For those of you that haven’t heard of Nanowrimo, the National Novel Writing Month happens every November with writers from all over the world getting together online (and many in person) to crank out at least 50,000 words of a new novel in 30 days.
Back in 2013, I wrote the first draft of Robinson Crusoe 2244 for Nano and I hit my mark every day for the entire month. Of course, it actually took me 31 days to finish despite writing 2,500 words a day rather than the average of 1,666. But in the end I had a 75,000+ novel that vaguely resembles the first in the series that is available today. It was an awesome learning experience and proved to me – like so many others – I could actually write a book.
Last year, I had too much stuff going on to do Nano and secretly thought I didn’t need that kind of structure as I’d already done it once before. I wasn’t necessarily wrong as I did finish the first draft of 2245, but nowhere close to 30 days. Since then, I’ve come to see the benefits of a deadline imposed by others, and as the times have aligned accordingly, I dove in to writing RC 2246 today with 2,512 words.
With continued support from my peers, friends, and loyal readers, I hope to again hit my 2,500 word count every single day in November and have a first draft ready for rewrites come December. I’m much more confident with this one that I’ve been in the past as I know the characters, the world and the process. That being said, readers that have enjoyed the first two are going to love what I have in store for book 3. The action will still be intense, the world building will continue to grow stronger, and the characters will be tested in new and unforeseen ways.
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