As I write this, midnight approaches on the East Coast of the United States, bringing with it the month of November, or for me, National Novel Writing Month. During this month, also known as Nanowrimo, I will attempt to write 50,000 words along with several thousand other people. I’ve successfully managed the task every year since 2009, but each year brings its own unique challenges.
If you’d like to join us in the attempt, please go to www.nanowrimo.org. When you sign up, you gain access to tons of support, from fellow authors to organized writing events in your area, to the website’s own tracking system. Three of my indy novels, In the Service of the King, Souls of the Everwood, and Balefire and Brimstone, were all written during past Novembers. The wonderful thing is that whether you finish or not, you’ll be closer to a completed novel than when you started. Souls of the Everwood was started in 2008, and I failed to write 50,000 words that year. While I only managed 8,000 words, I still ultimately completed the book. More importantly, I learned how much was happening in my life which didn’t help my writing, and how to make more time to write. If you have lots of ideas, there’s never enough time to write. I look on the entire endeavor as a chance to clean house on my writing efforts and become more disciplined and organized. If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to finally write that novel, please consider National Novel Writing Month. It’s a tough but great experience.
My first challenge will be to figure out exactly what I’m writing in the next 45 minutes. I’ll let all of you know on this blog in the next day or so.
As for other updates, I’m still working on freelance projects in the gaming industry, and I recently finished a novella as part of the Jack Heckel writing team. It’s a Christmas story, and I’ll post more about it in the next few days. The Darker Lord and The Darkest Lord are my two big projects, and I’m looking forward to seeing both of those published next year. Fans of the Charming series, please recommend the books to your friends or consider picking up The Pitchfork of Destiny if you haven’t. The more sales we have, the better the chance of getting to write more books in the series.
Happy November to everyone!