October is just about outta here.
Which means November is nearly upon us, friends. Do you know what that means? Check your calendar. Go ahead, check it. It’s okay, I’ll wait.
Does your calendar happen to mention that November is National Novel Writing Month? If not, mark it! This is important!
NaNoWriMo, as it’s called, is where writers all over the world attempt to write an entire novel in thirty days. There is a whole online community for it that’s really grown over the years. With prizes, awards, and legit book deals for authors when it’s all over and everything. Now, the ultimate goal is not to have a completed, edited, ready-to-go novel at the end of the month. Well… That’s my goal. But the actual goal is for writers to have 50,000 words of a rough draft by the end of the month. That’s all. Doesn’t have to be totally done either, just 50,000 words of a single document.
That is totally doable. The only obstacle for me was figuring out just WHAT to write 50,000 words on. Leave Black Beetles: Initiation unedited and in shambles and attempt to write its sequel in a month? Or look into cranking out the sequel to Greyheart and try to make it 50,000 words? I went with the latter. So I outlined for a few days and believe I am pretty set with a solid first half of the story for now. I’ll tackle the rest as the month continues and the story unfolds from where it’s at right now. I don’t like to outline too much from the get go.
But writing novels or short stories or what-have-you will still come in second to my interning and article writing for my new internet bases of operations: Gamerselixir.com and Gameskinny.com. Because, HOLY COW, it’s so much fun writing for those sites. I never knew the world of press and gaming news was so… Intense.
It’s really challenging me as a writer. Because writing news articles and opinion pieces is a far cry from fantasy or science fiction writing. More often than not I feel like I’m out of my element and picking up the tricks of the trade as I go. I love it.
Like I said, it’s really challenging me as a writer and it’s offering me no end of amazing opportunities. I’m connecting with game designers, pro gamers, developers, directors, artists – everyone! It’s a fantastic experience to be a part of, and I sincerely hope it opens the door to further opportunities like it.
And with that said, I’m back to writing. NaNoWriMo demands my attention, there is news to write, and I still have an author interview to fill out for an editor! Don’t forget to check out the website for the upcoming anthology I’m featured in. They just unvieled the cover art and it’s fantastic.