Camp NaNoWriMo – a summer writer’s retreat

Hey Germs!  I’m a huge fan of National Novel Writing Month – or NaNoWriMo.  I’ve participated the past four years and won in 2013.  I’m already thinking of what sort of novel I want to write for November 2014.  I’ve been aware of Camp NaNoWrimo for the past couple years as well.  Apparently I log in every year, because I have in-site emails for Camp NaNoWriMo for the past three years!  I’ve never done Camp NaNo before, though.

Honestly?  I wasn’t sure what the difference was and since I already dedicated one month of my life to pounding out 50,000 words in 30 days I didn’t pay Camp much mind.

After looking more into Camp NaNo, well, it sounds really cool!  Unlike the November NaNoWriMo, you get to set your own writing goal for Camp.  Anything from 10,000-999,999 words.  That means you can tailor your experience to your lifestyle.  One of the coolest features is that you’re sorted into cabins.  You can be paired with up to five writers you know already plus six new creative partners.  You get a support net built right in for Camp.  If you’re more of a solitary writer, you can opt out of being sorted into a cabin.


Just like with the standard NaNoWriMo, there are PRIZES for the winners!  You can view the prizes here.  However, there is a catch.  You have to be at least 13 years old to participate and be sorted into a cabin.  So for our younger Germs, just wait and you’ll be able to join in on the writing fun and madness.

Now the big question.  How do you win?  Unlike with NaNoWriMo, you just have to achieve your personal goal.

I wound up signing up for Camp NaNoWriMo.  If anyone wants to write with me in the month of July, I’m on there as curseofpogo!  You can request cabinmates by username, so go right ahead.




LL Lemke is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loves writing science fiction and fantasy— or anything that is character driven. She still kind of wants to be a superhero or a ninja. She has a soft spot for villains in fiction.  She also loves reading (which is one reason she's Germ's indie book reviewer). Some favorites are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, JK Rowling... If she met any of them, she’s pretty sure she'd be completely unable to form coherent sentences. She is also a martial artist, with a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and currently training for her 3rd degree. She loves the martial arts almost as much as she loves writing. She enjoys incorporating the martial arts into her writing as well!  You can find her on tumblr and twitter, as well as visit her author page and blog.  Want to recommend an indie book for her to review?  Contact her at


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