My fellow writers, in case you weren’t aware, Camp NaNoWriMo begins next Thursday and the folks over at NaNoWriMo.org have declared April National Novel Finishing Month, or NaNoFinMo. Whether that means finishing a past NaNoWriMo project that didn’t reach the finish line of 50,000 words, or in my case, expanding the novel I won with last November to at least 80,000 words, here’s hoping we can all find some motivation this year to finish our novels!
As some of you may recall, my original plan was to have not only finished “Elder Rites“, the first volume of my as-yet-untitled fantasy series by now, but to have edited it as well, thence to start formatting it for self-publication at least by the end of April, as I was aiming for a release in May. But things didn’t turn out that way. Chalk it up to writer’s block, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, or just plain laziness (or a combination thereof), but I haven’t written a word of that WIP since December. So I’ve created a new goal for Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoFinMo, the aforementioned 80,000 words (but really that means I’m only committing to writing 30,000 new words since I already wrote 50,000). I’d try for another 50,000 but that might prove too stressful. Besides, the weather is getting warmer and speaking of camp, I’m going to want more leisure time to enjoy the great outdoors. I can’t wait to start hiking again.
I also need time for a new project I’m working on for this blog, a series I’m very excited about which I’m calling “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers & Gamemasters”. You’ll soon find the first of these entries in the Worldbuilding category, and also of course, under the worldbuilding tag. I already have three old blog entries on this that only need a bit of updating and perhaps expanding on before I republish them, and then I plan to continue the series from there with all new material. So look forward to a worldbuilding how-to guide with lots of handy tips and insights for creating your own fantasy settings for fiction or tabletop role-playing games!