Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, or, 50,000 words, baby!



Hi guys!  Miss me? 

I’ve been AWOL here this past month, because I was participating in Camp Nanowrimo. As you guys probably know, Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month, is a program where any writer, from beginner to seasoned veteran, can sign up to accept the challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I’ve participated for over ten years, and I’ve won (aka, completed the 50k) three times now. The first novel ultimately became my novella Haunted (which you can buy on Amazon HERE!), the second novel we shall never speak of again, and the third, from this last November, is Crisis, which will be a novel in the Haunted series.

After writing most of Crisis in November (it’s still unfinished), I realized that I needed another book between it and Haunted.  It has become my goal to finish it by the end of the summer.  I decided what I needed was a jumpstart.

I needed Camp Nano.

In addition to the main event in November, the Nanowrimo folks do two “Camp” events, one in March and one in July.  During those months, you can set your own goal, work with a partner if you wish, and work on a wider range of projects: novels, short stories, screenplays, dissertations…anything you want to write, go for it.

I set my goal at 50,000 words, and wrote book 2 of the Haunted series.

It’s not finished.  I’ll be working through August at least, albeit at a slightly less frantic pace (a goal of 1,000 words a day instead of 2,000).  It will be a little harder, because I won’t have a word count that I’m shooting for, and I don’t know how much longer this thing will be (one of the drawbacks of being a pantser instead of a planner).  I have some idea where it’s going, but I know from experience that things can come up that will change the whole course of the narrative.  It’s already happened.  The book as it stands now is not the book I envisioned going into it.  It’s an amazing and terrifying thing.

I will be blogging again, and I have some exciting stuff lined up, including a guest blog post from a fellow Booktrope author!  So stay tuned!

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