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Nanowrimo Summer Boot Camp

Nanowrimo lovers don’t have to wait until November to get their writing juices flowing. Camp Nanowrimo in July is now open for business. Billed as “an idyllic writer’s retreat smack dab in the middle of your crazy life,” Camp Nanowrimo may be a major surprise to you. Didn’t know it was on the horizon? Hadn’t been checking in to Nanowrimo? You’re not alone. What’s a writer to do?

Writing Options for Camp Nanowrimo

Well, I figure you have at least two options. Okay, three. The first is that you can grab that annoying idea for a novel that’s been tickling the back of your brain and jump into the fray and begin your July writing mania now. The second is that you just skip the whole thing. Or you can consider this as an opportunity to do a major set-up for November’s writing frenzy. An alternative boot camp, if you will. (You can also use this as a prep for the National 3-Day Writer’s that occurs every Labor Day Weekend–Sept. 3-5, 2011 this year.) The second option is what I’ll be writing about this month.

What Can You Do Today?

The first thing you can do, if you plan to participate, is go to the Camp Nanowrimo website and join. If you’ve participated in Nanowrimo in the past, you can use your ‘Wrimo login. If not just follow the usual registration process. Go to the profile, add any extra info you want and a profile photo and that’s it. You won’t find any forums or buddies on the boot camp site yet; however, you can check things out on the Nanowrimo forums. Next, begin writing or make a plan and work the plan.

Camp Nanowrimo Writing Exercise

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Write now!

If you have an idea for a novel, a good exercise is to cull it down into 1-3 sentences. Ultimately, you’ll want one sentence but for today see if you can write it in three. One good way is to use the 3-act structure and give each act one sentence. Be sure you include the main character and the problem in the first sentence.

Don’t be upset if you end up writing a one page summary or a lengthy paragraph at first. Continue tweaking your idea until you have three active sentences that encapsulate the novel’s three stages.

Let me know how you progress. I’d love to hear thoughts or read about your progress. Also, check-in on the DWP Facebook Fan Page, too. I’ll be posting additional links that you may find helpful as the month progresses.

Links:  Camp Nanwrimo –  Nanowrimo – 3-Day Novel Writing ContestDWP Facebook Fan Page

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