One of the joys of the holidays is to spend time with the people you love. Unfortunately, in my case at least, the people I love live far away from where I live. This weekend’s trip, in particular, involved taking a full day car trip to visit.
Writing on the road can be a little messy, but it can be done. Provided you aren’t the type of person who gets car sick and can’t handle reading or writing on a road trip, of course. Because if you have that problem, your best bet is probably to take your ginger pill and listen to an audio book as you lean your head out the window.
But for me writing on the road is not only something I can do, but something I like to do. It fills hours of monotony quite well, and it’s very satisfying to see how my book builds.
All I do is play music in my earbuds, and type away on a full keyboard laptop, and it works. The trick is just paying attention to what you’re writing.
In other news I enjoyed my weekend stay with family a lot. I got to see my cousins who continue to grow like bean sprouts, and I could spend time with my ailing grandfather, so it was a good experience, if a little sad. Fantasy is a great way to escape from sad situations, but for now I am content with my life and my family and I will continue writing.
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.
Yes, I know I’ve already done a cover reveal for the first book in the series. But now I’m doing an even cooler cover reveal, because I have a new and improved cover! What do you think? I think it looks gorgeous and I’m so happy I did this. It was great to work with Stefanie at Beetiful Covers and I’m so excited to work with her for the rest of this series, and maybe for future series as well.
Do you like the new cover?