It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time again! I had so much fun during April’s camp, and it was such an amazing way to obsessively get stuck into a project, that I’m doing it all over again in July.
If you’ve never heard of Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s basically a more flexible version of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). For Camp NaNo, you can set your own goal – words, pages, hours etc – and your project can be anything, rather than having to be specifically a 50k word novel. It runs twice a year, in April and July, and the main NaNoWriMo event runs in November. You can find out more at CampNaNoWriMo.org and NaNoWriMo.org
April’s project, a novella called Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places, is now fully complete and ready to publish so it’ll be finding its way onto the internet in ebook form very soon. And I mean very soon. Providing my brain isn’t totally melted from Camp NaNo, I’m aiming to publish Stone Flowers within the next couple of months!
July’s Camp NaNo project is another novella (cause I love writing things that can be read in a few hours), Car Thieves. It’s been in my head for about a decade and although I know the characters pretty well by now, I’ve chosen to write the first draft with only a vague outline. This is totally different from my approach to Stone Flowers and, to be honest, totally different from my approach to everything. I’m a compulsive planner. I like to create detailed frameworks for everything I do before I start doing it. My comfort zone is a very organised place. That’s why I want to challenge myself this month by writing without having my own set of pre-determined instructions to follow. It’s kind of scary but I keep reminding myself it’s only a first draft so if I end up not really getting into this method of writing, it’s not the end of the world and at least I’ll have a draft to work with.
If you want to find out more about the project and meet the characters, I’ve posted the prologue and selections from character profiles on Car Thieves’ Camp NaNoWriMo project page. I don’t usually share character profiles and other background info, but I figured this would be good practice for launching my Patreon (also within the next couple of months) where I’ll be sharing lots of stuff related to projects I’m working on.