Tuesday, June 30, 2015

That's A Mouthful: Camp NaNoWriMo

Everyone has stories to tell.  Narratives locked inside minds.  Words itching to escape through fingertips.  The prospect of writing it all down, though, can be daunting.  Some people never get around to telling their stories, because the time and energy required to craft a novel seem like insurmountable obstacles.  Clearly, these people have never heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

NaNoWriMo is "a fun seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing” that takes place every November.  Between 12:01 a.m. November 1st and 11:59 p.m. November 30th, the goal is to finish a 50,000-word draft of a novel.  Impossible, right?  Actually, with the organization’s network of online support and helpful tools, it is a goal within reach of most people (provided they work well under pressure).  Take a look at this helpful step-by-step guide to see how the process works.

National Novel Writing Month is in November, though.  Why are we talking about it at the end of June?  Because Camp NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo's laid-back cousin, starts July 1st and runs until the end of the month.  Promoted as “an idyllic writers retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life," CampNaNoWriMo is focused on more than just novels, welcoming projects that range from one thousand to one million words long.

While not an official sponsor of Camp NaNoWriMo or NaNoWriMo’s Come Write In project, the TWU Libraries do have plenty of space available, on all three campuses, for writers who need a quiet place to hammer out that masterpiece.  The Denton and Dallas libraries have study rooms you can reserve online (make sure to create an account first), and the Houston ARC has study rooms available on a first come, first served basis.

Sometimes a deadline is all you need to get that story in your head onto paper.  If this appeals to you, why not sign up?

Who knows?  One day your novel could make it into the TWU Libraries’ collections!

~Jason Mims

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