November 22

A late nanowrimo update

Technically, there’s still about 9 days left (as I write this). That said, I have 600 words left to write to reach 50k, and probably about 10k to be done with the actual story.

I think my other writing attempts this year helped train me for this Nanowrimo. It was certainly much easier to hit my number this year. Part of that is no doubt because this year is special – no commute. For so many years before, I was driving for at least two hours a day. After we move to San Francisco next year, I’ll probably be back in the commuting game, which means less time for Nanowrimo. This year definitely had some temporal advantages in its favor.

It’s been more than that, though. The extra time helps, but so does the repeated practice at novel writing this year. Looking back over this year’s statistics, I follow a distinct pattern. Early on, I was hit or miss on word counts, but then I would hit a stride. My numbers weren’t always high, but they were pretty consistent. This Nanowrimo, that came in handy. I had a good idea of what I was writing, and I hit my stride pretty early on.

The sad thing is I don’t even know if I like the novel anymore. I realize that could just be writer’s apathy talking, but the more I practice writing novels this year, the less enamored I am with my writing, especially in the genres I love. There’s something stilted in my writing, a stiffness that I hadn’t expected to find there.

So what’s next? Well, first I want to finish this story. Nanowrimo or not, there’s more than 50k worth of story here, and I’d like to see that completed. I also have a few ideas floating around for something, well, not science-fiction, not epic fantasy.

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November 15

“Writing in Public with Dean Wesley Smith” over at Rocking Self Publishing

A friend pointed this interview out (thanks Ken!). I’m not quite on the Indie bandwagon, nor the biggest fan of Smith’s (more a fan of his wife’s writing). The interview, however, was worth a listen if you’re into that sort of thing (advice from published writers, inside view, etc.).

Dean Wesley Smith has been writing for four decades, has 17 million novels in print, and puts out a monthly magazine containing around 80,000 words of new content just from him. He’s run two publishing companies, runs workshops, and has fully embraced indie publishing.

via Episode # 70 – Writing in Public with Dean Wesley Smith – Rocking Self Publishing.

November 14

My nanowrimo, for you

Today, I hit the 25k word mark. That puts me right on track for finishing by the end of the month. Well, maybe not “finishing,” but hitting the 50k word goal for November for nanowrimo.

Deep down, I know this book isn’t going to be a blockbuster in any sense. It’s fun to write, and it’s great exercise for the mind, but I have no hidden hopes that it will get me published. So with that in mind, I’ve decided to put a copy of the work as I write it out there for folks to read. It’s unedited, uncut, and under developed in parts. I’ve put little (no) effort into posting it, just copy/pastes of existing chapters. All of that disclaimer aside, I’ve put it up on tablo for folks to read if they want. I’m always afraid to share my writing because I see nothing but flaws and weak storytelling. This is an attempt for me to move past that and actually share. Worst case, when I’ve finally improved enough to be publish worthy, you’ll have had access to a trunk novel to compare against.

Anywho, if you missed the link above, you should be able to see it here:

https://tablo.io/michael-cummings/a-mountain-fell-from-heaven

Happy writing!