Today is the last day of Nanowrimo. If you were not aware of what that is, it is a challenge to encourage new and struggling authors to write a first draft to a book that runs through the month of November. It includes virtual writing sprints and encouragement to get people writing when they are stuck in a scene as well as in person meetups around the world to connect authors together for some live writing encouragement. It’s basically a celebration of all things writing, and as an author I am all for that.
I’ve participated in this challenge a few years in a row at this point. That’s actually how my first book came to be.
The book I wrote this year was the second book in the Shadeworld series, PS The Dragon Fights. My first ever Nanowrimo I tried to write this entire series as just one novel, but by the time I hit 100,000 words (an average book is more like 60-70k) and had barely begun the plot I realized that the story was waaay to big to fit into one book. Then I tried outlining like other more experienced authors had recommended I do and realized that if I just took the scenes I already had in my head right now I had eight books worth of chapters, and every time I wrote a book it felt like another several chapters popped up in my head so I feel confident that to tell this story well I am going to have to write all ten books I have since announced on this blog.
With this November done I am finally another book closer to that goal. Especially because I did something pretty radical and decided to not just write the first draft in a month, but write AND revise the entire book in just thirty days. I can tell you it was a real roller coaster and challenged both my professional skills and my perseverance, but I finally finished it all today. I’m looking forward to talking with you guys more tomorrow, but for now I am happy to celebrate my victory and I’m glad I got to share that with you all.