Camp NaNoWriMo happens every year during April and July, and having a clear goal is a must to succeed! However, with so much freedom, sometimes it’s hard to think of a Camp NaNo goal—or even a NaNoWriMo rebel goal! So here are five Camp Nano Rebel goal ideas, so you can make the most out of the challenge.
What’s Camp NaNoWriMo?
You’ve probably heard of NaNoWriMo: a challenge to write 50,000 words for a new novel during November. Well, Camp NaNo is like the younger sibling of this event! It takes place in April and July and the main difference is that you choose your own goal. This means you don’t need to get to 50,000 words and you don’t have a write a new novel. It’s like a NaNoWriMo made for rebels! This is why we’ve put together this list—so you can join your fellow creative rebels and get your project done!
Check out all the details about Camp NaNoWriMo on their website.
1. Complete Past Summer Camp Prompts
Every year, in July, we organize Summer Camp: an event in which we challenge you to answer over 30 worldbuilding prompts in a single month. This year’s Summer Camp hasn’t happened yet, but all the prompts from past Summer Camps are public! So, if you’re looking to expand your worldbuilding, consider taking on this goal. Check out all Summer Camp prompts!
Now, we’ve been running Summer Camp since 2018, which means there are now over 120 prompts to choose from. So I suggest you pick a limited number (for example, you could choose a year) so you don’t feel stressed. Of course, if you’re mad enough, you’re free to go all in and try to answer all of them—but whatever you do, don’t burn out! These prompts are there to inspire you and help you think about parts of the world you wouldn’t think about otherwise.
2. Create 10 Fully Fleshed Out Characters
Camp NaNoWriMo is a great opportunity to create a cast of deep and interesting characters for future use (or just for fun)! If you’re a writer, characters are the bread and butter of your stories! If you’re already planning your next story, you’ll need to come up with characters at some point—well, this challenge is a great time to do it! And even if you aren’t planning any story right now, having some characters in your back pocket is always useful and could even inspire your next novel.
If you play or run roleplaying games, you could take this month to design your next player character or a bunch of non-player characters you’d like to use at some point. Just leave a couple of blank spots to flesh out later with campaign details, and you’ll be good to go.
Want some tips to write characters? Check out our 5 tips for writing compelling characters!
3. Flesh Out a New Island or Region of Your World
If you want to worldbuilding but you aren’t really feeling the Summer Camp prompts, just pick a new area of your world you want to develop! Chances are, there’s a city, a country, or even an entire continent you haven’t written about as much. So, start by thinking about what cool things you can find in that place and start building it from there. It could even become the setting for a future story!
And if at some point you get stuck, you can always use prompts, not as the primary drive for your worldbuilding but just as inspiration! We have a blog post you can check out with a bunch of prompts and tips on how to use them, and you can also take a look at our community-submitted prompts!
4. Plot or Edit a Novel during Camp NaNoWriMo
Camp NaNoWriMo is part of the NaNoWriMo project, so why not work on your NaNo novel? If you wrote a novel last year and haven’t edited it yet, you can do it this month! Editing is a second chance to polish your amazing story, and as we know, all great writing comes from rewriting! And the great thing about this event is that it keeps you accountable to yourself and your fellow campers.
If you’ve already edited your last novel (or you didn’t take part), consider starting the outline for your next NaNoWriMo novel! Sure, November is still several months away, but having a headstart will let you be much more relaxed. And you can always use it for July’s Camp NaNoWriMo too!
5. Branch out into CYOA stories or one-shots!
CYOA stands for “choose your own adventures”, which are special kind of story in which the reader chooses where the plot of the story is going. If you want to involve your readers even more, though, why not create a one-shot? These are short adventures meant to be played in a role-playing game, which means that player interaction (the readers of your game) is key to finishing the story!
If you like the idea, we have a challenge for you! Adventure April runs through the entire month of April and it’s all about writing an adventure for a game. You can pick any system, any genre, any settings… as long as it’s an RPG-like adventure, it fits the challenge! Even if you haven’t written one before, I recommend trying it once: RPG adventures are an amazing opportunity to see your stories and your world come to life with your players. Take a look at this compilation of one-shots written during Adventure April!
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