Two of the main components of Adventure are exploration and discovery. In school we're given plenty of opportunities for this, but out in Adult Land, if we have a thirst for knowledge or a general curiosity for life, we often have to explore and discover on our own.
NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month) is the perfect way to stretch yourself by diving into a writing project. NaNoWriMo OG is very specific when it comes to setting a goal. Decide what novel you're going to write (any genre), declare it to the world, then write 50,000 words in 30 days to be declared a winner. Yay! They even have fun badges you can earn along the way like Word Sprinter or Wrimo Spirit for various achievements.
A NaNo alternative, and the reason why we're so excited about it today, is Camp NaNoWriMo. Described simultaneously as a "virtual writer's retreat designed for maximum creativity" and an "idyllic writers retreat smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life", Camp NaNoWriMo is a more laid back challenge. You can write a novel, a screenplay, a short story, or a poem and set a word goal from 30 words to a million words! What makes Camp extra fun is that you get to join a cabin with up to 19 other campers who will share their experiences, field questions, and provide practical and moral support and encouragement. You even get a camp counselor!
The NaNoWriMo method of 50,000 words in 30 days can be incredibly motivating. Many participants find that the competition aspect leaves little time for fussing, second-guessing, or over-working. If you're going to reach the end, you just have to keep writing. No stopping, no over-thinking, no procrastinating. You write for 30 days and, at the end, you have a raw, unadulterated novel to call your very own. What you choose to do with it after that is up to you, but whatever you choose to do, you will hold the title of NaNoWriMo Winner forever and evermore.
Check out Camp NaNoWriMo here: www.campnanowrimo.org
Sessions are FREE and run April 1-30 and July 1-31
The Official National Novel Writing Month takes place every November