NaNoWriMo Week 1

Today is the 10th, but I had to wait until today to post a blog about an entire week of NaNoWriMo. But here we are…

For those of you who are unfamiliar–especially those who do not follow me on Twitter–NaNoWriMo is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. Every November, writers commit to write a novel–or, at least, a specific number of words, generally 50,000. I did NaNoWriMo in 2018, and that resulted in THE GRAVITY OF NOTHING.

I think things turned out well. But I’m biased.

While I didn’t enjoy writing the book so much–it deals with very heavy themes surrounding sexual assault, mental health issues, PTSD, and drug use–I loved the NaNo experience. Writing with a horde of other writers to cheer on and be cheered on by was…amazing!

I skipped 2019 because of…life…I guess. I was also deeply involved with other projects at the time that I refused to set aside for NaNo 2019. Additionally, I was freshly signed with The Lion Fish Press and we had a lot of work to do at the end of the year. BETWEEN ENZO & THE UNIVERSE and JACOB MICHAELS IS DEAD were coming out at the beginning of 2020.

So, 2019 was not a NaNo year for me. Even though a lot of things about 2020 have not been great–I’m back to NaNo! Yay!

That should bring us all up to speed. I started NaNoWriMo on the first, and committed to writing 50k words on a new novel. As of this writing, I am just over 20k words. Way ahead of schedule, thank you very much. But I also know this book will be more much more than 50k, so I’ll be working on this for a long time to come. Especially since I’ll have to set it aside at the end of November to focus on other projects.

Regardless, I thought I might share a little about my project with all of you. Here’s the initial book cover and synopsis that I posted on Twitter a while back:

As you can see, the working title is POSSIBLY, TEXAS. Unless my imprint gives me too much trouble, I plan to keep that title. And I actually like the above design for the final book cover.

I can’t really share much more than this since it’s a work in progress–and I like to keep things kind of secretive anyway.

However, I did make a map (a new skill I’m learning) of the downtown area of Possibly, Texas (which is a fictional town I’ve created for the book). Here’s that:

I won’t be fielding any questions about the map at this time. Unless you want to know why I’m so bad at it. The answer is – because I’m learning! HA!

So, that’s where I am on NaNo. In 2018, I was pretty stressed with NaNo. Worrying about winning, whether or not I could actually write a whole novel in a month–those kinds of things. This year, it’s actually been a lot of fun so far.

I’m passionate about all of my projects–I wouldn’t write them otherwise–but this one feels…special. I don’t feel the way I normally do when I write. I feel like the muse is speaking through me.

It’s almost like when I wrote A SURPLUS OF LIGHT. I just know these characters so freaking well. It’s like I’ve known them forever.

I know that’s a weird thing to say about a book that is YA, but these characters and the town are really inspiring for me as a writer. This book is really making my creativity flow like crazy again.

In the end–whenever this chonkster is published–I hope it’s something that touches the imagination, hearts, and souls of the readers. I feel it will be a book that captures readers’ attention right away and won’t let go until the end. And there are so many characters to love.

I know what you’re all thinking–freaking writer licking his own butthole about his own project.

I understand. I really do. It feels very narcissistic of me.

But I promised myself awhile back that if I feel something is good about my work, I will allow myself to say it. And I won’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. We should all practice giving ourselves a pat on the back more.

Of course, it will be up to the readers to decide if it’s really good. Sometime in the future.

In the meantime, I plan to blog about all 4 weeks of NaNo. Now that you know about the project, I’ll share my experiences of writing so much in such a short period of time in the coming weeks.

Hopefully, you’re all ready for another journey with me.

If you’d like to know more about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) check out their website.

Tremendous Love & Thanks,