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Summer Camp

Hello friends!  I am 2/3 of the way through my remaining critique and haven't added any words to The Neif yet.  I'm happy with this progress, after all I have until the 15th to finish my critiques.

But I'm ready to be writing again, and I think I might need something to help me power through the summer and finish my first draft of The Neif.  I need something like the NaNo that helped me put 50,000 words on paper.  Fortunately, such a thing exists.

NaNoWriMo is run by the Office of Letters and Light,  which also runs a number of other programs for writers of all ages.  One of these is Camp NaNoWriMo.  This is a more flexible form of NaNo in that "campers" can create their own word count goal and only have to write 50k words in the month if they want to.  There are also no regional groups.  Campers are assigned to cabins of twelve either randomly, with writers that are close to their age or similar to their writing, or can specifically request to be placed in a cabin with a camper or campers that they know. Or they can opt out of cabins and go it solo. This year Camp starts on July 1st and cabin assignments are made next week.

I'll be doing Camp NaNoWriMo this July.  I'll be working on The Neif before July 1st, but I want to take advantage of the motivation and elation camp can bring.  Anyone want to write with me? Send me your username and add username chimera116 to your cabin-mates preference list.  See you at camp!


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