Help Requested

As some of us may be aware, the start of Camp NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching. One of the points which differentiates Camp from a typical (November) NaNo season is the flexibility built in. A writer doesn’t have to focus on a single 50,000 word novel, but can instead set their own goals and “tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories.”

I typically have started each session with a new novel, from scratch. This year though, as I had not been expecting to be able to participate, I won’t have a new novel planned or ready and will instead be continuing the editing/revising process of Helklim.  This is one story I have shared a few excerpts from at our monthly meetings, and is best described as a historical fiction piece. With that said, would anyone in our group be interested in joining me in the refining process as a second set of fresh eyes? Depending on your interest, I’m either looking for one (or both) of the following:

  • Story continuity between:
    • Scenes,
    • Characters (and their individual arcs)
    • Overall pacing of the story arc
  • Line and paragraph level edits:
    • Grammar,
    • Word choice (with free permission to question my sometimes archaic phrasing),
    • Sentence type
    • Ability to pronounce names (location, character, constructed languages/s)

My personal goal is to either edit or write (adding story as part of the revision) approximately five pages a day, though this number may change as I work on the story in piecemeal format until the start of Camp. How we work out these discussions is entirely up for discussion, and I’d be more than happy to send the current draft/s of the story to develop a background knowledge ahead of time. Or, we could meet for coffee/tea/whatever your choice and talk things out. It’s up to you.

About Jennifer P

Teacher, writer and Scadian, with many hats and interests varying from the modern study of philology to the medieval practices of calligraphy and illumination.

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