I have participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for several years but opted out last November because I was in the middle of writing a book I didn’t want to put down for 30 days. The rule of NaNoWriMo is you can’t write a single word until the first day and must try to get to 50,000 words by the last day. Camp NaNoWriMo is the same idea as NaNoWriMo except it’s in July and not in overscheduled November. I just finished a book, so I’m up for a new one. For the month of July I’ll be commenting on my experiences with Camp NaNoWriMo as well as providing a few of my special writing days for others who are also taking part. If you are a writer, established or newbie….or an established newbie, you’re welcome to row your writing canoe along with mine. Here are some days a fellow writer and I made up to mark on the calendar.
July 4- Sparkler Day–After writing your word count today, go back to the first line in your book and work on making it sparkle. It needs to engage the reader and make them want to read the rest of the book.
July 10- Blisters and Splinters Day- Put a fight somewhere in your story
July 14- Burning Marshmallow Day – Make a sweet character burn someone either physically or metaphorically
July 22 – Chiggers and Skeeters Day – Put something in that annoys your main character
July 25- Starry Night Day – Put in something that is beautiful but out of reach
July 27 – Dark and Stormy Night Day – Put in something that is really frightening to your main character
July 31 – Back Home on the Bus Day – Have your main character do something that gives them a time to rest and be at peace