Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

In less than two weeks Camp NaNoWriMo begins its first session for the year! For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month that takes place in the month of November. Writers from across the globe flock together and work hard to hammer out 50,000 words towards their first draft of a new novel in just 30 days. The Camp edition of NaNoWriMo is a bit different. As you get to set your own goal for the months of April and July. You don’t have to just do word counts either; you can do number of hours, lines, and so forth. You can even be a part of virtual cabins during camp months that have you either sorted randomly with about 19 other writers, or you can find your way into a private cabin. The virtual cabins come with a private chat room for your bunkmates and yourself to communicate in throughout the month.

For me, the month of April 2018 will be my second time participating in camp. My first time was a success last year July, when I signed myself up to write 50,000 words for a different project. This time around however as I continue on with an already in progress draft for my yet to be titled debut horror novel, I’m wanting to give myself a bit of leeway to take my time with the words I am writing out. This isn’t the first draft and I’m not on a mission to hammer out a bunch of words in hopes of getting the bones of my story down. With that in mind I’m not going to set my goal too high, I’m shooting to add another 20,000 words at the very least to what I already will have done by the end of this month.

So what is this Untitled horror novel about? Well here’s the cheap synopsis of the basic concept for those who weren’t hanging out in my social media last November.

Rian Endsly was supposed to be taking an innocent ride on the carousel. She only closed her eyes for a moment, but it was long enough to be pulled into The Operator’s twisted world. Rian quickly discovers she must fight for her life or lose her very soul.

A much better description of this novel will be written after this draft is complete. I’m actually a little embarrassed to share the ‘cheap’ version of the synopsis, but a lot of changes and additions are taking place in the draft I’m presently working on. Therefore I don’t want to give a more detailed synopsis at this time. A new character for example is being introduced, which definitely adds more storyline for my protagonist. I’m really excited about this addition along with other changes being made to the story. Of course more information on all of this will come in due time.

Currently in my prep for Camp NaNoWriMo, I’m debating how I want to be assigned a cabin. Do I want to be randomly placed in a public one? Do I want to seek out an invitation to join a private cabin? Or do I want to start my own private cabin and look for bunkmates? Last year I was randomly placed. It was pretty nice, I actually got to chat with a few other writers who were also randomly placed and we connected on the main NaNoWriMo website at the end. However, I’m not sure if I want to try for random luck again or if I want to do it differently this time. Either way, I’ll be writing – but it’s nice to be able to communicate regularly and cheer other writers on who are working towards their own goals as well.

Now as we approach April, I can assure all who read my blog I will be sharing my progress throughout the month. I’m also very seriously considering sharing a better excerpt from this draft than what I shared last November from the first. Perhaps if there is enough interest in reading it, I’ll just have to bite the bullet and be sure to do it.

Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo next month? If yes, what are you working on? What is your goal? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO, Jane

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