It’s Nanowrimo this month, which if you’re not familiar with the event means many authors, including myself, are challenging themselves to do the near impossible.

Writing a Series in One Month, title on yellow dot at right, wow! hand drawn style speech bubble at left,on gray sweater writing on paper at crowded desk background photo

For most authors, this means writing the first draft for an entire book in just 30 days.

For me this year, this means writing the draft for an entire series in just 30 days.

Thankfully, I have a little bit of a head start. I have an outline, which helps me know where the story is going, even if I don’t yet know exactly which words will take us there.

I’m also fully stocked on snacks, caffeine, and time. Because you know, time is the main ingredient needed to do near impossible writing marathons like this!

I’ve made some good progress on my full book draft so far.

I’m a little behind at being only halfway through book one so far, but I’m still trucking along at drafting about 3 whole chapters per day. I’m pretty happy with my writing speed on this, and I think with a few concentrated marathon days to make up for any chapters I’ve fallen behind on I will be able to finish the challenge on time even with the occasional demands of things like a social life and business obligations and all that sort of stuff.

I think I’ll actually make it.

Handwriting a series draft in chartreuse green binder with mechanical pencil on top, on black desktop with looseleaf paper

It will be the fastest I’ve ever written a series before. And, I’ve found that writing it all at once like this, has also made it better writing because it never has a chance to fade out of my head or for the plot to get confused or forgotten from leaving it a little too long between writing sessions.

But we still need to keep in mind that writing a book is a challenge that takes many authors an entire year, or many, to accomplish. I’m trying to write 3 books in a month.

Wish me luck!

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