It's that time of year again, in which people from all around the world commit to a writing project in the month of April. Camp events are more relaxed than the November event. Participants can choose their own word count goals, so there won't be the stress of trying to do 1667 words/day to reach 50,000 by the 30th (well, not unless you want to; I've seen people announce longer Camp projects). Signup is here. If you already have an account, you just need to log in, go to your dashboard, and announce your project. If you don't have an account, you'll need to make one. Have a username in mind (my name there is Timewalker). Announcing your project involves deciding what genre it's in (yes, fanfiction is a genre!), and how many words you want to do between April 1 - 30th. You can upload an avatar and "book cover" for your project, if you want (my avatar there is a stylized cartoon beaver; might as well go for a Canadian stereotype, right? ). One thing to note: The NaNoWriMo website went through a huge change last year. I have no idea if they've got all of the problems worked out yet that were noted during November last year. All we can do is try it out, and there are extensive forums where you can connect with Support and other writers (ie. I wouldn't have known how to choose the forum theme that is best for my eyes if someone else hadn't posted instructions). We can have our own cabin if we want (minimum of 3 people this time, maximum of 20). It's like a private chat space, but since we have this thread here, I don't think we at CFC would need one there. Of course you're free to join other cabins; I joined a random one in August last year and found myself with a group of students from various countries around the world who were also fanfic writers (Harry Potter is still popular). I've had a look at this year's banner/avatar. They're not as stunning as last year's (I LOVED last year's avatar, banner, and poster!), but they're still nice. They're free to download and use wherever you want, on forums, social media, etc. Avatar (honestly it's smaller on forums): Banner (I don't use these but some folks do): I invite all CFC members who are taking part to post here, share whatever ups, downs, and sidewayses they might have, triumphs and frustrations, questions and answers, and observations. If you're not taking part, feel free to join the conversation - ask questions, make observations, encouragement is always appreciated, and if we can persuade you to join in, so much the better. Late signups are okay; I think they allow that for at least a week into April, but check the website to verify. Some things have changed since last year, and I'm still not up on all of them. The purpose of NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write - first, get into the habit of writing. Don't worry about quality at first - improvement will come with practice. Second - have fun. Write on!