My personal NaNoWriMo

November just arrived, and I thought I’d share my big plan for the month with you.

First though, I am happy to tell you that Covenant has already gone through the first round of edits, and should be out by the end of the month (no promises- it’s not ready till it’s ready).

I´ve been following the blog of Dean Wesley Smith since 2011, and lately I´ve really taken the time to read up on his ideas and advice when it comes to developing as a writer to become more prolific. Now this is a guy who´s written well over a 100 novels and hundreds (at least) of short stories. He´s probably best known to readers because of his many Star Trek books, or the novelizations of Men in Black, Spiderman, and X-men, among other things. To writers he´d known as one of the most prolific writers out there, and a well of helpful (and sometimes tough) advice, both on the writing craft and the business side of things. Every day he puts up a blog post where he details his day, and I am constantly amazed at the amount of work he gets done. These posts, along with his books on writing, is what inspired me to try something new and different this month.

Every November there is something called NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, where writers aim to finish the first draft of a novel within a month. Now, Dean Wesley Smith does that regularly (along with a bunch of other things), but I´m nowhere near his level, so let´s not get ahead of ourselves… But NaNoWriMo is a great idea, and one that pushes writers, established and aspiring, to produce their stories and get more writing done. And since I first heard of this event I´ve wanted to try it for myself. I don´t care about registering or all that, but I just wanted to see if I can write a book in a month. I wanted to push myself to write faster, because I actually believe that faster writing, while in a state of flow, will produce better stories. And now I think the time is right. I just finished the manuscript for Covenant, I am more in control of my own time, and I have sort of developed a way for me to write better, faster than ever before (I´ll get back to that in a later post).

A while ago (actually, I believe it was early 2014), I mentioned that I had a super secret project going, alongside writing the final book of the Exodus Trilogy, and then later Rift. I have since revealed that the super secret project is Impact, the novel where we go back to see what happened to those left behind after the starship Exodus left Earth. And I had lots of different parts done, when I finally, last month, decided that I´m going to scrap everything I´ve written (except for a small part that only my email subscribers may have read, or those who purchased the Exodus Trilogy Omnibus edition, since it is included as a bonus). To start on a blank page, with the characters and the setting, and an idea of some of the events that will occur at some point during the book.

Now, I have the story, or at least the bones of it, in my head. And I will be using my own personal technique to get the words flowing, and when December 1st comes around, I plan to have a relatively clean draft ready. Then it is off to my editor, and I plan to release the book no later than December 31st.

And my editor is already booked for December, so there´s no backing out of this… 😉

Wish me luck!

4 thoughts on “My personal NaNoWriMo

  1. Danny Taylor

    I do wish you luck with this new endeavor and look to see you be totally successful!

    Will be looking for some good news of how it’s going!!

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  2. David J. Wagner

    Hi Andreas
    Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for earth post apocalyptic collision with an asteroid. As far as spews writing goes, don’t get to formulaic in an effort to writing something in a month. I’d rather see you take a longer approach that results in a more intriguing theme. Just my opinion.
    Dave

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  3. Andreas Post author

    Hi guys, and thanks for your comments!
    I would certainly never substitute speed for quality, but here´s the thing: I´ve found that when I write fast, I am actually more creative. Also, I find that the “faster” sections tend to flow better with the narrative as a whole, than the scenes where I´ve struggled with getting words on the page. Especially if I´ve let myself write more freely, perhaps with just a sentence or two for a writing prompt, rather than a detailed outline. I think it´s all about finding that rhythm, or achieving the so-called flow state, where the story more or less tells itself. Of course, when you write fast you will make more typos and grammatical mistakes, but those can be fixed. The story though, tends to get better, not worse, by writing fast. That´s the main reason I´m experimenting a lot with this.

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    1. Danny Taylor

      Go for it….you’ll have a huge feedback bump either way….then you’ll know how to adjust!

      Many folks are like me in that I will drop an author in a heart beat if his/her books become to much like “Copy and Paste” books….but I’m sure your not going to go there!!

      I believe in your work ethic and desire to be the best you can be!

      Good luck!!

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