Wednesday, January 8, 2020

IWSG - January 2020


Option Question: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?

Ten years ago this month, I did a personal NaNoWriMo just to see if I could finish a full-length novel. In January of 2010, I wrote 80,000 words while working full time. And enjoyed it so much I couldn't stop writing.

It took 14 rewrites, learning all the way, before I submitted it for possible publication. I received an R&R and did another major rewrite. And received an offer. The book published in June 2013. I've written a lot of books since then, some award-winning.

I've obviously gotten faster, but it's taken a long time to get here. In many ways I miss the longer process because I got to know and love those characters in my first book so much.

22 comments:

  1. Nothing like a NaNo deadline to motivate you!

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    1. And I love to use NaNo now for first drafts.

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  2. Which of your books has been the most successful?

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    1. My billionaire series. I think they've run their course though, so I don't know how much longer that will last.

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  3. Whereas I love the idea of Nano I've taken part twice and failed both times. Life got in the way, so kudos to you writng 80k in a month whilst still working!

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    1. I failed my first official time too. If you like the structure of an official event, you might consider doing a Camp NaNo which is done in April and July, I believe.

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  4. I like your idea of just choosing a month to do NaNoWriMo. Why not? So if you don't mind I'm going to 'steal' it. Thanks.

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  5. Look at where it's taken you!!! NaNo is a good place to start. It taught me that I can write a book in a month, which means I can do it any time.

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    1. Exactly, and it taught me that I'm a pantser. That first (horrible) draft is really my very detailed outline. :D

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  6. That's awesome you did your own NaNo. And you've consistently written since then.

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  7. Nano sure can get one into gear

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  8. I've never done Nano. The idea of trying to write 50k words in a month is too daunting!

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    1. It's like eating an elephant--one bite at a time. The idea is to just get the story down, not strive for perfection.

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  9. I love that you did a personal NaNo. And look, you were able to be so productive and get a book out of it. I've tried to do NaNo and then a personal one. I've just never been able to get it done. I did get half of my MG novel that's published done during one, though.

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    1. People feel bad about not "winning" NaNo, meaning they didn't hit the 50k word mark in the required time. But it's trying that stretches us, so I count that as a win.

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    1. It just fits my pantser by letting get out a 50k first draft that's really just a detailed outline.

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  11. I'm late making the rounds, but congratulations on your newsletter spotlight.
    It's cool that NANO helped you to start writing.

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