The greatest thing about Camp NaNoWriMo is that you don’t write alone. Whether you’re tackling a first draft or a seventh, a script or a memoir, there are writers who’ve forged similar paths, ready to offer their help.
Check out inspiration, advice, and encouragement from these trailblazing authors as you set out to discover your creativity.
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Each Camp session, we’re joined by published authors who act as “counselors” in your Camp Messages inbox and on our blog. This April, they’ll be dispensing words of wisdom, advice, and encouragement to all our NaNo Campers:
Your Current Camp Counselor:
April 2018 Camp Counselors
Helen Hoang is that shy person who never talks. Until she does. And the worst things fly out of her mouth. She read her first romance novel in eighth grade and has been addicted ever since. In 2016, she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in line with what was previously known as Asperger’s Syndrome. Her journey inspired The Kiss Quotient, which releases in June 2018. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two kids, and pet fish.
Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and began his first book at 9 years old.
Taran wrote the Summoner series during NaNoWriMo in November 2013, at the age of 22. Updating the story daily on Wattpad.com, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months, and becoming published as a bestselling series. Since then, the book has been translated into 15 languages around the world.
Sarah Raughley grew up in Southern Ontario writing stories about freakish little girls with powers because she secretly wanted to be one. She is a huge fangirl of anything from manga to scifi/fantasy TV to Japanese role-playing games, but she will swear up and down at book signings that she was inspired by Jane Austen. On top of being a YA writer, Sarah has a PhD in English, which makes her doctor, so it turns out she didn’t have to go to medical school after all. (Author photo by Melanie Gillis)
Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
By day, she manages the digital media team for an indie film advertising agency. By later day and night, Amy writes, performs, and pets as many cats as she can. She is the author of five young adult novels, including her latest, The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles). (Author photo: Robyn Von Swank)
We encourage a huge variety of writing during each Camp session. Here are guides to just a few of the projects our participants have worked on.
We keep an archive of advice from our Camp Counselors in past years. Click through the questions, or check back for a chance to ask your own!
Language and Dialogue
How do I avoid…
The Writing Life