April Showers Bring Spring Writing

As the old saying goes, April showers brings May flowers, or in this case bring spring writing opportunities. I’m over winter. I’m looking forward to more sun, warmer weather and lots and lots of writing! I have two major things to announce that will encourage writing. I’ve organized an online writer’s group and Camp NaNo is coming up in April.

Romance Writers Group

These last couple months I’ve been working on organizing a writing group for those that write in the romance genre. Any sub-genre is accepted except for erotica.

You’re probably like, “Why not include everyone?” It’s a good question. Just as fantasy and scifi have unique writing challenges, writing romance is not the same as writing chicklit or memoir, and erotica plays by their own rules. Romantic story arcs are structured differently than other types of fiction.

April Showers Bring Spring Writing Prospects

This group will be conducted entirely on Discord, a text and voice chat program. It’s available for both desktop computer or laptop and most smartphones.

On April 1, 2020, I will post an invitation link on my Twitter and Facebook Author Page so you can join the group.

What will you get out of this group? A writing group is more than just getting people’s opinion on your writing. It’s a place to learn your craft, critique others work and create a community of people who have at least one thing in common.

I hope you join me!

Camp NaNo

Also starting April 1, 2020, the people behind NaNoWriMo have decided that once a year is not enough to challenge yourself in your writing. So they came up with Camp NaNo.

Unlike NaNoWriMo, where you commit to 50,000 words in 30 days, Camp NaNo allows you to come up with your own challenge. It could be anything like committing to a certain word count every day of the 30 days, finish an edit of a book, or start a new book with a goal or more or less than 50,000.

April Showers Bring Spring Writing Prospects

I’m going to finish the second book of the upcoming Young Single Austens series, Imperfect Timing. I’d like to get to a total word count of 80,000 before May 1st. I have to admit that I’m cheating just a little. I’ve already started writing but no matter how you slice it 60,000-70,000 words is a hefty chunk for a 30 day period.

I always need friends and supporters so please friend me on the main NaNoWriMo website under the tag – gamermom. Let’s work together to achieve our goals!

Stay safe, check on your extroverts (they really aren’t ok – I’ve seen the fallout on Facebook among my own friends and family), wash your hands, and keep writing!


Homesite of author Whitney Sivill. I’m a mother of three, a wife and a student. In between, I write clean romances, fantasy tales, and mid-grade & young adult fiction. I might throw in the occasional fanfiction, too.

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