For the first time in years, I'll be participating in the July Camp NaNoWriMo. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It's held each November and the challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. The camps are held each April and July. For a pantser like me, the NaNoWriMos are fun and frustrating.
The last camps I participated was in 2014. I wrote the first drafts to Justice in April and Timewatch in July. But in November, I worked on, but didn't finish, Return To Origin. It's still kicking my butt. The last NaNoWriMo I did was in 2015, when I wrote a second collection of short stories. At least that first draft is finished, though it needs some serious editing before any editor or beta reader gets a peek at it.
Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow and I'm ready. Okay, I cheated a bit. I have already written over 10,000 words. The book's title for the moment is Lake Ramsey. It's the second book in the Joel Brent series, with the first being Justice. A big thank you goes out to Mona Herbert for inspiring me to write this story.
On the editing Project Info page, there is a box where you can write the synopsis of your story. I wrote what I had at the time and realized that I had a decent blurb. It was only missing the stakes, because I haven't made it that far into the story yet. Sadly, I did better with Lake Ramsey's blurb than I did with the blurb for Justice, which still isn't finished.
With laptop on lap and pen in hand, I'm ready. Parts of the story have already gone sideways (thank you, Anne Troy - challenge accepted) and that only gets me stoked to write more.
As my characters Bryan Mixon (A Flash In Time from The Acts of 1) and Senior Agent Dean Haskell (A Flash In Time, Rickshaw, New Mexico, and the soon to be published Timewatch) would say, let's rock and roll!!