It’s getting close to that time of year! Mark up your calendars, count down the days, and prep your prompt lists!
For those who are unfamiliar, Escapril is a yearly poetry/writing challenge put together by poet and author Savannah Brown (link her site here). The challenge is technically for poetry, but it can be used for any other form of writing or art that you’d like! In practice, it functions similarly to the art challenge Inktober (in which you do an art piece with ink, every day in October).
Every year at the start of March, a list of prompts is released, for anyone who likes to prepare or plan (you can find the official account and the prompts here: official Escapril account 2022 Escapril prompts ).
If you asked me two years ago if I was a writer, I would have said no. I had ideas for stories back then and even tried writing one, but none of them were fully committed to. But halfway through 2020, the seed of an idea bloomed, and today, I wouldn’t call myself anything else but a writer (except for maybe author, fingers crossed!). At the start of a new year, I find myself reflecting on 2021 and its lessons about writing and my relationship towards it. Here are seven things 2021 taught me about writing.
Camp NaNoWriMo — abbreviated “Camp”— is different from NaNoWriMo in November because it's more flexible. Unlike in November, the event in July and April encourages all kinds of writing projects from short stories to memoir. Challenge yourself to write a poem everyday, or draft a film script!
But first, a pep talk. It’s easy for things to get in the way of writing or to not feel up to it — don’t beat yourself up for that. The spirit of NaNoWriMo is to have fun and be creative.
Camp is meant to be flexible and tailored to the writer, so work at whatever pace is comfortable for you. Word count goals can be as low or as high as you want. I participated in Camp last April and had a fun time writing 20,000 words while enrolled in university.
Even a goal of 100 words is progress, and you can change your goal almost anytime until the end of Camp. Because Camp is so flexible, it also doesn't matter if you start late. So set your goal for whatever you want!
Ready to get started? Here’s how to create a Camp NaNoWriMo project!