Tag: Camp NaNoWriMo

A to Z Challenge

I recently saw people talking about an “April A to Z Challenge” on Twitter, and it sounds like a really fun thing to take part in! The basic idea is that you write something – be it a short story, poem, blog post, chapter, whatever you want – each weekday during April (and a weekend at the end, to make enough days), corresponding to each letter of the alphabet. Then you go on a sort of Blog Party every day to share your work and check out others taking part in the challenge. 🙂

Everyone chooses their own theme for the posts they’re going to make during April. I’ve had a story in mind for a few years – well, the original idea was a collection of short stories which all add up into one large story, but now I’m leaning more towards it being one novel split into chapters. But that might change. Panster woo! 😉  And this challenge sounds like a perfect opportunity to get it out of my head and onto paper, with each chapter/short story fitting each letter of the alphabet.

So my theme reveal (and novel title) for the A to Z Challenge is…

Secret Diary Of A Serial Killer

It feels so good to actually get that title out into the world! And I’m really excited to be writing something that’s so different from what I usually write. For those new to my blog (Hi! Welcome 🙂 ) I usually write urban fantasy, but for this story I’ll be delving into the world of crime writing. Maybe some fantasy will pop up in there, as I’m a pantser that’s always a possibility, but right now I doubt it.

Are you thinking of taking part in the A to Z Challenge? What theme have you chosen?


All At Once

This month has been very much like the old saying: you wait for one bus, then two come at the same time.

Brian and I have been waiting for almost a year for my visa to be processed and, just as I start Camp NaNoWriMo, it all comes to the last stage!  Which is great news, don’t get me wrong 🙂  We’re really excited and I’m really nervous about the interview because I have no idea what they ask!  But it has meant less time for writing and so I wanted to say sorry for lack of updates on here.

Camp NaNoWriMo, I had to forget about all together.  This is the first year they’ve done it and it’s basically NaNoWriMo but in the Summer.  For anyone who is unfamiliar with the NaNo concept, you’re given the challenge of writing 50,000 words of a brand new novel, or a 50,000 novella, within 30 days (or, as August is longer, within 31 days for Camp NaNoWriMo).  It’s a lot of hard work but it really is a lot of fun too 🙂  This new idea of going to camp has a few changes, like instead of the forums they have “cabins” where you and 5 other people get to spur each other on, chat about your progress and help each other as much as possible.  The forums on the main NaNoWriMo website are still active with Camp chatter, but the cabins are a great addition on the Camp website!

My camp experience, as little as there was of it, was very good!  If they do it again next year I’ll definitely take part.  But for now, back to organising things for my interview!