The Best Websites for Keeping Writing Goals +Camp NaNo

Happy March!  I confess, I’m much more of a winter person, but it is nice to see the leaves and flowers coming out.  (Until the pollen comes, and I desperately wish for winter again.)

March also means that it’s only one month away from April, which also means that it’s one month away from Camp NaNoWriMo.  Some of you may know that I did NaNoWriMo in November, which is basically the bigger, more serious version of Camp NaNo.  We’ll go into all that and other online resources that help you keep your writing goals.

All right, who out there has troubles with keeping goals?

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That would be me.  Thankfully, I found a few resources that work.

Let’s start with Camp NaNoWriMo (Since it’s so hard to type out, let’s abbreviate it to Camp Nano)

Camp Nano:

Camp Nano is “An Idyllic Writers Retreat, Smack-Dab In The Middle Of Your Crazy Life.”  You can do any type of writing project you’d like, though most people write stories.  (Or you can be a part of the “Rebels” group and write non-fiction.)  You just customize your goal, and start working towards it.  Where does the Camp part come in?  You can either start your own, or opt into a “cabin” with other writers where you can communicate, encourage, or help with plot.  (Or you can choose not to join a cabin.) campnanowrimo.org

Pros:

  • Customizable Goal
  • Cabins
  • Graphs of Progress

Cons:

  •  Possibility for bad cabin mates (if sorted at random)
  • Only available in APRIL AND JULY

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NaNoWriMo:

NanoWriMo is a different challenge altogether.  (National Novel Writing Month.)  This time, everybody works for 50,000 words, all in the month of November.  It’s a lot.  NaNoWriMo doesn’t have cabins, but you can add people you know as “buddies” and you can check out their progress.  (I “won” last November.) nanowrimo.org

Pros:

  • The badges kind of make you feel good.
  • You get encouraging emails every day
  • Lot’s of people do it, and you’re all in it together
  • There are some pretty nice sponsor offers if you win or just participate
  • Writing Sprints (With a timer)

Cons:

  • It’s 50,000 words.  You can’t change the goal.
  • Thanksgiving lands in November too…
  • It’s only in November, each year.

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My Write Club:

It’s still in beta, but I’ve used mywriteclub more than I thought I would originally.  You can make friends and check out their progress, as well as plan whatever goals you’d like.  They have global sprints (but you HAVE to type on their site) and custom sprints.  There’s also a messaging system, but I haven’t really used it. mywriteclub.com 

Pros:

  • Whenever you’d like
  • Measure progress in words, chapters, scenes, to-do items, pages, lines, percents, or other.
  • You can comment on your friend’s goals

Cons:

  • Still in beta, and slightly hard to figure out at first.
  • You have to do writing sprints on their site

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What are your favorite writing sites?

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