Virtual Camping for Writers

Camp-2017-Participant-Facebook-CoverI live in a rural area in North Carolina; networking with writers involves driving to the next two larger towns or even the next county.

So, for the month of July, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo, a virtual writing community that encourages writing 50,000 words in 31 days. The venture is sponsored by the same folks who put on National Novel Writing Month every November. It’s free and anyone can join a virtual cabin at www.campnanowrimo.org. You write where you are, without physically going anywhere.

I’m in a virtual cabin led by a Virginia writer who created a closed Facebook group for easier reporting in each day.

I only wrote 800 words on my first day, but it is 800 more words that I would have without the accountability.

In addition, I’m hosting weekly write-ins at a coffee shop, Grapes & Grounds, 135 S Third Street in Smithfield, NC, every Thursday in July from 4 to 6 pm (July 6, 13, 20 and 27). I met several wonderful local writers doing this last November during the regular NaNoWriMo. One has since moved to South Carolina. The other raises pigs and goats on a Pine Level farm, and is writing and illustrating a children’s book. If you’re local, join me at Grapes & Grounds on Thursdays.

Otherwise, I wish you virtual success at Camp NaNoWriMo!