April 2023 NaNoWrimo

April is upon us once again and the NaNoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month) non-profit organization is encouraging people to enroll in its April writing camp which runs from April 1-30, 2023. It’s like a continuing education course with videos and links to resources, but it’s self-study style. At the end there are prizes given out by sponsors to people who have reached their goal.

Taking part in this April writing camp is free, however, the hardest part is committing yourself to write 50,000 words (or a smaller or bigger goal) by the end of the month. It is a test in perseverance to reach this goal because there are days when your head is blank but you need to pick up the shard of the last sentence to continue on. Also, there is no time to edit. I don’t understand people who claim they publish books immediately after this because so much editing is needed after a rush writing camp!

Regardless, having a goal tracker of words and “digital” badge awards will hopefully help me reach my goal of finishing another book. Every time I participate, I write about half of a book and will sit down for another few months to finish it. It’s been a while since I participated in this, so I’m a bit rusty!

For those interested in jump starting a book project in whatever style or genre you wish, visit NaNoWrimo at their site here: https://nanowrimo.org/