So as you may or may not have caught on, I’m all about the writers and writing. Hence the reason I set up weekly Tarot writing prompts.
April is going to be a little different.
For those of you who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, happens every November. The challenge is to write a novel in a month. You have 30 days to write at least 50,000 words, which is the generally agreed upon minimum length for a novel. This makes approximately 1,667 words per day.
Camp NaNoWriMo is the practice round. It’s a little bit like warm up. These happen twice a year, the first one starting in April. For this, you set your own writing goal in your profile, and you are assinged a cabin in which you can chat with other writers about their progress. This helps you keep them accountable and they keep you accountable. It’s a place where you can bounce ideas off each other, or just know that they’re struggling as much as you are. The added bonus is that it’s just a nice way of networking!
Starting at midnight on the first of the month, you can start writing.
Camp NaNoWriMo and The Tarot Challenge
So for this occasion, I’ve created a 30 day Tarot Challenge. Each day I’ll give you a spread to help you along the way with your piece. I’ll provide the layout and a sample reading. I personally will try my best to stick to the sample reading in my own piece as well.
Starting March 31, I’ll set up the prepwork for you, giving you the groundwork for your story. We will think of the 31st as Day 0, the day of the Fool.
Each following day I’ll look at the differnt steps of writing and provide a spread for you to do on your own, or you can use the sample spread provided.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the spreads on Instagram as well. I’ll try and keep the spreads posted broadly, so they’re easily accessable.
There are pleanty of blogs and articles out there to give you tips and techniques to NaNoWriMo, so I’ll leave you to do that research on your own. But I do recommend participating.
If you do participate, make sure that you give yourself pleanty of time to achieve your goal. If it’s your first time hearing about NanoWrimo, Camp or otherwise, go easy on yourself. It can be rough. I’ve personally participated on and off for at least ten years now, and I’ve succeeded in the 50,000 word goal twice.
For this upcoming month, I’m setting the goal at 30,000 words, which is just a measely 1,000 words a day. But I’m trying to be realistic–I have chickens we’re raising, a massive garden we’re preparing, a day job, and my favorite part–this website. That’s outside of my partner and family. All of these things take my attention, and all deserve my fully attention, and thus, to be realistic, for now, my goal is 30,000 words.
But set yours for whatever feels comfortable–10,000, 15,000, or even just look at daily words–200 a day, 500 a day, 1,000 a day.
April is a month of new beginnings. It’s rich with creative energy from Aries, and thus we should remember that while our fires might burn hot, they can burn out. Explore your creative side, tend your fire, but don’t burn it too hot.
Are you a NaNoWriMoer? Have you participated before? Is this your first time? Let me know all about your writing! I love writers and connecting and talking about writing. So please, keep in touch, let me know your progress!