So, CampNaNoWriMo is hardly over. The campfires are just cooling down and our sleeping bags need to be washed, but it’s time for the next challenge because when you’re a writer there is no such thing as downtime or vacation. My mind is always working on a story, or a character, or a PTSD blog post. I can’t help it, it’s how the madness manifests in me. As an author/writer/creator, I’m always working on something. So JuNoWriMo here I come!
CampNaNoWriMo was a huge success for me. I wrote 90K words! JuNoWriMo is a little different than camp though. The goal is preset, 50K words and I have a plan already!
I usually blog about PTSD and if you come here for that don’t be discouraged by the different topic, this is what I do when I’m not talking about the subject that fills every corner of my life. I will be continuing to blog even while I write. It helps, a lot, to have something that I love to do and for me that’s writing love stories! Even my husband gets in on the action, discussing books ideas, plots, and characters with me for hours. My work is available for free right now, just check out my links to the right. And make sure you make time for fun too!
One of the goals I have for JuNoWriMo is to write an anthology of short stories, four or five of them, and offer it up on Amazon for free. I think it’s a great way for new readers to get a sample of my writing style and see if they like it. I have a series planned that I will begin sometime next year and I’ve decided that each of my short stories will be about one or two characters from the series.
Interested yet? The first story in the anthology is the most developed so far. It’s called “The Table of Misfit Donors.” I’ll include the synopsis in a future update post.
Each story will cover a bit of their backstory or an unrelated story, so reading the short stories won’t ruin anything for you in the series, it will just familiarize you with the characters a bit. I have three stories laid out, and characters for two of them outlined and I will be working on the rest of that this month in addition to editing and revising other works which can be found here on my blog.
I’m really looking forward to JuNoWriMo. It will give me a chance to work on a project I’d be too likely to put on the back burner. And, if I get myself in gear, it will free me up to re-read the novels I have in revision as I prepare for a second revision. You see, I am new to this fiction writing and it’s going to be slow for me while I learn how to not bore you to death with my fumblings.