Author Journey April 2017


Wow! I can’t believe we’re already past April. This year is really flying by. Last month I mentioned about doing CampNaNoWriMo in April. Well, I did it and I hit my target of fifty-thousand words. Yeah, that’s right. I am storming through this series.

Fifty-thousand words in a month is a good challenge, but it’s not the first time I’ve done it. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place every November. I have attempted it several times and completed it twice.

One year I attempted to complete NaNoWriMo with four other writers. Together we wrote a single story, passing the manuscript between us on a daily basis. It meant that I only had to write six times in the month, but it was a lot of fun keeping up with the story and trying to give it direction. One day I may try to build something coherent from the bones. It has good bones, but the rest is a bit saggy…

Anyhow, back to my series. My word count now stands at 163,399. I added a total of 52,728 words in April. It feels really good seeing the number growing and not just the total. My daily word count has come on in leaps and bounds. I spend less time staring at the screen working out how to start. Everything about my process is improving.

Also when I talk about Val letting me know when the story isn’t working, I really wasn’t kidding. I was one thousand words into one scene and Val had sat down on a staircase and was waiting for the zombies to catch up. She was visibly bored and it showed. So, I scrapped it took a step back and took another direction. I think everyone was much happier after that.

Now, it seems crazy to be listening to imaginary characters that exist in my head, and just writing that proves it, but as the characters develop you get a sense for what is believable, what is in character for them. Hopefully, that just means that they feel real, and if I’m lucky, that will translate into the reading experience.

Outside of writing and watching anime, I started watching The OA. I’m only a couple of episodes in, but I’m really enjoying it so far, very dark and creepy. It’s from the same people that made the Another Earth, a strange and quirky science fiction film. Worth seeing if you have a chance, it’s very understated.

Well, I had better get back to work. Might as well try and keep the momentum going and aim for another fifty-thousand-word month.

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