Getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo in April

Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 participant graphic

Camp NaNoWriMo, AKA the month when I write the first draft of The Book, is just around the corner. Outlining is done, character and reference sheets are created, research is researched and I’m ready to get stuck into actually writing when April arrives. When I first came up with the idea for The Book, I gave myself some time for brain-spew to help me get to know my characters, so technically I’ve already written about 5k of my 20k Camp NaNo goal. Since this is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this and I honestly don’t know how I’m going to cope with not editing as I go along (just thinking about this is give me a prolapse of the soul), I’m alright with allowing myself that little head-start.

As far as I know, you can view everything on the Camp NaNoWriMo site without having to be signed up, so you should be able to see my camper info and project info. The Book now has a (tentative) title and logline, both of which may be subject to change once I actually do the writing, but I wanted to give it a bit more of an identity to help me stay attached and inspired. So consider this the official unveiling of my Camp NaNoWriMo project, the art formerly known as The Book…

Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places
When a robbery takes an unexpected turn, part-time criminal Andie Valentine is forced to make a difficult choice: dive deeper into a dangerous but lucrative world or escape to a new beginning, abandoning her home in Edinburgh and her last connection to the girl who changed her life and shattered her heart.

I’m not sure what my blogging and social media activity is going to look like over the next month. I might be overflowing with creative energy and be really active everywhere, or I might spend the time I’m not writing lying in a dark room questioning my life choices. I don’t know. I will endeavour to panic live on a regular basis via Instagram Stories (you can find me on IG at tanyasimonesimpson) and Snapchat (I’m on there are tanyassimpson) and will probably be engaging in something like my usual chatter on Twitter and Ello.

Regardless of all the other bits and pieces, by the end of April I should have the first draft of my first novella ready to edit and do something with. Post-editing and cover-creating (I’m super looking forward to creating the cover!) ‘something’ is probably going to look like a free chapter-by-chapter release on Wattpad and Tablo alongside a complete multi-format ebook release on Smashwords and possibly Amazon so people who want to read the whole thing immediately, download it to keep, and/or support my writing endeavours with money (it’s good to be able to eat and keep the lights on while I’m writing) can do that. I’m still considering Patreon but I’m not sure if I’ll be launching it as part of this project release or if it’ll come later as a “read new stuff here first and get fancy bonus material” thing.

I’ve been rolling ideas around in my head for a blog post about why I don’t intend to go the traditional/legacy publishing route with my work (there are many reasons!), so that’ll be happening at some point, possibly during April or possibly after. I hope to have time and creative juice for photography during Camp NaNo month but I’m not promising anything because I had that intention during Flash Fiction Prompt January and I basically spent four weeks trying to stop my eyes turning into dried-out husks from spending too much time in front of a screen.

Apart from the first draft of Stone Flowers (See? I didn’t call it The Book), I don’t know what else April holds but I’m looking forward to an adventure!

3 thoughts on “Getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo in April

    1. I’m currently going through a sudden “Oh god, what if this is a terrible idea? What if my book is a terrible book? What if everything’s terrible?” last minute panic, but it has two days to subside so I’ve decided everything’s going to be fine.

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