No. This isn’t an April fool’s joke. I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo 2019.
Last November I took part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and wrote 50000 words in thirty days. Camp NaNoWriMo works along the same lines. The main differences are that it takes place in April, you are placed in cabins with other writers and the rules for completion aren’t as strict.
Because of this last point I’m only writing 40,000 words this month which combined with the previous 50000 should put me at 90017 words (or there abouts). The reason I’m only doing 40,000 words this month is because, for the last week of April, I’m going on a Writing Retreat.
Similar to last year I will be spending a week on the south coast of England working on a writing project. This project isn’t the manuscript from NaNoWriMo (which I’m hoping to see finished by 2021/2022) but a screenplay for the BBC’s Writer’s room. Although I mostly write novels and short stories I also love screenplays and I’ve wanted to start work on this script for just over two years. I think that a week away is the perfect time to rattle out a first draft.
I’ll be posting updates on my Facebook Writer’s page (which you can reach by clicking anywhere in this sentence) of my process in Camp NaNoWriMo throughout April. If you’re also taking part, let me know and we can cheer each other on.
Best of luck to the other competitors.