horror, NaNoWriMo, writing, writing challenge

Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2020

It’s April 1st and that means only one thing – no, not April fools – Camp NaNoWriMo!!!

Hey, wait a minute, doesn’t National Novel Writing Month take place in November? I hear you ask. Are you sure this isn’t an April fool?

Yes, you are quite right, eagle eyed reader. I can’t slip anything past you. National Novel Writing Month, with the goal to write a complete 50 thousand word novel in 30 days, does indeed take place every November. However, there are now two NaNoWriMo camps that take place every April and July. The participants decide what and how much they write within the 31 days, with the usual community support and spirit being in play.

Last year I didn’t have great success with NaNoWriMo. I signed up for camp, but never started my planned novel, and I didn’t reach my word goal in November.

This year is going to be different!

April 2020 Project

If you’ve read either of my short story collections, you will know of my zombie private detective, Dead Jimmy, and his long suffering nephew, Cory.

I’ve been playing around with the idea for a while, but I thought I’d take the plunge this month to do something fun. I’m going to write Dead Jimmy’s origin story.

Here’s a cover mock up I did for some inspiration. Thank you to Michael C Haensel, who left a lovely review of Return to Hades and Other Adventures on Amazon, from which the cover quote is lifted.

Blurb: Cory didn’t expect to get two earth shattering personal phone calls in one day. The first, from the police, telling him that his uncle who raised him had been murdered. The second, from said dead uncle, asking for his help.

Now Cory has to help his uncle solve his murder and recover his soul before his zombie status becomes permanent.

As he discovers that creatures from myth and legend are all true, Cory gains a deeper respect for his uncle and the job he once did for a living.

Learn the origins of the worlds foremost zombie detective in this horrifyingly hilarious novella – Dead Jimmy.

Coming soon. Blurb liable to change.


I’ll post weekly updates on my progress. I’ve set myself a goal of 1000 words a day, so it’s totally doable. Let me know what you think, and whether you’re taking part in Camp NaMoWriMo too.

6 thoughts on “Camp NaNoWriMo: April 2020”

  1. I like your Nano goal, and kudos to you for being brave and posting it. Now you can’t back out.:-) I am not doing Camp Nano, but I am doing a poem-a-day challenge for April because in the US it’s National Poetry Month.

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