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I'm going to summer camp!

Eagle-eyed followers of my various social media feed will have seen this logo showing up all over the place just recently:


Those of you who're aware of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), will be shouting "it's not November, the year isn't passing that quickly!" And you're right. This is NaNoWriMo Summer Camp.

So what do you have to do?

It's a bit of a 'free for all', you can set your own project and your own word count and then jump in and take part for the whole of July!

So what are you doing?

I'm planning to publish a book of short stories in October to celebrate my 50th birthday. The book will be called "50 Years In The Making" (see what I did there?).

There will be a pile of stories (I don't know how many yet, but around 40,000 words I hope). There will be vampires and cowboys and ordinary people and extraordinary people. The stories will range in length from around 300 words to 2,000-ish, so there should be something in there that you'll enjoy.

How many words a day then?

I already have just over 4,000 words worth of stuff that I know I want to include, which means just under 36,000 to go, Breaking that down, I'm looking at having to write a little over 1,000 words a day, every day, for the whole of July.

I have some ideas for a few stories, so I'm not completely flying blind (woo hoo!)

If there's a theme of a title or just something you'd like me to write a story about feel free to pop a comment below and I'll see what I can do - no promises though.



So you won't actually be camping then?

Well, I am in a virtual cabin with 19 other writers from around the world, all writers of gothic/vampire kind of stuff, so that'll be fun and I might actually get the tent out in the back garden for a bit of adventure.

The important thing for me is that I'm actually really looking forward to doing it and just focussing on one project for a whole month (even though I have TWO more books projects floating around).

Anyway, I promise to keep you updated on my progress, so don't forget to check back. And do let me know if there's something you'd like me to write to include in the mix.

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