Reminders to Everyone Writing for Camp NaNo:
- Your book is going to suck. But…
- It’s perfectly okay that it’s gonna suck—that’s the point. Because…
- It’s making progress on a story that matters, not the words. And…
- You can edit and revise and polish to your heart’s content after July ends. Just…
- Don’t edit during NaNo. Free those words. Let them come out however they want. They will be ugly. They will be uncertain. Many will be nonsensical. But…
- Your story is not going to be perfect the first time around, no matter how you write it. And that’s okay. Hell, it’s more than okay. At the end of Camp NaNo, you’re going to have a complete draft of a story, and that’s fan-flipping-tastic, no matter how you look at it. Yes, it will need a shit-ton of editing. But that little idea in your head will be a real-true manuscript, and that’s amazing.
- So when you start writing on July 1st, and your inner editor is sobbing and screeching like a banshee, just remember to tell all those editing urges to:
Telling Non-Writers Friends about NaNo
- Me: Happily writes 2,000+ words a day during NaNoWriMo.
- Me: Grumbles and complains about writing up to 500 words a day for dissertation.
tristachio said: What does it mean by "Cabin-ing" up for Novembers month of writing? I want to participate this year and this idea intrigues me but I don't fully understand what it means.
I think there is a misconception out here that we need to correct.
Cabins are only a function for Camp NaNo, which this year are April and July. Cabin-ing with another user for Camp means getting together in a cabin, which is a group of 12 Camp users who share a cabin page and a bulletin board message area.
Cabinmates go through Camp NaNo together, share stats, and chat with the message board. Campers can have Camp NaNoWriMo match them randomly with other campers, ask to be grouped with campers in their age range, word count, or genre, or match up specifically with other campers they know in a new feature for private cabins.
November is when NaNoWriMo proper takes place, and does not have a cabin function. We are searching for a suitable alternative to cabins to use in November, and so far our contenders are:
- Chatzy (which limits us to 10 people a room unless we pay for something bigger)
- TinyChat (which is 18+ and has video chat)
- Skype (which requires everyone interested to download the [free, unless something has changed] client in order to be able to chat with us)
Other suggestions, tumblbuds?