Write with me in April: Spring KazNo

So. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post at the Deadline Dames, I am currently rewriting The Stone Demon, but the moment that is off my desk (on April 2nd) I intend trying to finish my adult romantic UF. This is the one that used to be known as SOR* and will henceforth be known by its new title initials: BAS.

I only have a few weeks to work on it, and I would dearly love to finish the draft so that Agent M can see if it is in any way, shape or form something we might try to sell. After cutting some obvious crap from what I wrote previously, I have about 30,000 solid words. The draft will probably need to be more like 90K, but I might get away with 80K as a first draft – especially as I tend to add during revisions.

April, for me, is going to be an attempt at a sort of KazNoWriMo: 50,000 words on BAS that month. I’ll no doubt have to work on other things – I’m expecting copy edits for Falling to Ash at some stage, for example – but I’m determined to get to ‘The End’ of this adult novel.

I thought it would be cool to see if others want to write alongside me. We’ve done this before, and it usually works pretty well. Often, you guys end up putting me to shame! πŸ˜‰ But this time I’d like to run KazNo as more of a Set-Your-Own-Goals kind of thing. That way, more people can join in. Pretty much anything goes! Do you want to write first-draft stuff, but don’t want to commit to a NaNoWriMo pace of 50K? No problem! Aim for 20K or 30K. Are you revising? Revise your novel alongside those of us drafting. What about short stories: absolutely! Just tell us how many you’re aiming to write during the month. Same with poetry. And scripts – that’s totally cool, especially as April is actually Script Frenzy. (I really wanted to participate in Script Frenzy this year for the first time, but that’s not going to happen with my other work. Maybe next year!)

I’m going to keep this Spring KazNo simple:

– Sign up below in comments. Tell us you’re joining in and what you’re working on. Set your goals in the comment. Remember to make your goal(s) realistic, but also aim to challenge yourself a little.

– It’s okay to revise your goals during the month. Shit Life happens and we all understand that. This community will be all about support and encouragement.

– Official start will be Sunday, April 1st, but I won’t post a “Let’s Go!!” blog entry until Monday, April 2nd. You should feel free to get cracking on the Sunday, though.

– Final day of writing will be Monday, April 30th. I’ll post a “How did you do?” entry on Tuesday, May 1st. So that’s 30 days of writing available. I will probably only be able to write on about 25 of them, but hopefully that will be enough! You may be in the same position.

– There will be weekly check-in posts every Wednesday and every Saturday. I’ve never tried two check-ins a week, so it’ll be interesting to see how that goes. You do NOT have to feel pressured to check in every single time, but it would be nice to hear from you on one of the days each week. That’s the whole point of joining in! πŸ™‚

– Please try not to dwell on feeling bad if you’re not hitting the goals you set for yourself. Really. We have all been there. I am always there! We can support each other and cheer one another on in comments. Don’t apologise for your progress, or perceived lack thereof. Just consider revising your goals and keep moving forward.

– If you need to drop out at any time, that’s fine too. Nobody will shout at you.

– I do ask that you please keep Spring KazNo comments to the posts relating to it. If I blog about other stuff, that’s not the place to check in. Thanks for understanding.

Comment below to let me know that you’re joining in and what you’re working on! I’ll post a full list of participants on Monday, April 2nd 2012.


*Please note: that SOR post was a joke and the book was never actually called Sandstorms of Rapture. Not that it isn’t a great title… *g*

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49 Responses to Write with me in April: Spring KazNo

  1. RK Charron says:

    I’ll be starting a new ms YAUF in April.
    Goal: 50,000 words.
    It’ll be fun to do it with KazNo.

  2. Sara Fawkes says:

    Last year I finished a YA UF in your 50k challenge, I suppose this one is similar? πŸ˜€ I have a romance that I’m 12k into, hoping for 65k+ and would like it done by mid-May. Count me in!!

  3. Vick Linde says:

    Yes! One that I can really join in with.
    I think that a poem a day might be a bit much with all the other things I have to do but I should be able to manage four or five a week (I’ll decide before we get started).
    Looking forward to it, thanks Kaz,
    Vick x

  4. Becky says:

    I’d love to join in- deadlines and goals do wonders for WIPs!

    I’m working on the 2nd draft of my MG novel and it would be great to try to have this version done by the end of April, so that will be my goal.

    Thanks for the extra motivation!

  5. I’m writing a YA scifi/fantasy type. I think. Anyway, I’m going to set my goal to 15,000.

  6. Serena says:

    This will be my first NoWriMo of any kind so I’m really excited! I’m currently working on the rough draft of a fiction novel. I’m only at 5000 words. So my goal for this is 15,000 words πŸ˜€

  7. Shell says:

    My name is Shell, and I’m looking for any excuse to actually sit at a keyboard and finish the second draft of my novel Falling Sun. I’m a sci-fi and occasional YA writer. My goal is to take this 70k draft (written in a numbing 22 days, back in 2010) to full length – 110k – and perhaps make it readable πŸ™‚ mind you, have to fit this around day job and 3-month old daughter.

  8. Jani says:

    I participated last year and loved it. During that time I finished an YA UF that’s with a beta reader at the moment so it was a success for me. On that alone I’m definitely in for this year.

    I’ll be rewriting/2nd drafting another YA UF.

  9. Kate says:

    I’ll be writing the first draft of a fantasy YA… aiming for 60k in April. This is the kick in the butt I need to get this thing finished.

  10. Victoria says:

    I’ve been out of my writing world for a while, so I’m thrusting myself back into it. I have what I’ve finished of a rough draft (about three-fifths of the book) printed out, and I’m reading through it to remind myself what’s up with the characters and plot. So my goals for Spring KazNo are:

    1) finish reading what I’ve got so far, and make notes on it (but don’t make any major edits)
    2) redo the beginning
    3) work on it every day

  11. Shanna says:

    I’m in – again! I really enjoyed KazNo in November last year, it really worked out for me then. I did some more writing in December and January, but have been busy lately – and lazy. I did work on my book, just haven’t written anything really.

    So, I’m going to be working on my current project – one I started last summer. Dani Evans #1:The Secret World. I think I have around 45k … not entirely sure. I think I need another – what – 30k to finish the first draft. I intend to add more during revising as I have already thought of things I need to add in between. But I don’t want to do that while working on the first draft – finish the story first, then fix it!

    I’m really looking forward to be writing again with you Kaz! Really enjoyed our 1k1h last time.

  12. Paris says:

    I’m so excited. I love Kaznowrimo’s and I am desperately wanting to hunker down and finish the zero draft of my YA UF WIP (gotta love all the acronyms). I’m currently at about 28k and I want to get to at least 60k for this draft, which is super bare bones. Now I can’t wait for April 1st, although I probably won’t get much writing done that day since I’m celebrating my little brothers 30th birthday and then going to see one of my favorite bands in concert, but I have the 2nd off of work, so I should get lots down that day.

  13. Kim says:

    Brilliant idea! And perfect timing.

    I’m working on the sequel to my first book and would love to get a first, rough draft down by end of April. So I’m aiming for around 40k on top of the 30k I have already.

    Great to know we’re all in it together.

  14. Oh, I am so in! I am dying to get back to the novel I was *going* to write for NaNoWriMo, but I’ve still got 100K on my current revision. Hopefully it will go fast enough that I can join you. Brilliant idea!


  15. Victoria says:

    Count me in!

    I’m editing my first YA novel (fantasy), which I have been working on for around 16 months. Hoping this will help give me the push I need to finish.

  16. Jason says:

    Hey Kaz,
    Count me in! Seeing as I have to do my day job I’m going to set myself 30,000 words for April. I’m working on a first draft of a one-off novel called Hold Back the Dawn so I’m eager to see how I get on.

    All the best to everyone involved.

  17. music_lover3 says:

    I want to join! I’ll be working on two projects, one a rewrite (YA) and one a rough draft (adult). My goal is to write between 750 and 1000 words every day on whichever one strikes my fancy each day. (So far I’ve been alternating days between each project.)

  18. I can definitely use a kick in the butt… I finished the first draft of what I was working on in the November KazNo at 95,000 words – meaning I now have 200 pages to edit. I’ve been lazy so far. So much work. So much to get an overview of, structural decisions I’ll be faced with… plus, I have so many ideas for new stuff going through my head. And drafting is somehow more fun than editing at this point.
    So my goals are:
    1) If possible finish the fist round of re-reading / edits / structural rewriting of my finished draft.
    2) Write about 15k of new stuff, be it on my maybe-novel project or in the form of short stories.

  19. Sara Walker says:

    I am in!

    I will either work on the adult urban fantasy I’ve started and have all of five pages of, or I’ll work on the dystopian YA that keeps popping up like one of Kim Harrison’s burning bunnies.

    Either way, I’ll be aiming for 30-50k for the month. I don’t think this is too much as I was able to do 30k for Camp Nano last August and 50k for Nanowrimo, while also working a full-time job and being a mom to three boys. Since I’ve been laid off, I expect my biggest obstacle every day will be my confidence and self-esteem.

    Good luck, everyone!

  20. Kiaras says:

    I’m in, I’m in, I’m in. I’m absolutely nut-balls, but I’m in. My goal is 30,000 words on anything I can manage to get written.

  21. Isabel says:

    This is so convenient, as I’ll hopefully be focusing more on writing this spring because I don’t have other activities after school. I remember having so much fun last time.

    I don’t know precisely how many words I’d like to write, but I definitely want to make progress with my novel as well as hopefully a short story or whatever else I can get written. I’d say maybe a modest 10,000 words on anything I can get written outside of school. I’m always ridiculously busy and I’m not a particularly fast writer so if I achieve this then I will be very happy. If not, then I won’t be terribly surprised, but this should make me more productive. Thanks for the opportunity, Kaz! πŸ™‚

  22. Bridget says:

    Sounds great! My goal is 20k in April, which comes out to about 1,539 words every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Those are the days I can dedicate a lot of time to writing.

  23. Thank you so much for doing this, Kaz! I would really love to join.

    I need to finish the first draft of my new freelance writing project this April, and my other, equally important goal is to write at least 8,000 new words on my own novel WIP as well, working half-time on that. (I’d love to make the wordcount more, but I believe strongly that 8,000 words should be do-able even if life gets in the way.) I really love having the accountability of KazNo to help me along!

  24. Liz says:


    I am totes signing up for this. Grimm has to get done by the end of April so I’m very happy to put my name to this resolution. I’m 20k in and would love to do an extra 50k so that it can be practically a completed version. This, by the way, is my fourth rewrite. In fact, it is a rewrite from scratch as I trashed the previous manuscript and have started anew. *deep shuddering breath*

    • Kaz says:

      You can do it, Liz!! You have learned so much with those other drafts. This one will flow quickly & will be AWESOME. πŸ™‚


  25. Sarah (Essjay) Bryars says:

    Yay! This is really good timing for me. Thanks for doing this.

    I’d love to have a go. I’d like to write 50,000 on TWM in April – it’s a first draft and if I don’t get it done I’ll just let it drag.

  26. Tanya Byrne says:

    Hello there! Been sent this way by Liz de Jager. Totally up for this! Perfect timing for me. Going for broke and saying that I want to write the first draft of my second book so that’s at least 70k. BRING IT.

  27. Tom Pollock says:

    Yeah, alright. You know what? I’m in.

  28. Game on, Kaz!

    I may not be able to start until April 6, so I’m setting a more reasonable goal of 20K on book 2 in my YA UF series. *fingers crossed*

  29. Cindy says:

    YAY! Getting back into an old 1st draft that has around 10k in it.
    Really want to get to 30k by May! Glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  30. Charlotte says:

    Okay! I am going to give this a go. So excited.

    April goal: 25,000 words

  31. Kati says:

    I’m in.

    I’m hoping to finish my MS (Currently C/D, but no actual title) which I started for Nano and have been working on, but not dedicating enough time to lately.

    I’m shooting for 30,000 words or the ending. Whichever happens first.

  32. Kaye M. says:

    Okay. I’ll bite. After all, wasn’t it just the other day I was griping that I need some company while I write?

    I’m currently hammering out the first draft of “my baby” – a.k.a. a YA (somewhat alternate) historical fantasy. I guess my main goal would be to see if I can finish it off and start the revising process by the end of April. That’s a tall order, but I like having a good challenge to push me along.

  33. Yay! Deadlines! Support! Thanks so much for doing this, Kaz; I got a lot out of KazNo last year. I’ve been wallowing in submission hell but I’m determined to get stuck into a new project. I want to write a fast first draft in three months (I know that’s not fast to most folk, but I am a slooooow writer). So, my goal for April is 30,000 brand new first draft words.

  34. Memory says:

    Count me in! I want to complete the first draft of my SF mystery (unless I finish it in the next couple of days, which might happen), get a detailed revision outline in place, and revise at least the first third.

    I’d also like to complete a detailed revision outline for Part I my fantasy WIP, and perhaps write a loose synopsis for Part II.

  35. Nikki Egerton says:

    Yey I love KazNos!

    They have always been my most productive time of the year. I found it really useful last November to set the minimum wordcount of 30,000 words, but hope for 50,000. I found that knowing I could stop at 1000 words a day instead of painfully forcing out words actually set me free and I way overshot even the 50,000 word goal. So I’m going to do the same again, with a minimum goal of 1000 words a day on a zero draft YA Fantasty novel that is even invading my dreams at the moment.
    My working title is OftM πŸ™‚

    • Nikki Egerton says:

      Yes, I meant to say YA Fantasty. It’s a new genre combining a Fantasy setting with Tasty recipes ;o)

  36. Annabelle H says:

    I am so up for this. I need something to give me a kick up the ass so i actually start writing.

    I’m hoping to write 500-1000 words a day at the least. Its a YA Fantasy and I’m not going to throughly plot it like normal i’m just going to let it flow on it’s own and do what it wants. (which is incredibly scary as i’m normally in control and following a chosen path). But we shall see what happens. I’m going to spend the next few days planning then i’m ready!!!

    Good luck to everyone else too!

  37. Sara M says:

    This is perfect! I’ve tried NaNo twice, but it just doesn’t work out with a job in retail. I’ve been meaning to sit down and do my own NaNo. My original plan was March, but this month snuck up on me way too fast. And let’s face it, if left on my own I would probably continue to push it back. So this is great. My hours at work were cut a bit, so I need something to keep my spirits up b

    I am setting a goal for myself to write 40-50K on my YA Paranormal Romance. It’s been swimming in my head for years, and I really wanna get it out.

  38. Charlott Wood says:

    Im up for this πŸ™‚ I’m gonna aim for 40 000 words on an idea which comes from those moments when ur trying to fall asleep and u can’t

  39. Yanicke Forfang says:

    Count me in!
    My goal is to write AT LEAST 500 words, 4 days a week. I know that is achievable because I already do that πŸ™‚ I would like to write more – hence the emphasis on at least πŸ™‚ It is my bare minimum.
    I started writing this WIP in March 2009, got to over 150K at the end of last year and decided I’d be better off splitting it into two books. So after replotting the first half of the story to be a stand alone, I started writing in December and have written 38K to date. My overall goal is to keep novel under 100K (goodluck to me).
    Being a mum to two lovely boys (one 9 and one 13 months old), I try to limit my writing to when my littlest is having his naps. Doing this, I usually manage to finish a chapter (approx. 4K) every two weeks πŸ™‚ At this rate I hope to be finished by the end of the year!!! YAY!!!
    My WIP is an historical paranormal romance (YA) set in Scotland in the early 1700s.

  40. Rose says:

    I’m absolutely going to join. I hope I can make it to 15k. I need this motivation(;
    Thank you for the challenge!

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  42. Eve says:

    I’ve been meaning to leave a comment that I will join. I did this with you once before and it helped me get words in ink, but this time round my goal is smaller. I want to write 500 words a day for an even 15,000 (which makes me 1,000 words behind already). But my true goal is turn writing in a small habit where I write a tiny bit each day. I’m currently working on a set of novella’s about dragons, and trying to make writing as fun for myself as possible. The real world needs it’s stress-vents and writing is one of mine. Thanks for doing this, Kaz!

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