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Camp Care Package: Write the story that scares you.

Your daily Camp Care Package is brought to you in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Poet Amanda Lovelace brings us this week's Camp Care Packages:

Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Sometimes the story you most need to write is also the one that most scares you—and that’s all the more reason to write it.

Poetry is one of the only places where you can free your thoughts without restriction. So, battle the monsters in your closet and craft a beautiful poem from their remains. You will thank yourself for your kindness later.

Have you ever overcome a fear by tackling a story that scares you? Share your thoughts with Amanda, or thank her for today's #CampCarePackage!

Camp Goings-On

  • Join a Virtual Write In. NaNo Interns Maddi and Emily will be leading weekly Virtual Write-Ins all this month. Join our next VWI tomorrow, Wednesday, July 12, at 1:00 pm PDT.
  • Don't forget that you can change your goal. Your Camp NaNoWriMo goal should be working for you, not the other way around. If you're feeling discouraged by a seemingly unreachable goal, it's ok to make it more manageable. Just click on the wrench at the top of your novel box.

Today's Writing Challenge

If you're feeling stuck, take a break from working on your project and write something different for a little while. One of the best ways to figure out what's holding you back is to journal about your day. Write about the good things that have happened, the frustrations you're experiencing, and the interactions you've had with other people. At the very least, you can take your real-life experiences and re-work them to include in your story.

Amanda Lovelace

Amanda Lovelace is the winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Poetry with her debut collection, the princess saves herself in this one. She has been a poet for fifteen years. Currently she lives alongside her poet fiancé in a very small town in New Jersey known for its open mic scene. As you can see, poetry is her life, and she wants nothing more than to inspire others to begin their own journey into this enchanted world.

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