That’s Camp NaNoWriMo, specifically. You probably know that the NaNoWriMo set-up encourages everyone to write a novel, or some other variation in this theme nowadays, in a month, specifically November. It also runs the project in the form of a Summer Camp in April and July. The past two years have been helped enormously by joining in; it forces me to concentrate on writing a book (Talent Seekers) or rewriting a book (Bravo Victor).
I have a number of projects on the go that could do with the concentrated effort that comes from the NaNoWriMo set-up.
- Viridian System book 1 – the Pete and the Swede story, which currently gets most of its progress when I do another part of it for flash fiction Fridays
- White Water Landings – my father’s memoir which I have had ready to publish since January, but needs another edit (comment by a potential publisher) and the photos fixed and the whole thing published in a new way I’ve already identified
- The European printed version of the Princelings series to date, which I hope will make it eligible for UK high street bookshops. It’ll make it cheaper for me to give copies away, too!
My problem, mainly is setting myself down to do it. Other things get in the way – like blogging, or reading, or looking after guinea pigs. Since Victor died, I find I have another hour in the day – one that was spent administering to his health and comfort. Maybe I should bite the bullet, set myself a goal for the first or second project above, and discipline myself to achieve it in that extra hour every day. Then I can do the same through August with the second project.
Great! Decision made. Now, which of the projects shall I do in July?