A Return To Form

I seem to have pretty much gotten over my lost-data-what-am-I-going-do scare on Wednesday and as a result the last couple of days have been pretty good for writing. For a start the Faded Skies project is coming along nicely, with just under five thousand words in three days (and this achieved despite the presence of a full-time day job) and so far I’m quite pleased with what I’ve written. Of course, six months from now when I read it back for editing I’ll hate every word, but for now it’s the best writing ever in the history of ever and I am going to be bigger than JKR. Maybe.

In other news I’ve signed up with NaNoWriMo and I’m considering taking part in the April event. For the uninitiated, each Nano event consists of tens of thousands of authors (both published and non-published) working towards a goal of 50,000 words each within just one month. Traditionally NaNo have run their events in November but this year they’re having one in April and one in June, both under the banner of Camp NaNoWriMo. Participants who reach their goal are rewarded with various discount offers and freebies from the various sponsors; last year CreateSpace offered five free copies to all authors who made their 50k and then went on to publish their work with them, for example. In addition, participants can invite their friends, family and blog-readers to sponsor them, with the sponsorship money going to various projects aimed at promoting writing in schools and colleges.

Now, I don’t know if I will be taking part in the first one as I’m going to be moving house in April but I’m certainly interested in participating at some point. It all depends on what else is going on in my life. If I’m halfway through working on a Faded Skies novel when an event starts then I’m going to focus on that rather than start something new. However, if I am in a position to start something new and I do decide to take part then I will be posting about it here. I’ll also be asking anyone who reads this blog, along with all of my friends and family, to sponsor me, though that bit isn’t mandatory.

Even if I don’t take part myself, I would certainly encourage any writers or wannabe writers reading this to join in. The more people involved the higher the potential for sponsorship and that in turn means more money for promoting creative writing as a viable career choice for future generations.

Anyway, that’s enough soap-boxing from me. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and come back soon for more bloggy goodness.

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