Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and I know what you’re thinking: Hey, wait–wasn’t it just November? I don’t know if I’m ready to write 50,000 words in a month again! Well, never fear. Not only does April have an extra day to play around with, Camp NaNoWriMo is more flexible goal-wise. You’re allowed to set your own word-count target, and many participants use the month to achieve non-word-count-oriented goals.
A lot of people will still tackle the traditional fifty-thousand, but if you have more modest horizons to reach, and–you know, a LIFE–I’ve compiled a list of 26 alternative Camp NaNoWriMo goals below. To record these goals, assign each ‘task’ a number of words that it’s worth. For example, if your goal is that you want to write and schedule four blog posts in April, then divide 50,000 by 4, which comes out to 12,500. When you finish one blog post, record that you’ve ‘written’ that many words in the tracker.
26 Alternative Camp NaNoWriMo Goals
- Finish last year’s NaNoWriMo project (duh–this is the obvious one)
- edit last year’s NaNoWriMo project
- self-publish last year’s NaNoWriMo project
- send out a query letter every day
- post a blog post a day (or x number of blog posts in a month)
- write a poem a day
- if you’re musically inclined, record a song a day
- schedule your blog posts for the next sixth months
- Set up your author website or blog
- Write four short stories (one a week)
- write a piece of flash fiction every day
- follow a writing prompt every day
- Make a list of smaller writing-related jobs, decide how many “words” each job is worth. When you finish a task, record that amount of words as “written” on campnanowrimo.org
- outline your next book
- create a story bible for your book
- write a profile for each of your major characters
- if you’re a podcaster, record a podcast every day (or every week, etc.)
- create a plan for marketing your book
- re-read your style guide of choice (it’s recommended to review once a year!)
- create an account on a social media platform you’re not on yet
- draw maps for your story world
- write your writing career plan for the next year. Include where you are now, where you want to be, and what you’d like to accomplish in the next 12 months. Make a list of “someday” goals
- If you don’t keep a journal, try keeping one every day during Camp
- Take one of those online “writing webinars” that you always hear about.
- join a writing critique group like you’ve always said you’re going to
- Take the month off from writing or writing related activities and recharge
What is your goal for Camp NaNoWriMo this year? Leave a comment and let me know!