Every October a wonderful writing even occurs throughout the United States called NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. The purpose is to get you to write the first or rough draft of an entire 50,000 (minimum) word novel in just thirty days. This is by no means an easy task. Most people are just coming down from their Halloween induced sugar high and are less than motivated, plus right there towards the end you have Thanksgiving and Black Friday with all their glorious distractions and excuses at the ready for why you as an author aren’t writing.
Last year was the first year I took the plunge to commit to such an immense and tight schedule of writing. Happily, I rose to the challenge and received my first NaNoWriMo win. The draft, at that time titled “Killing Time” later became my debut novel, Remembering Lauren, now available at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. Don’t misunderstand me, it wasn’t just a flurried month of writing and then poof!… out popped a fully completed novel. Oh no… when the month ended that’s when the real work began.
Three months of revising and plugging plot holes resulted in some characters hitting the cutting room floor to leave room for plot moving content and depth to those that remained. Another six weeks of editing got to the point where it could be sent to the beta readers, hand selected to be brutally honest and critical. A month later, those responses were compiled and another six weeks of revising, editing and yes… cussing commenced, until a final copy emerged that I could be proud of. In August of 2016 it was available for pre-order and that began several months of intense marketing to let you, the most important readers, know it was available for your reading pleasure.
It seemed like no time at all had passed before November was upon me again and I threw myself into NaNoWriMo 2016 with all the gusto (and slightly more confidence) than 2015 had seen. The result? An extremely rough draft for the sequel to Remembering Lauren, currently with the working title of Evan Remembered (though I have no doubt that may change in the coming months of revisions).
I am now taking the next couple of weeks off from writing to read a colleague’s book, of which I will review in a later post. Until then, dear readers, enjoy the holidays and read, read, read.