It’s the start of the Easter long weekend in Australia, traditionally a time dedicated to fun, family, friends and filling yourself with chocolate. If you have your Easter weekend planned, then good for you. Enjoy! If not, perhaps you could use the long weekend to start a new writing project. Or maybe you can make some progress on your current work in progress (WIP). Do you need some extra motivation? Check out Camp NaNoWriMo. You may already be familiar with National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as “NaNoWriMo” for short). Every November, writers all over the world attempt to draft a 50,000 word novel. It’s a little bit crazy, pretty hectic and a lot of fun! Last year a group of writers from Outback Writers’ Centre joined NaNoWriMo. Some of us had participated in NaNoWriMo before, for some it was their first time attempting to write so many words on one piece, and for others it was the first time they had ever contemplated writing a novel. Bonds were formed as we sat together, clacking on our keyboards and slurping beverages while words and new worlds magically appeared from our fingertips. At least one novel was drafted in the time, and a number of other OWC members added significantly to their WIPs. But NaNoWriMo isn’t just for November. Every April and July you can join Camp NaNoWriMo and tackle your creative goal alongside other writers in this supportive global writing community. The key differences between Camp NaNoWriMo and the November challenge are that you can set your own word-count goal (you’re not locked into 50,000 words!), and you can officially tackle any kind of writing project. Novel, poetry, memoir, short story - you name it. If you can write it, you can work on it for Camp NaNoWriMo. To find out more, go to Camp NaNoWriMo. If you like what you see, join the free website, decide on your goal and write away! You’ll find a supportive online community of thousands of writers, all beavering away at their writing projects. Why not give it a go? Have you joined Camp NaNoWriMo this April? What are you working on at the moment? Let us know in the comments. Happy writing!
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