So, part of the deal with camp nano is you can choose to join a ‘cabin’. That’s a semi private group of up to 12 nano writers, who can chat and discuss what they’re writing during the camp.
But the cabin system is tricky; the organizers don’t have the funds, server space and tech time* to make the cabins searchable, or even listed with available slots. So you have to make a decision; let them randomly assign you a cabin, let them semi-randomly assign you one based on age/genre/wordcount goal, create your own cabin (and invite specific people), or go cabinless. If you want to find a more compatible group, you have to go to the main nano site, and look through the forum Finding Cabin Mates, and ask for invites to the ones that might suit. Or create your own and advertise there.
A friend offered to have me in the same cabin I was in last July, but lovely folks that they are, they’re all published writers who frequently talk about how to promote their novel. Not my thing.
And while the idea of randomly being assigned a cabin might be fun, it’s also a little nerve-wracking, so I’m saving it as a last resort. You can always leave a cabin, and try again, but it seems like a lot of time might be wasted.
I have asked for an invite to one cabin that seems interesting, but it sounds cool, so they might have filled up quickly. I’ve still got time to find other cabins, but it’s a pain in the ass for someone who panics over social situations, lol. Write a request to a stranger? Oh gods.
*camp nanos are sort of a bonus they do, not their main focus, which is the November nano. I wouldn’t want them to spend funds that are needed for the important stuff on something minor like this.