I hope everyone had a nice Halloween. I don’t know about anyone else, but my consumption of Snickers minis goes through the roof this time of year. Good stuff.
The All Hallow’s Read promotion
for Deadly Reflections was a roaring
success. Thousands of readers snagged a free copy over the last two days, and I
couldn’t be more pleased.
Today marks the release of the
“paperback” version of Deadly Reflections,
or whatever the equivalent is for an ebook. It has a brand new cover and
there’s a short Q&A with yours truly at the end. There were also some
typographical fixes made, so it should read cleanly across all the devices on
which it can be read. If you enjoyed the book in the past, be sure to tell your
friends or followers. I’d like to see DR
continue to find appreciative readers as we move forward. (Also, check out the
expanded interview with Patrick Mattox in the Deadly Reflections section of
this blog, where we talk about the creation of the new cover.)
November 1st also marks the first
day of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. This is the time of year
when everyone with literary ambitions becomes month-long weekend warriors
attempting to complete a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. To
accomplish this, one must maintain a daily output of 1,667 words—no small feat.
There have been some snide
remarks made by “real writers” about this event. They seem to take offense at
the prospect that some neophyte with a word processor thinks he or she can dash
out a novel just like that, as if it were that easy.
To that, I say “balderdash.”
(With maybe a sprinkling of “poppycock” and “bunkum.”)
If someone wants to partake in
the venerable tradition of written storytelling, I am more than willing to
welcome them into the fold. I think that, yes, the newcomers will find the work
challenging and the discipline it takes to sit and write for a couple hours a
day hard to master. But, if they stick with it, I believe they will also find
how rewarding it can be to have something to show for the day, week, month.
And, perhaps, despite all the frustrations and heartbreak and anxiety that come
with writing, some of those people will decide to continue doing it after
November, and some of those people
will enrich the world with great stories in the future. There is and always
will be a need for great storytellers. This is a month full of promise, for
everyone, not just the writers.
And it starts today. So: if you
have an idea (or even if you don’t; there have been plenty of great “plot-less”
novels), try writing a couple thousand words before midnight. And if you feel
good about the results, try it again tomorrow. See how many days you can string
together, and at the end of the month you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.
(Remember: This is mostly about quantity. A rough first draft after a month’s
work is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, it’s something to be very, very proud
With my next novel deep into
the editing process, I am not quite ready to start a new novel. But that doesn’t
mean I’m not constantly writing something, whether it be an essay, or a short
story, or just writing to see whether something will lead somewhere. So in an
act of solidarity with all those attempting the Herculean feat this month, I
will duly put in my daily work and try to hit the 1,667 mark every day. At the
end of the day, I’ll post the number of words I managed to wrestle to the page on
my Twitter and hopefully we can encourage each other to keep going. Let’s just
have fun, let go, and write.
For all those hoping to have a
productive month, I wish you the best of luck.