Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2015

Okay, friends, here is the official announcement: I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I also plan to participate in the Camp NaNoWriMo in July, but that is Summer Kate’s issue.

campingFor those of you who don’t know, Camp NaNoWriMo is a month-long event in which writers commit to their personal writing goals. Unlike National Novel Writing Month in November, where writers challenge themselves to write 50,000 words, during Camp NaNoWriMo, writers can write, edit, revise, plot, etc. however much or little they like.

My goal for April is to write the first draft of my next novel. Logically, I should probably be writing the sequel to The Cogsmith’s DaughterHowever, I have decided to postpone writing book two in The Desertera Series until The Cogsmith’s Daughter has been finalized and is on its way to publication. Instead, I will be writing the first book in an intended trilogy, titled Desert Child.

Desert Child will be (I think) a young adult (or new adult) dystopian novel. I’m also thinking about writing it in first person, which will be a drastic change from The Cogsmith’s Daughter, but it feels right so far.

Desert Child follows the life of Izel, who lives in a small village in the desert – a la the Native Americans of the U.S. Southwest. The novel opens with the death of the village’s high priestess. After her funeral, the witch doctor (better name to be constructed) declares that the high priestess must be replaced. He summons Izel and other young women from the village to go through a series of spiritual and physical trials to determine which one of them is destined to be the next high priestess. Magic, near-death experiences, and teenage angst ensue.

There’s also a pretty cool twist at the end. But, obviously, I can’t tell you that.

To get a better feel for Desert Child, check out my inspiration board on Pinterest.

baby grootSupporting me during Camp NaNoWriMo journey is my writing mascot, Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. This Baby Groot figurine was a Valentine’s Day gift from Daniel, and I cannot wait to write with him. You can follow our writing adventures on Instagram at #babygrootwrites (even though I’m probably the only person on the planet who will use it).

My other support will come from my cabin of groovy gals (guys allowed, just unrepresented). The Camp NaNoWriMo website encourages writers to join or gather “cabins,” which are basically virtual support groups. There are seven of us in the cabin right now, but I believe Camp allows 12 in a group. So, if you are doing Camp NaNoWriMo and want to join us, leave your username in the comments and I’ll add you!

Well, that’s it for me today! Feel free to give me your initial reactions to my next novel idea, and let me know if you’ll be at Camp this April, too!


Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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32 comments on “Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2015
  1. Nikki B. says:

    Okay I admit it, your baby Groot is adorable! I keep Snoopy nearby with me when I do NaNo, so he’ll be coming to camp with me. Hmm. Perhaps my camp hashtag should be #snoopywrites? 🙂

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  2. I’d first like to say that your novel idea sounds quite interesting. I’d also like to say that I hope you don’t put off the next book in the series for too long because if the cogsmiths daughter is as good as it sounds, and I think it will be, people (myself included) will be anxious for the next book. I hadn’t thought about camp NaNo but I’m already getting emails about the next book in the series and now feel like I need to get it out. So…what the hell…I’ll join in on camp NaNo

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    • Yay! Once you create your profile and project, feel free to shoot me your username if you want to join in our cabin. No pressure, of course!

      And thank you. I’m happy to hear my next idea is intriguing to you. As for the sequel, it will be the next one I write after April. I just don’t want to start it and then have a major change during editing TCD and then have to rewrite a lot. But I appreciate your faith and enthusiasm.

      And I agree with your fanbase. You better get working on book two soon!

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  3. all the best in your nanowrimo

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  4. I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo too, to finish edits on my first novel, Shelved, which I started in November’s NaNoWriMo. I wrote it in third person but I really prefer first person. I’m in a full cabin. Good luck!

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  5. jaycegrae says:

    I too have a babygroot. Luck of the best kind to you both! 🙂

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  6. amo says:

    Yes! Put me in your cabin! My username is amo1967. This is the first time I’m doing Camp Nano with an actual novel; the last couple of years I used it to motivate me to get my grad school papers written. So I’ve never done cabins before. My goal is to get down 40K words of book 4 in my Septimus series, Star Bright. This should be fun!

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  7. Nufira says:

    Can I join your cabin? This is my account Thanks! :))

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  9. […] most of you know, this April my focus in on Camp NaNoWriMo. As I said in my week two update, I am behind on my rather lofty Camp NaNoWriMo goal. However, the […]


  10. Amanda says:

    I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo too! I’m almost done; I write novellas during the camp sessions, so my word count is 17,500. I’m around 12k now.

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  11. […] list and freaking out over my impending job search. Writing-wise, I started the first draft of Desert Child for Camp NaNoWriMo, only to abandon it after receiving my content editor’s and beta readers’ feedback […]


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