The Camp Guide to Rebelling

June 24, 2013

So you’ve come to Camp NaNoWriMo, but you don’t want to write a novel? Fear not, Campers!

Whether it was plans for a silent movie script during Script Frenzy 2012 or my hours of studying for this past Camp NaNoWriMo, I rarely seem to start my “noveling” months with a novel in mind. Now, choosing the Rebel way isn’t always easier. Along the way, I’ve come up with a few tips to keep the creative magic bright, no matter your medium.

1. Define what success will mean for you. A major part of NaNoWriMo success is the motivation that comes from working towards goals and within deadlines. Rebelling means you get to decide what this looks like. To make it a little easier, we have some suggestions for setting “word-count” goals (you can check those out in the FAQ section for both scripts and editing), but the beauty of Camp is that you choose the rules.

2. Join the community. In an event filled with wonderful novels, my flash cards and I struggled to find a place to belong. Linking with another group of writers, rebels, or both can make all the difference! Check out the NaNo Rebels forum, or the Rebel thread in our Campfire Circle forum. There’s nothing more inspiring than having a crew to laugh and (occasionally!) complain with.

3. Embrace your rebel status. Like any creative project, it can be hard to recognize the meaning or importance of your own story—especially when your project centers around research or editing. But creativity comes in many forms. That memoir you’re writing about your childhood? You know, the one that sometimes feels like a dull history? That’s an inspirational note to somebody. Get it on paper so they can read it.

That epic poem isn’t going to write itself! So why wait another day? Your story is your oyster, especially as a Camp Rebel. When you pick the requirements, there’s no reason not to shoot for the moon and go for that seemingly impossible goal. With a dash of passion and a sprinkle of dedication, you’ll be well on your way to rebel success. I like to call it NaNoReMo! (Get it?)

And, of course, no matter what you’re working on this month, we at HQ are thrilled to write (or edit, or research, or sketch) alongside you!

Wondering how she can get away with painting 30 pictures in 30 days,

Shelby Gibbs
Office Captain