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50,000 Words In A Month

For the entire month of July I will be switching streams and writing something new and fresh. I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo (campnanowrimo.org), a site that encourages writers to write! No editing, just writing, getting 50,000 words out in a month. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve been able to free flow write, I have no idea what my success will be. I am looking forward to trying.

Project Torture is currently going through a “final” round of edits, before being shipped off to my beta readers and my editor. Her grand debut is getting close and I’m happy that she’ll be in the hands of someone else soon. I’ll use July as a chance to take a break, so that I can tackle any lingering problems with a fresh mind come August. It might delay my publication date but that’s a small price to pay to keep my inner muse humming.

NaNoWriMo is usually done in November. Since my son was born in November it’s a bad month for me. Last November I was busy making Thomas the Train decorations for his party, and then throwing myself into holiday preparation. This year I’ll be in an Angry Bird decoration frenzy, unless my son develops a new addiction before then. When I discovered NaNo did camps I knew it was right for me!

Since I’ve been bogged down by editing it’s perfect to let loose. The problem came in that I couldn’t decide what project to work on. Should I work on my fantasy love story? My horror? The third book in the Project Series that against my better judgment is starting to write itself? I went back and forth on these ideas for weeks. Only to have a fourth option jump up and push the others aside. The bully is a genre romance novel.

I’ve never written a genre romance book before. Until now I’ve been sticking with Women’s Fiction, concentrating on building strong supporting characters. Suddenly I am hit with a different kind of novel, though it could be a result of all the genre romance novels I’ve been reading! Whatever the reason I have a fun idea in mind and will be interested to see what spits out on the page. With any luck it will be half decent.

All in all, I’m excited. I love the thrill of free flow writing. Of figuring out where my story is going to go. My characters are already forming themselves in my mind, which is the hardest part of starting a new project for me. I’ve wisely chosen environments that I am familiar with and comfortable. So I can concentrate on the plot itself and where it takes me.

This will only be a month reprieve and then I will be right back to working on Project Torture. In fact, I’m sure there will be some overlap as I write the new romance. Wish me luck! And if you are up to a challenge, come join me at camp.

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