Camp NaNoWriMo Round Up 2018

pexels-photo-735837.jpegI am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and will not be making regular updates this month.  This post serves as a general update on Camp NaNoWriMo and some other hot topics I’ve seen online.

Camp NaNoWriMo

I am continuing my rewrite of the novella I finished last year.  It’s going from a 30K word zero draft, to a more fleshed out 90K novel.  It is currently at 50K and I want to complete the draft during Camp NaNoWriMo this month.

So far I’ve written about 6,200 words, I know I’m a bit behind. But, I am going to be spending a good deal of time writing this weekend.

Twitter & Pitch Wars

If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed that I retweeted about pitching and querying.  I don’t have a strong stance on the Pitch Wars entry fee that created a stir online last week (and which was later replaced with their free model).  However, there were some good opportunities coming out of that which I wanted to share.

The Plan (Currently)

The discussion made me start thinking about my current strategy.

I will be looking for agents only once I have several published short stories, a draft I feel good about sharing beyond the sphere of my writing friends, and proposals for at least five more books.  I have some experience in the business world and I want to make sure I have a portfolio to offer before I look for an agent.

The guiding principles of my strategy are the following:

  • More Stories and Story Ideas = A long term source of revenue for the agent and the author.
  • Published Short Stories = They take less time to create and help me build a platform.
  • Building Platform = Maintaining a blog and actively using Twitter not only informs my audience, but shows an agent I’m willing to learn and actively work on self-marketing.

Ready Player One

I just had to watch this movie once I heard about it.  It was fun and I had a good time catching references and Easter eggs.

Discord Servers

I recently discovered the wealth of writing groups located on Discord servers.  Though admittedly they all vary a good deal, it is nice to find another outlet for connecting with other writers in a chat format.

This Reddit thread is a good place to start looking at the server options that are out there.

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Writing Excuses

The name of this post is a bit of a double entendre.  For one, I’d like to point those interested in writing to the podcast titled “Writing Excuses” put on by Wesley Chu, Piper J. Drake, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mary Anne Monhanraj, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Taylor, and Dan Wells.  It contains fantastic information and writing advice from established authors, I have enjoyed it and found that it does help my own writing.

Now, the other reason for the title is my excuses for not posting as often this spring.  I have been deep into edits and my day job has been extremely busy as of late, and both have cut into the time I have for keeping up with the blog as often as I’d like to.

There is some good news though, I have gotten a good deal of notes prepared on my novella and have been working on rewrites.  The short story collection I’m working has been put on pause for the moment.  I do have a few micro fictions I’d like to get posted here in the next few weeks.

And in the section of general geeky updates, I’m finding myself identifying more with Dr. Strange out of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes.  This has a great deal to do with my recognition that I need to take care of myself and not just my projects.  I tend toward worrying and anxiety, both of which have been catching up with me.  As a result, I’ve been looking into the benefits of yoga and aromatherapy to help keep myself centered and grounded.  There may be more here on that later.

Hope you are all having an amazing day!