Camp NaNoWriMo

I haven’t been camping since 1992, or before. There are reasons for that which we won’t go into here, but suffice it to say that I’m really not an outdoorsy person. There are snakes out there.

But now I’ve gone and signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo, which isn’t just a night or two of camping out — we’ll be camping the whole entire complete intact month of April. This year. Next month. Only a few days away. A month of camp!

So I’m sitting around tonight, preparing for this camping thing, and I’m scratching my head about what to pack, making sure I can make it with only what I pack for the whole entire complete intact month of April. And thank goodness I came across this video. Absolutely brilliant!

I need that wigwam thing, even if I weren’t heading off to camp next month.

But you know, I think something is amiss. Like maybe my perception of what Camp NaNoWriMo actually is. After all, I have never been there before. NaNoWriMo, for those of you who aren’t in the know, is short for National Novel Writing Month, and this camp is put on by that organization to get writers writing and keep them writing throughout the whole entire complete intact month of April, no matter what your type of writing or genre.

The Camp website describes Camp NaNoWriMo as “An idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” I can go for that. I am a writer, after all. And gee, won’t it be great to hang out with other writers and encourage each other in this gigantic effort we’ve taken on while we sing Kumbaya around the campfireroast marshmallows, and have pillow fights?

So I signed up, and cabins have been assigned – I’m in a cabin with 11 other writers. It’s gonna be fun, and I’m so excited to meet everyone, to get the s’mores going, and to write.

Stay tuned for my periodic reports from camp. Meanwhile, write on, peeps, write on!


2 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo

  1. Hey, I’m doing CampNaNoWriMo, too. I need to login and see what my cabin assignment is. I wrote 50,000 words of a novel last November, and I was going to work on that…but now I’m toying with something different. Anyway, good to see your blog. I’ll be following.


  2. Hi Robert! Thanks for checking in here. And btw, I’m in your cabin. 🙂
    I’ve never done anything NaNoWriMo before (except just beginning with the local writer’s group here) and really have no idea what to do besides write and post my word count. I’m sure I’ll figure it out, though. “See” you Wednesday!


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