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Camp Care Package/July 2016

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This page contains the Camp Care Packages from Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016.

July 2016's Camp Counselors were Ibi Zoboi, Courtney Alameda, Natalie C. Parker, Zoraida Cordova, Alex Gino, and Sofia Quintero.

Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi was Camp Counselor for the week preceding Camp NaNoWriMo 2016's July session. Author bio included in the care packages:

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in Haiti Noir, the Caribbean Writer, The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut YA novel American Street (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins) is due out in February 2017.

24 June 2016

Daydream! If you've decided to become a storyteller, then you are and have always been a daydreamer. Don't let that go. That is at the core of who you are as a writer. You may not be able to write or read everyday, but daydreams are as free as the wind. Let your mind wander and imagination soar!

Courtney Alameda

Courtney Alameda was Camp Counselor for the week preceding Camp NaNoWriMo 2016's July session. Author bio included in the care packages:

Courtney Alameda is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Shutter, the forthcoming novel Pitch Dark (June 2017), as well as other soon-to-be announced projects. A veteran bookseller and librarian, she now writes full-time and lives in Utah with her husband.

27 June 2016

Get ready, get set, sprint! If you're having trouble getting your daily writing session started, begin with a warm up. Set a timer for 20 or 30 minutes, and then focus on writing as many words as possible in that window. Give yourself permission to fumble. Don't fix mistakes. Just write.

Find your rhythm, ignore your internal editor. In fact, duct tape your internal editor's mouth shut for a half hour. Some days, all you need to fly is a good running start.

28 June 2016

In the drafting stages of a novel, perfectionism is fear in disguise. Don't forget: Fortune favors the bold! Allow inspiration to take you by the hand and lead you to places you hadn't heretofore imagined for your work, even if you have to trudge through the mire to get there.

I assure you, the most stunning vistas I've encountered in my writing have come when I've allowed the wild girl in my subconscious to take the reins awhile.

29 June 2016

You write what you eat... er, I mean read! With all forms of consumable media--be they books, movies, television shows, video games, et cetera--what you consume will largely dictate what you write. As John Donne once said, "No man is an island, entire of itself." Everything you take in will influence you as an artist, so focus your consumption on works you consider "good."

Also: Consume art widely. Experiment with genres, markets, and forms might usually avoid. Build a rich internal life for yourself, one without borders or limits.

30 June 2016

One thing to remember: Writing your novel's a marathon, not a sprint. Self-care's tantamount to your writing--you won't go far on an empty physical, emotional, or mental tank.

Spend some time today reading a book, going for a walk, grabbing coffee with a friend, or finding another way to recharge. Feed the body, feed the soul, feed the muse.

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Natalie C. Parker

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Zoraida Cordova

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Alex Gino

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Sofia Quintero

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