I’m once again embarking on some novel writing madness. The NaNoWriMo folks are running a series of summer camps, in June and August, and this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me. I’ve just finished outlining a new novel and have started work on the first draft, and I always do really well with NaNo-style challenges. I wrote several drafts of Bone Flower Throne during the November NaNo sessions over a few years and have never failed to meet the 50k quota, so I’m hoping that between June and August, I can crank out a first draft of this novel. I’m not quite 5k in yet, but after struggling a bit to find my pace the first couple days of work, my first official day of Camp NaNoWriMo saw over 2k of words committed to the page. When I’m really in the zone, 4-5k a day isn’t outside the realm of possibility, but I’m aiming for a pace of 3k a day, which should get me close to 70k for the month of June (I don’t work on weekends. That’s family time.). Click the picture to go visit the Camp NaNoWriMo website and join the fun!
The camp set up a slightly different than the normal NaNoWriMo. There no way to friend your writing buddies and follow them from your own profile, but they’ve set up an automated cabin system, with 4-6 writers per cabin, and you can request to be in a cabin with your buddies, or if none of your friends are participating, you can request to be sorted by age or the genre of your book. It might be a bit late now to start the June camp (unless you’re a really prolific writer), but you can sign up now for August.
I’ll try to post once a week, to report how well the words are flowing.