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Kicking Off April with Camp NaNoWriMo and IWSG

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InsecureWritersSupportGroup2IWSG is a support group for writers and we do our group posting on the first Wednesday of each month. Special thanks to our host Alex J. Cavanaugh and his co-hosts Hart Johnson, Chemist Ken, Candilynn Fite, Terri Rochenski, Clare Dugmore, and Lilica Blake for this awesome blog hop.

April, for me, is Camp NaNoWriMo, wherein I attempt to write a chick lit about two friends who travel to England and the mess they get themselves into when one of them goes missing during the trip.

I have my Camp badge up on the sidebar which links to my Stats page over in Camp. At my current pace, I will finish on July 3, long after Camp NaNo ends on April 30. As you can see, I’m off to a slow start but it’s only the second day so there’s still time yet to get back on track.

I’m also happy to announce that I’ve finished the draft I’ve been talking about for the last two IWSG sessions. Yes, it still needs revisions but it feels good to finally have the story out of my head into actual written words. Thanks to everyone for the support and input!

Whether you’re doing Camp NaNoWriMo, A-Z Challenge, or something else, April promises to be a very busy month in the blogging/writing community.

What are you goals for April? Are you participating in any of the Challenges? How’s your writing going?


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24 thoughts on “Kicking Off April with Camp NaNoWriMo and IWSG

  1. Good luck with CampNaNo, it’s only day 2, you will get there πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to enjoy it and have fun too!

  2. I hope you’re going to share feedback on Camp Nanowrimo. I’d love to read your thoughts.

    • I do plan to blog about it. I expect my current post schedule to be Monday and Friday, except maybe Friday before Easter and probably this Friday, depending how far behind I get with the word count. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I’ve only pre-written about 10 posts for the A to Z Challenge, and I’m getting a little freaked out about it, since it’s my first time in the challenge. But it sounds like you’ve got your work cut out for you too with CampNaNo! Good luck and have fun! πŸ˜€

  4. Good luck with Camp NaNo. I think April must be the month to choose your poison (in a good way, of course:)
    Your summary sounds great. I hope your beginning is exciting and not scary for you, and that the words flow easily.

    • Thanks! Choose your Poison April–I like that haha. I’ve had a few false starts with the beginning, having trouble getting that light-hearted tone that befits chick lit to work but I think I’ll just fix that later in revisions, otherwise I won’t get anything done.

  5. Just got my ms to the formatter so she can prepare it for publication. Now I wait…

    Did I ever tell you about my speed writing post?
    In case I didn’t, here’s the link: http://melissamaygrove.blogspot.com/2013/11/speed-writing-eleventh-hour-help-for.html

    Good luck with NaNo. πŸ™‚
    IWSG #243, until Alex culls the list again.

    • Exciting times ahead for you Melissa! Thanks for sharing the speed writing technique you used. I’ve also discovered that once you allow your characters to talk, that word count really goes up. They really do love useless chatter, don’t they? πŸ˜‰

  6. Congrats on finishing that draft! What a load off the shoulders. πŸ™‚

    April goals? Live through my latest release on the 21st AND it’s month-long blog tour.

  7. I LOVE NaNoWriMo. It is such a great kick in the pants. I was a winner this past November (just added you to my buddy list), but it is so had to keep up that pace in my day to day life. If I wasn’t doing the A to Z challenge, I think I’d be a camper too.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    Leanne Ross ( readfaced.wordpress.com & @LeanneRossRF )

    • Thanks! I agree, keeping up with Nano pace on a daily basis can be daunting on top of juggling everything in our lives. The best we can do is work consistently. I’ll add you as well next I log in there. Good luck with A-Z!

  8. I tried NaNo once (not the camp) and couldn’t get anywhere. I’m just not a fast writer and it’s too hard for me to not think of my earlier chapters when I write, but there’s no time to go back. I’m glad you have your draft done. I hope the editing and revisions don’t get you down.

    • I’m the same way but I found the Nano deadline to be quite helpful in forcing the need for perfection aside and just get the words out. As for the revisions, I’ve done a bit of it already but I still have ways to go yet. Thanks!

  9. Good for you! It will still prompt you to write more than you thought you could. I usually write during NaNo and now I know, I really need that prompt to get it done.

    • I agree. Even if you don’t hit your goal, I find it still forces you to produce more than you normally would without the prompting. Good luck with your writing and thanks for stopping by.

  10. Good luck with Camp NaNo. I’m sure you can catch up, but even if you don’t, it’s no big deal. Getting the words out of your head, and onto the page is what counts.

    Congratulations on completing your first draft, and moving onto revisions. I just reached that stage too, so I know what an awesome achievement it is.

    Good luck with your April literary endeavors.

    Clare Dugmore Writes

  11. Hope you’re having fun with Camp NaNo! Don’t worry about the word count, you’ll get there. I had a bit of trouble getting some words down for day 2 also, but a managed.

  12. survive…that’s it. That’s my goal.

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