Armadillocon Writing Workshop Manuscripts Due Soon and Maybe Sooner…

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The workshop last year was nearly at capacity. Honestly, if I had my druthers I would love to coordinate an infinitely scaleable writing workshop, but alas we are bound by space and time i.e. the hotel’s undeniably solid walls and finite number of tables and chairs.

While we may not reach capacity (I don’t predict infinite growth being a regional convention/workshop after all), I will be cutting off enrollment at 70. If we do go beyond that vaulted number, I will initiate a waiting list. If that does come to pass, I’ll post more specifics about how that will work after the submission deadline.

If you want to lock in your spot in the workshop, consider submitting sooner as opposed to later. The HARD deadline is MIDNIGHT on Friday, June 14th. This will be in effect whether we reach our limit or not, because DEADLINES dammit! Seriously, treating deadlines with respect will get you a long way in your writing career, so write like the wind and remember “perfect is the enemy of the good.” Aim for good and on time.

Click here for information about how to submit and to check out this year’s amazing faculty!

Join me at the Armadillocon Cabin at Camp Nanowrimo this April.

Do you have two thumbs and some writing to accomplish in April? I know I do. I did a traditional National Novel Writing Month YEARS ago and enjoyed it for what it was. While I did NOT get a viable novel out of it, I did love the camaraderie. And publicly stating – and tracking – my word-count goals over that month was productive. I’ve got a novel to finish this spring so when notification about April’s Camp Nano came around it felt like kismet.

April also happens to be a great time to generate material if you are considering signing up for the Armadillocon Writing Workshop. The deadline to submit a 5,000 (or less) word story is Friday, June 14. That means as of May 1, you would have a solid six weeks to revise and polish something for the workshop.

I like Nanowrimo because you can set whatever goals work for you. Sure, the standard template is 50,000 words in a month, but that is only a suggestion. I need about 25,000-30,000 more words to finish out my novel and I also want to get back to blogging, so I’m setting a goal of 35,000 words next month. That works out to about 1,450 words six days a week, which I know is doable for me. 1,000 daily words on the novel and the rest can go to blogging.

Be creative, think about what serves YOUR writing next month. Maybe you have revisions to work on. Revising four pages (in standard manuscript format) per day = 1,000 words. Maybe you like to revise as you go or just move through your drafts more slowly, set a goal of 250 words a day (one double spaced page), that would be 7,500 word goal for the month. A perfectly reasonable goal as writing is about quality over quantity, IMHO.

So, if you think an endeavor like this will serve your writing, it would be my pleasure to write-along with you. I’ve created an “Armadillocon-or-Bust” cabin. If you would like an invite to the cabin, make a profile at Camp Nano and then leave a comment here with your Nano handle.

If you’re not writing for the Armadillocon workshop you can still find me at Camp Nano in April as Curiousworlds.

See you in the word mines!

I’m back baby!

Last year when I started working on my novel in earnest, I felt that I needed to give myself the space to focus on it exclusively. I put aside both writing short stories and this blog. I had hoped to complete the novel in one year but I’m now looking at something more like 18 months. I am happy to adjust my goal in this case. I have learned so much about writing long-form fiction as I have slowly scaled the mountain that is this draft. I still have a lot to learn, but now that finishing is on the horizon, I’m ready at least to rejoin the blogosphere.

While I haven’t been blogging, I have been doing other things with both online and IRL writing communities, and I will be putting together the Armadillocon Writing Workshop (see sidebar) again this year. Since I need to get some more words written for my novel and also need to get the word out about the workshop I’ll be hosting a cabin at Camp Nano in April. Check out the next post for more information.