Road Maps

Would you start a journey without a road map?  Well, in this day and age you might, because you’d rely on a GPS or the mapping software on your smart phone.  But I’m old enough to remember using road maps to find my way to places, and I still have a bunch of them in one of my cars.  Many of my road maps are tattered and worn.  They got quite a lot of work during the many years I spent traveling to Civil War reenactments.  I hold on to them, partly out of sentiment and partly because paper maps never need recharging or lose signal.

The other week our cabin leader for Camp NaNoWriMo asked everyone to share their synopsis for their story.  Many of my bunk-mates did, and I was really impressed with what they shared!  Then I was really upset, because I don’t have a synopsis for my current project.  I’m sure I had something in mind when I started, some key ideas and some plot points I knew I’d want to hit, but I had nothing in writing.  That’s usually how I operate.  I am a pantser, not a plotter.  But I forget – when you have a road map you are not limited to taking one route to your destination.  A good map shows you multiple routes.  You can figure out your own detour or, if you make a wrong turn, you can find a way to get back on track.  I went into this writing journey with no road map, relying on the GPS of my brain, but it seems like my brain has lost signal.  I’m feeling a bit lost and I really could use that road map right now.

So I’m creating the road map now, even though I’m a bit late.  I’m hoping it will help me get back on course so I can finish this first draft AND complete Camp NaNoWriMo successfully.  And stop being the slacker in my cabin.  So here we go – here’s my synopsis:

After an investigation at a local community theater, ghost-hunters Kate and Alex must work with their team to determine if the threats directed at them have a paranormal source, or if the danger they are facing comes from someone living. 

There we are.  It’s written down now.  And typed on a blog.  Now to see if I can get myself back on course.

Heading to Camp!

Camp NaNoWriMo that is! That’s right – you don’t have to wait for November to do NaNoWriMo. The great folks at the Office of Letters and Light offer Camp NaNoWriMo as well. This year there are camping sessions in April and July. Camp is a bit different than November’s NaNoWriMo. For one thing, you choose your word-count goal. Want to do 50,000? Go ahead. Want to do less (or more) than that? That’s fine too. You decide! The other thing that’s different is that at camp there are cabins. A cabin is a group of fellow writers. You can create your own cabin or join one with friends, or be randomly assigned to a cabin (or, if cabins aren’t your thing, you can go it alone).

I’m very excited to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I’m using the camp to complete my first draft of my current manuscript, tentatively titled Ghostly Witness. I’ve set my word-count goal at 30,000 and I think that’s realistic both to complete in April and complete the first draft. I’m also excited to be part of the Cabin of Creative Misfits, started by Natasha Raulerson. We’ve got different genres and different word-count goals, but that doesn’t matter.  We’re all in this together.  I’m looking forward to getting to know my bunk-mates, cheering folks on, and seeing all of us succeed! I’ve seen some of my bunk-mates descriptions of their novels and I want to read them all! It’s going to be a good Camp!