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Camp Care Package: Always make a start.

Author Taran Matharu takes over as your first Camp Counselor this April! Here's the first of his Camp Care Packages:

As with all writers, there will be days where you're just not in the mood. But what happens if you tell yourself that you're only going to write a few sentences rather than skipping a day? Open up the manuscript and start writing, just for a few minutes. You will be shocked at how quickly you are pulled back in and the words mount up. Sometimes I go well above my daily target when starting like this. Even if you don't, something is better than nothing, right?

What's up at Camp?

  • Participate in an Insta Live chat Mondays during lunch, Wednesdays in the evening, or Fridays in morning (all times USA Pacific). Follow @nanowrimo on Instagram for more details!

  • What kind of NaNoWriMo Camper are you? Take this quiz to find out.

  • Missed our Virtual Write-In this Wednesday? Write along with the archived video! Or schedule a reminder to catch the next one

Today's Writing Dare

Take Taran's advice and just start writing, even if you don't feel like it or don't know exactly where where your story is going. You can do this any time you have a few minutes to spare—waiting in line, on the bus, while your shower's heating up. Make a start on your project!

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Taran Matharu is a New York Times bestselling author. He was born in London in 1990 and began his first book at 9 years old. Taran wrote the Summoner series during NaNoWriMo in November 2013, at the age of 22. He updated it daily on, and its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over 3 million reads in less than 6 months. It eventually became published as a bestselling series. Since then, the book has been translated into 15 languages around the world.

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