Last Sunday I made myself a commitment - in April I attempt to write 10,000 towards a novel!
For those of you who haven't heard of NaNoWriMo before, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. It encourages authors, both new and experienced, to write an entire novel in the month of November.
I've always wanted to participate but never thought I had a good enough idea - plus I've never really indulged in creative writing that much except for my blog and my personal diary. This is why starting off with the camp appealed to me. The word count goals can be much shorter than the 50,000+ word count expectation of the regular NaNoWriMo.
The camps run on April and July and you can set yourself a much shorter word count goal - anywhere from 10,000 to 999,999! You set up your profile, and are put into a "cabin" of fellow writers to talk to for support. There's also a large forum where everyone participating can chat to each other.
I'm setting myself a challenge of just 10,000 words this month, and might participate again in July to expand upon it further. I have no set plot or story in mind just yet, I'm purely typing up character developments and passing thoughts and hoping that it will all nicely come together at the end of the month. That's the plan anyway!
If you've ever fancied yourself as the next JK Rowling (haven't we all?!) then I'd definitely recommend getting involved with this. It's also a really good excuse to write everyday. Sign up here - come on, it's not too late!