As I am writing this Halloween is wrapping up or really is over. My family and I partook in the apparently ancient ritual of carving pumpkins, dressing up as something or someone else and then went door to door to get free candy. It somehow sounds very strange when I actually say all of that out loud.
Regardless it’s all fun. Wife, daughter and I all went as zombies, and my son couldn’t make up his mind and started the day off as a vampire and ended as a wolf. We get free candy and the kids are happy.
Then midnight hits, kids are in bed and it’s now November first. For many of my fellow authors, this is a new magical date that is inextricably full of new stresses that we look forward to all year long. And no, I’m not talking about Christmas shopping, though yeah that’s a thing too.
On November 1st of every year starts the annual competition of NaNoWriMo or National Novel Wiring Month. Which is actually an international event now, so maybe it should be IntNaNoWriMo? Eh, doesn’t sound as good. Anyways, NaNoWriMo is a competition in which authors from anywhere and everywhere compete to write a 50k word novel. The prize if you complete it? You’ve written a 50k word novel. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, just that you’ve done it.
In reality it is quite an accomplishment. I’ve attempted it several times, I’ve never completed it. Even my published work BlackMail, clocks in at around 35k words. It took me way more than a month to write it. Though my companion piece Rooks Game is somewhere around 10-11k words and I did that in under a month, at a much faster pace than I wrote BlackMail. So certainly it is possible.
So does this mean that I am again attempting NaNoWriMo? No, no it does not. I have no intention of trying again this year. This does not mean that I’m not working on anything though. I have two other projects I’m currently working on. Both of them are Agents of the Third Party stories. Both continue the story after BlackMail. I don’t expect them to come to 50k words though. Even combined they probably won’t come to that.
But that’s alright. Its advice I once got from an English teacher who told us to write a 10 page paper, unless we were done before that, in case write a 7 or 8 page paper, whatever it took to get the point across because she didn’t want to read 2-3 pages of crap that we probably didn’t want to write either. And that is the point. I could probably pad BlackMail another 15k words, but it wouldn’t be necessary and probably wouldn’t help the story along. And the new stories won’t be 50k because it won’t be necessary for them.
So welcome to November, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo to a bunch of crazy demented people who think it’s a good idea to write 50k words in just 30 days (It’s totally a great idea. If you can do it, you should! If you can’t, try anyway!) I look forward to when I can give more info on these current projects.
Also, Thor 3: Ragnarok comes out soon, so expect some thoughts on that too.