As Mid November Strikes…


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Once again I find myself in that dubious position of looking at the calendar and admitting that I will not be finishing NaNoWriMo this year. To be honest, I am okay with that. I love the idea of National Novel Writing Month, but I don’t need it the way I once did. The idea of NaNoWriMo is to force the budding author to set aside distraction, editing, and all other forms of excuses that keep a novel from being written, so that they can finally get those words onto the screen.

I do that anyway.

This year I intended to take a break from working on my novella in order to participate. I could spend the time working on the second part of my epic sci-fi piece so that I would have it that much closer to ready when I finish my Armageddon Angels series. I sat down and tried to focus in on the first book, but I just could not get into the groove. There were so many errors and inconsistencies that I wanted to edit, fix and rewrite the whole mess, not jot down notes before starting the timeline for the next book. Strike One.

When the end of October started closing in I found that I was ill prepared for the November kickoff. No outline, no real concept of where to go with the story, and almost no motivation to focus my little time and effort on the project. Add to that the fact that I was running a blog tour for Apocalypse in the Balance and I was well past the point of being prepared to fight through NaNoWriMo. Make no mistake, it is a brutal fight for the writer, and poor training and preparation leaves you doomed to failure. Strike Two.

November kicked off and I decided that I would work on some of my Armageddon Angel stuff, which I already had prepared, and just not count the material written before November. I sat down on November first, stared at my monitor, place my fingers upon the keyboard, and said, “Fuck it.” Strike Three

I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to set aside my normal writing process in favor of smashing out a half done ball of crap, because lets be honest here, that is exactly what NaNoWriMo churns out. Crap. Fifty-thousand words worth of crap.  There is nothing wrong with doing NaNoWriMo, but if you do nothing with the results, such as copious amounts of editing and rewriting, then all you are left with is a stinking pile of garbage that no one will want to read.

I have plenty of writer friends that participate in this fall ritual, but they don’t publish what they write until they have spent countless hours rewriting and editing the results. More power to them. There is a part of me that wishes I could do it, but I just can’t write that way. My first draft is anything but perfect, but I have found that I cannot just spew words onto the screen and hope to come back to it later. I have a hard time getting past all of the errors I make when I am taking my time writing a story, and rereading the one successful NaNoWriMo novel I finished I can only look back in utter horror. Some day I will revisit it, clean it up and edit it, but I’m not going to add to the mess by throwing more NaNoWriMo crap at it.

To those of you that are still fighting your way through NaNoWriMo, let me just say, “Keep it up. Press on. It is worth it. When you are done you will look back at what you have written and feel a sense of accomplishment that is completely deserved.” I mean every word of that. Just because it doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean it doesn’t work for someone else or that it is not worth doing.  Of course, I am also going to say, once it is done, “Set it aside. That book you just created needs a chance to simmer for a bit. No, go forth and edit it. Be merciless. Ask friends for help. Don’t be afraid to add an additional chapter or nine. It will still be your NaNoWriMo book and you can even claim it as such in the forward of your book, but for God’s sake, do not send that thing to an editor in December. Maybe next October would be a better month to send it in. Seriously. If you so much as hit send on that e-mail or put a stamp on that manuscript envelope, I will hunt you down and beat you with a stick.”

The Blog Tour Is Coming To An End


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Well the Blog Tour is over, but it is not too late to take the tour and enter the rafflecopter giveaway. The Rafflecopter will be good until 11/14, so make sure you enter to win.

Here is a list of blogs and their links:

Finding the Fantastic in Fallen Places – Hosted by C. P. Bialois

An Interview by George Sirois

NaNoWriMo Preparations – Hosted by AC Elliot

A Quick And Dirty Book Review by AJ Beamish

Inspiration – Hosted by Melina Turner

Fear of the Unknown – Hosted by AJ Beamish

Inspired to Write – Hosted by Jamie White

An Interview by Todd Maternowski

A Book Review by C. P. Bialois

A Book Review by Jamie White

A Book Review by AC Elliot

Writing About the Apocalypse – Hosted by Rachel Bostwick

Driven to Write – Hosted by Kristy Carey

A Book Review by Georgina Hannan

 

Thank you for participating in the blog tour and make sure to visit Amazon an buy a copy of Apocalypse in the Balance.

 

The Big Number Six


The Day Six Blog Tour Stop!

 

Happy November 1st! For the writers in the group let me also say, Happy NaNoWriMo.  I haven’t started working on it yet this morning, but the day is young and I’ll be hitting it as soon as the normal Saturday morning insanity has passed in the Swett household.

For today’s Apocalypse in the Balance Blog Tour stop we have a guest post hosted by Jamie White of Culture Shock fame. Seeing as motivation and inspiration can be hard to come by during National Novel Writing Month I shared some of what inspires me to write. Check out the blog post and make sure to take part in the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win an autographed copy of my books.

 

Blog Tour Stop Number Three


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The setup for NaNoWriMo at home, if I need to be portable. Long exposure lit by sweeping an LED flashlight over the scene. clickthing.blogspot.com/2008/10/tennish-anyone.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For today’s Apocalypse in the Balance Blog Tour Stop we have AC Elliot. He’s an extremely talented writer and poet.

He’s hosting a guest post I wrote about National Novel Writing Month and some preparation ideas I used to successfully complete the grueling November challenge. It is getting a little close to kick-off day, but it is not too late to put yourself in a position to succeed and earn yourself that shiny badge to place on your web site.

Make sure you stop by, give it a read and enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win autographed copies of my books.

NaNoWriMo 2013 – Part One


It is day six of NaNoWriMo and I am already way behind, but I’m working on it.  I thought I would share my progress as of last night, so here you have it:

 

Construction worker in San Francisco.
Construction worker in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

It started with a boom. Somewhere off in the distance there was an explosion. I couldn’t see any smoke, but I was in the heart of downtown Delphi so I wouldn’t see much unless it was happening right in front of me. The massive skyscrapers of the world’s largest new metropolis provided a sense of security that bordered on oppression. Modern building codes made each one resemble a medieval fortress that reached toward the heavens, and their stability protected the people inside from the dangers of the modern world. I shrugged off the noise and continued my walk to the office. Continue reading “NaNoWriMo 2013 – Part One”

A Month Ends and A New One Begins


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What a weekend and what a month!  This one has been exhausting to be sure, but that is not too unusual I suppose. The tricky thing with this month has been that it was a tease. It felt like this was supposed to be the month where things leveled off, but that was so not the case. The further along the month went the more chaotic it all became.

This past weekend we started the Fall Tournament for Iredell County (which SISA is participating. We had to miss Connor’s first game because it started at 5PM in Mooresville. Continue reading “A Month Ends and A New One Begins”

NaNoWriMo Prequal!


I am blatantly stealing an idea from this extremely well written blog. I read it, watched the attached video and decided that she had come upon a great idea. So here it is:

I am writing some short stories that will show off some of the characters that will be appearing in my NaNoWriMo story next month.  I had never thought of doing something like this until I read her blog and I have to say I instantly fell in love with the idea. So, for the rest of this week you’ll be seeing a few short pieces that will give you a glimpse into the characters and world of my NaNoWriMo novel.

Tomorrow will be the first entry and the day after will be the second.  Let me know what you think!