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It’s that time of year again, the first of many writing challenges for the year. I usually do four a year, though sometimes I do less. I know there are some other ones out there, but my focus is on both CampNaNos, JuNoWriMo, and the official NaNo. CampNaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo are held by the same folks, though the volunteers change I do believe, and are held April, July, and November respectively. JuNoWriMo is held every June, started by Becca Campbell (@beccajcampbell on Twitter) and I do behind the scenes stuff for them while working on my writing. Keeps me involved in the writing community. Camp NaNo allows you to choose your goals, so you can write however much you need or want. JuNoWriMo and NaNo are 50,000-word sprints to the finish.
Apparently, there is also a JulNoWriMo, but I personally do CampNaNo in July. JulNoWriMo is another 50,000-word challenge if July works better for you.
Want to sign up for these writing challenges?
I do have to say that my CampNaNo isn’t going well this year at all – April is quickly becoming a busy month. All my Mondays and Tuesdays are full, and some of the other days are too throughout the month. And it’s still early in the month! So I lowered my already low goal, 5,000 words on House Of Dolls, to only 1,000 words for now. I may still make 5,000 words, but depending on how my month goes, I don’t want that kind of pressure.
Writing challenges can be fun, especially if you have a support team. I usually team up with either various Facebook friends, or friends from my favorite writing forum Absolute Write. I don’t get to pop in there as often as I would like, but it is definitely the only writing forum I recommend. Many of the others are plagued with drama in my eyes, and I really don’t need drama in my writing life. The last thing anyone needs is drama when they’re trying to be creative! What forums do you enjoy?
But I digress…writing challenges. They’re really good for people who need a kick in the pants and a reason to write – or those who just like a challenge. I always recommend trying a few out to see how they feel to you, especially as they come in two “flavors” – pick your own goal or 50,000 words.
Which do you prefer and why? Let me know in the comments!