NaNoWriMo vs. NaNoWriAny?

The folks over at The Office of Letters and Light (the non-profit that runs Script Frenzy and National Novel Writing Month) have come out with a new announcement that has me doing a happy dance!

What could this astoundingly astonishing amazing alliteration of an event be?

Starting sometime later this year NaNo is breaking out of it’s November-only chains!

Camp NaNoWriMo

Per the website, Camp NaNoWriMo “enables participants to write a novel in a month other than November”.

They are keeping the details mum for now (although the blog hints that this might be a bi-yearly or quarterly event) but it we look at the broadest possible definition– we could be able to do a NaNo any month we feel like it. Which means if one was insane enough, one could write a 50,000 word novel every month for a year. (For NaNo’s very loose definition of ‘novel’).

The Good

It’s the fun wild ride of NaNo any time you want! The comradery, the bursts of inspiration, the plot wrangling and wild tangents normally reserved for November are free to roam the other months.

You’ll have more time to perfect the art of the 1,667 day. Time to tweak your writing times and styles, matching your patterns up to your muses (steady flow vs heavy weekends & light weekdays, early morning vs after dinner) without ‘wasting’ your yearly attempt.

Plus it will be a great way to keep the Muses on track. Hit an idea that would work great as a NaNo novel? Now you don’t have to wait another year or drop everything and start over– just roll the idea over for next month’s fodder.

The Bad

But it also means if you throw in the towel you don’t have to wait a year to try again. They may have increased the carrots, but they’ve also devalued the stick.

NaNoWriMo is fun because it’s an extreme change from the everyday. You write as much as you can as fast as you can. You write in the mornings and at lunch and in the evening. You write on weekends and holidays and every spare moment in the endless drive to make word count.

Social life becomes null, other hobbies fall to the wayside, blogs don’t get blogged, carpets don’t get vacuumed and then thing you know you’re drowning in dog fuzz and plot bunnies.

That isn’t something you can do every day– at least not with the same mad intensity that a once a year NaNo brings. If we’re going to do this, we’re going to have to find a new way to make it work.

The Future

I’m not sure what lies ahead for Camp NaNoWriMo, but I can’t wait to find out!

And I’m still doing NaNo in November… it’s tradition! 😀