Although it’s the beginning of March, April will be upon us before we know it. To most people, April means spring and flowers and allergies and all that fun stuff. Where I live, we still have about three or so feet of snow covering the ground. Fortunately, it’s finally starting to melt away, teasing us with hints of withered grass just waiting for a hint of sunlight.
To us writers, though, April also means Camp NaNoWriMo! It’s similar to a regular November NaNoWriMo, except a bit more flexible. November’s NaNoWriMo challenges folks to write 50 thousands words of a brand-new story. If you create your own goal (such as, writing a screenplay rather than a novel or challenging yourself to write 25k instead of 50k), then you are considered a “NaNo Rebel” (but you’re definitely still celebrated because, hey, no matter what or how much you are writing, you are writing, and that’s worthy of balloons and champagne just like those 50k-writing novel people).
Camp NaNoWriMo is more geared toward those NaNo Rebels, allowing writers the flexibility to pick what and how much they’re going to write for the month. Want to make 150k words your goal for the month? That’s cool. Want to write poems for the month? That’s cool too.
As per usual, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write for Camp NaNoWriMo. My go-to strategy is to use the month to add on words to current WIPs, usually 25k or so. This year, however, I’m going to stick to the 50k goal, pushing myself to get into a better writing habit. I’ve done 50k in a month with the November NaNo, so I know I can do it for Camp.
I also got a new story idea that I’m saving for Camp. I spontaneously came up with the idea yesterday while driving back home from… I don’t even remember where I had been coming from. Nevertheless, I had a fairly concrete idea, an idea that had formed enough in my mind for me to actually fill out the synopsis section of my Camper profile:
Kurt is an NPC, a non-playable character, in the new massive multiplayer online role-playing game “Dragon Tamer.” He was created specifically to help the game moderators and the new players stay safe while enforcing the rules. It’s a good life for him, one that he enjoys, especially when real players — such as the moderator he knows only as Animus — don’t treat him as just an NPC.
Then the Hackers invaded. Not only is Kurt’s very existence threatened, the very identities of the real players are in trouble. Kurt wants to help, but what can a non-playable character like him do to solve a real world problem?
I’m excited about this novel and wish for April to come sooner rather than later so I can work on it. In the meantime, I’ll probably do preliminary stuff, background info, maybe some sort of an outline for the story, before April 1.