We interviewed the founder of JuNoWriMo, Becca J. Campbell and learned how the challenge started, the effort that goes into running an event of this scale, about her own writing and a lot of other interesting things along the way.
JuNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1667 words a day! It’s also a community of writers and aspiring writers to get together and offer support, motivation and friendship. It’s almost like NaNoWriMo except it’s in June instead.
About our Guest
An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality, Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.
Becca’s journey into writing began as many of her other creative endeavors do – by daring herself to try something new. The question “what if I wrote a novel?” and some hastily scribbled notes on a church handout were the inspirations that jump-started her first book. Since then she has written half a dozen additional novels and several shorter works.
Questions and topics discussed:
- What is JuNoWriMo?
- Why June?
- How has it grown over the years?
- What are the benefits of JuNoWriMo?
- Every November it seems somebody comes out with a piece about how NaNoWriMo isn’t for serious writers etc. What’s your response to the War on Fun?
- Shoutouts to the JuNoWriMo team
- How much work goes into organising the event?
- What’s your word count so far and what are you writing?
- Writing novellas in a series
- What’s your biggest wordcount for Junowrimo
- How long have you been using Active Campaigns
- You’ve recently switched from Mailchimp to Active Campaigns. Why did you make the transition?
- Tell us about your universe
- How she got started writing
- Why superhero thrillers
- Did you read comics as a kid? No.
- Loved X-Men movies
- What makes Active campaigns better?
- Please break the ice and tell us about you. (where are you from, what do you write and why?)
- Why that genre?
- Your book Empath seems to have the most reviews so far? Why do you think that is? Is it just a function of time (i.e. it’s oldest or did you do something especially right with marketing that one?) [Donald Trump voice: We’re going to shut down this podcast until we figure out what the hell is going on!]
- Looks like you’ve collaborated with other authors. What’s that process look like?
- What do you do when there’s a disagreement? Cage match or flip a coin?
- You’ve eschewed watching movies in favor of writing. How many hours a day can you write before your head blows up?
- How do you balance your writing life with your family life?
Links and mentions:
- Active Campaign <– Mailchimp on steroids
- Author Strong Podcast <– Part 1 of 6: Becca’s move to Active Campaign
- Playing for Keeps by Mur Lafferty <– as mentioned by Chrishaun
- UpCycledChicByBecca <– Becca’s Etsy store
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