Camp NaNoWriMo is a modified, more casual version of November's worldwide writing challenge. Unlike the original version, writers doing Camp Nano don't necessarily have an intensely stressful month. The rules are slightly changed and authors can create writing groups to help each other along, but the goal remains the same: write an extraordinary amount of words in just one month. The difference here is in the relax and modified rules for the spring challenge.
The rules are straightforward for the original National November Writing Month: write 50,000 words during the month of November. That works out to 1,667 words per day if you don't take any days off, which can be difficult in the run up to the Christmas holidays. Camp NaNo is a much more casual affair which allows writers to set their own goals for the month. Pick a word count goal, promise to work an hour a day, write a page a day, or vow to complete any other measurable goal during the month. As long as the number is between 30 and one million, it can be tallied on the Camp Nano page for you.
It's in the name: National Novel Writing Month. Everyone's officially supposed to work on a novel in November (although there are rebels who stray outside the norm). At Camp NaNo, you can decide what kind of project you want to work on. Create a series of short stories, do a piece of non-fiction, write a script or pages of poetry, or even spend the month doing edits of your novel's first draft. As long as it has to do with writing, it's all fair game.
The NaNoWriMo organization has supplied forum space for writers to post in, but it's tough for many people to do much more than get answers to impersonal questions. Camp NaNoWriMo adds a personal touch by breaking authors up into groups of 20, dividing them into "cabins." Each cabin is like a small writing group, allowing member to get to know and encourage each other. If you've already got a group of friends you want to socialize with you can create your own cabin. Otherwise, the NaNo site will sort you into one of the random cabins. You can choose to go into a cabin based on your work genre, your age, or your number goal.
Just like in the November challenge, winning Camp NaNo is a point of personal pride. If you reach the goal you've set for yourself, you've won for the year. You'll get virtual stickers on your NaNo page, and some retail sites offer discounts for author products for winners, but the main prize is the sense of pride you get from completing a massive writing challenge.
Keep the Faith and may the Force be with You!