When you hear the word ‘camp’ a few different things probably come to mind. Images of gathering around a blazing camp fire as you make smores and hot dogs, sleeping in sleeping bags under the starry night sky, spending a summer away from home and in the company of the great outdoors- are just a few of the many things that your automatically associate with camp. And even though those are, of course, camp related, well- it is not quite what we are talking about here.
Here at BSCKids we are all about pop culture on many different mediums and platforms; from anime, animated series, live-action series, films and the list goes on for seemingly ages. At this point you probably are thinking that I have officially lost it and this makes no sense. But there is a point to be made, no matter what medium(s) of pop culture you follow there is one common factor present; it has to start somewhere. More specifically generally with some type of writing and story-telling.
Inspiration is truly everywhere.
Everything has to start somewhere, that first spark of inspiration that can form and shape into something more than it was. Even though the process varies based on various factors, but they all have to start somewhere.
It is often said that everyone has at least one story in them, a tale they only they can wave and tell. Sometimes all it takes to grab ahold of that stray idea floating around at the back of your mind and see what it can become is a bit of a push. That is something NaNoWriMo does through its sessions.
Ever since NaNoWriMo’s (National Novel Writing Month) start back in 1999 writers from all over the globe have united to take part in celebrating the month of novel writing; thirty days and nights filled with nothing but writing, writing, writing- did I mention writing? During the November session the goal is for writes who enlist to produce a fifty-thousand word work of fiction or non-fiction of their choosing. (The typically size for a novel.) And yes, it is daunting of a feat as it sounds…if not more so. It is a crazy, often stressful time- but very rewarding even if you do not end the affair with a victory.
But if you have noted I specifically mentioned sessions, as there is not just the large November set celebration. In order to help writers continue to get into a mind-set of writing, and even serve as prep and practice for the big NaNo, there are two other sessions known as Camp NaNoWriMo.
Camp NaNoWriMo bares a great deal of similarities as their November counterpart, as the heart of it all is writing and getting (and often keeping!) writers writing. However, Camp- set during April and July- in a manor are much more lax. Yes you still have to write and keep up your daily word-count, but Camp allows you to set the word-count. If you are not feeling game to pen a fifty-thousand word work you can lower your word-count or even higher it if need be.
There is a lot I can say about both Camp and standard NaNoWriMo, because there is a lot to them. It really is a great thing as it gives writers more incentive- that is sometimes needed- to write, but to bring people across the globe together under a common ground. Even though I (being me) often find myself putting pressure on myself during the sessions, I do always look forward to being able to do this. To go and just give everything I have to my stories and characters as I focus heavily on them for an entire month and find myself lost in the tale. A small piece of heaven in a sense.
Even if you are not a writer I still urge you to at least head over to their site, link will be provided, and give it a glance. You do have to be thirteen to sign-up for both Camp NaNo and NaNoWriMo, but even if you are not old enough to officially take part in the event I still urge you to go and join in with your own writing. Craft your own story, it can whatever you want it to be. Crossover Inside Out with Power Rangers, it does not matter what you write. The only thing that does matter is writing, and that you are dreaming out-loud yourselves.
Camp NaNoWriMo is going on now, and it is not too late to join!
Join the conversation; have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo?
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