April and July presents the opportunity for anyone who wishes to write a novel to 'practice' for the main event in November each year.
CampNaNoWriMo as the events in April and July are known, differ slightly from NaNoWriMo in that you can set your own target with a minimum of 10,000 words. It might sound like a lot but if you break it down into a daily target, it is an easier target. How difficult can it be to write 10,000/30 = 333.3 words (okay, make it 334) every day for 30 days?
The benefit is that you get into the habit of writing, you can plan to write everyday and if you get ahead of your target (which is always recommended) there is less pressure when the dreaded deadline looms.
And these events are fun. There are local groups and online groups and the best thing of all is the support given by everyone taking part.
Not a novel writer? Why not write a collection of short stories? I have found that a Plan B, the short stories, is an excellent way of writing for this challenge. You never know what ideas might crop up that could be explored in a novel.
My work schedule is especially nightmarish this year, but the one thing that I add to my calender on January1st, is NaNoWriMo - and Camp is the best preparation there is.