So: way back in 2009, I had this idea kicking around in my head that I could write a story about a continent that boils up in the middle of the ocean and does two things: throws out every rule of geology, provide a haven for people who love freedom to escape totalitarian governments, and show what governments would do in such a situation.
Anyway, around November third of that year I found out about NaNoWriMo and figured “shoot, that’s easy, I can do that! I’ll call it The Continent!”
Yeah, sure. Three days later I’d recorded 500 words and decided to quit before I made a fool of myself. I shelved the project and somewhere along the line came up with the idea for Dragonslayers.
That one worked out, as did the projects in 2011, 2012 (The Continent, completed this time), and 2013. Last year was the first draft of Dragonslayers 2: The Hand of Justice, which has been in revision ever since. I’m hoping to complete it by March, and would like to launch it during the week of the Virginia Festival of the Book. By the way, if you want to take part in the early bird beta reader program, you have to be part on the mailing list. Anyway, this year’s NaNoWriMo project is Dragonslayers 3 (Insert subtitle here). Let’s just say this year’s project is off to a better start than 2009.
5014 words the first day, and 5020 the second. So yeah, it’s going well. Ten times the performance of the first time I tried it counts as a win in my book. This is the first time I’ve been significantly ahead since I started the program, and the first time I’ve been projected to finish early before I reach the halfway point. Right now, I’m headed for a finish on or about November 20th. After that, I’ll go back to work on DS2 and finish that up in time for editing and cover design by the end of the year – hopefully.
So if you’re feeling like you can’t do it, trust me, you can. I know, I’ve been there, and I’ve gotten past it. They key is to make Jack Bauer your muse and just write. Save the editing for later, there will be time.