moving house, seeing people before I go, reading friends' new releases... and amongst it all I'll be writing Today Was a Fairytale.

I know you're channeling Taylor Swift right now, but without giving away all of the story's plot points, it's hard to explain how perfect that title is for Ellen and Oliver.

If you'll be NaNo-ing in April, lets talk cabins. I'm a heavy sleeper - tap away on your keyboard until all hours, I won't complain. I can be relied upon for pep talks and obscure references of encouragement, and I love to bake. The latter will become more important as the month wears on.