Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because We Love NaNo around here

It's April, and that means that there are two big events going on:  NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and Camp NaNoWriMo.

Alex, my most wonderful co-blogger, usually participates in both of these events every year, along with NaNoWriMo that we both do.  What is the benefits, you may ask?  I mean, one book a year is enough.

NaPo and Camp NaNo are actually great alternatives to the November NaNo, especially if you want to get a trial run of what NaNo would be like.  Poetry, while I won't say is EASIER to write, it certainly has a less intense word count associated with it.  It lets you write without having to meet a goal other than, "write one poem a day."

Camp NaNoWriMo is the same way.  The different between Camp and the traditional November push, is that Camp lets you pick your own word goal.  That's right, no 50K mark to hit in April (unless, of course, you absolutely want to.)  You could set a 25K goal or a 30K.  Whatever your comfortable with.

So why all the NaNo encouragement?  Well, our author this week, Rainbow Rowell, actually wrote our book this week, Fangirl, during NaNoWriMo.  She even talked about how liberating NaNo was during her pep talk. So it just goes to show that you never know what can come out of NaNo, weather it be during April when you're testing things out, or during the actual month of November.

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