Haven’t made one of these in a good while, most of my blogs have been author interviews lately. In fact, for the past 3-4 months, nearly all of them have been. As enjoyable as it is, I do still want to talk about the stuff I’ve been doing too, so here it is!
I thought it would be nice to go back to basics for a bit. I’ve had so much planned for the blog, and yet I am struggling to get out even one article a week. Apologies for that. I’ll keep to the current plans and see what I can do with it, most of which I’m happy to just keep going as long as people want it. I have a couple of author interviews left. If any author would like an interview, contact me and I’ll be happy to send the document. This is something I love doing because we’re all writers, and writers should help each other out! I’ve really enjoyed the book reviews lately. Again, if anyone would like their book to be reviewed, check out the link down below:
This will just be a small round-up of many different things that have happened the past few weeks. Nothing too heavy mainly because I can’t be arsed with such stuff, but I haven’t made a personal round-up blog in a good while, at least a few weeks. So expect to listen to me prattle on for the next half hour! Muhahahahaha….. anyway. Onto my summary.
2017 Nano has come a little fast for me. However, I have plenty of ideas for it this year. I’m on Day 6 and I’m at the 12k mark, through very little inspiration. If I do not hit the target, that is fine! Here is a roundup of my projects.
- Complete the 1st draft of the Aegis Mora by either the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. There is a lot happening for this book, and with the launch of Book 1 The Thousand Scars so close now, things are going to get interesting.
- Have the 1st draft of my dystopian fantasy novel Turning The Page complete by the end of 2017. This is a pet project of mine, set in the western continent of my world Rengar. It recently went through a massive overhaul, and this is probably going to be a wishful thinking. 100k though…it’s getting there.
Those were my main three projects. Nanowrimo has me doing Turning the Page, The Aegis Mora and the lore of my world, and up until now, it worked. Turning the Page, however, I decided to turn into a series, so I’ve been writing chapters non-chronologically for that. Not sure what I’ll do for the last two weeks, but hopefully I can further my word count. Here are some little nuggets of advice for all my friends doing Nano 2016.
- Don’t edit. This is about speed. Don’t worry if the first draft is crap, all drafts are. If you believe it’s good, that’s your self-perfection talking. Get rid of that fast. In December/however long it takes for you to get your work done, use that time for editing and polishing. Polish Polish Polish!
- Everything you write is relevant. Explore your characters, ask them questions. Ask them about the world, write it down. It all counts, and it’ll make your world a lot more believable.
- Try and write every day, even if it’s 10 minutes. Any word count is better than none. If 50k is too much, set your own personal goal ❤
- Finally, when you’ve finished your novel at the end. Please, I repeat. PLEASE do not rush it out into publication for the “honor” of being published! So many people, mainly self-published, do this trap and fall right into it. It takes a lot of effort and money to get your work out there, edited to the best it can be. Don’t rush it, for your sake and readers. I’ve seen so many books come out shortly after Nano finishes which are badly edited, formatted and frankly lazily pumped out because people make the mistake of thinking it’s the easy part. There are no shortcuts!
Just a little post. I’ll try and upload another article later in the week!