In my previous post I talked about the benefits of sharing your work with other people, noting that it helps to motivate one (at least me) to keep writing. It seems to be doing the trick; I’ve made some small progress with editing but it’s more than I’ve written in months. Over half of the latest draft of Jasper is completed, but I’ll probably give it another couple of edits before I feel it’s ready to be released.
Thanks to someone on CritiqueCircle, I just found out about this event next month and it couldn’t come at a better time. I was considering taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo in July, but as that’s more geared toward getting a first draft and the former focuses on editing, it’s a better fit for Jasper.
Attention aspiring novelists, get your manuscripts (and your coffee!) ready for Novel Boot Camp! It’s a brand new writing course and workshop that will be offered for FREE throughout the month of July.
There will be lessons/lectures and a homework assignment every weekday. There will also be workshops where your fellow boot-campers and I will help polish your prose to perfection.
Unlike other online writing events, Novel Boot Camp focuses not on the writing process, but on editing a novel you have already written. It’s not about word counts or brainstorming, it’s about figuring out what’s NOT working with your novel so that you can make it stronger and more appealing to agents, publishers, and readers.
You don’t have to have a full novel to participate (though most of a first draft is ideal), and you do not have to participate in every assignment or workshop. This commitment is as big or as small as you want it to be.
So I’ll be a part of this throughout July with Jasper, representing CritiqueCircle with some other writing buddies.
This weekend I’ll be taking another swing at Weekend Writing Warriors with a new Jasper excerpt!