Peter Foote, one of our esteemed From the Rockers, ‘won’ NaNoWriMo this year, the first year of participation for many Engen Authors. Catch up with his thoughts on the experience via his personal blog! ❤
For the first time ever I decided to take the plunge and signed myself up for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) with no idea how I would do. Up to this point I had a hard time finishing a short story in a year, how would I fare with a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days?
It took until 6:37 pm on Nov 30th for me to do it, but I was able to complete a “zero draft” for a science fiction novel in those thirty days. I say zero draft because it needs a lot of work to be even a true first draft, but all the elements of the story are there and I’m please how it turned out.
Now that I’ve had a couple days to process the experience, there are some things that I would like to share:
Five amazing short stories from the talented minds of both Amanda Labonté and Ali House, featuring daring new YA fantasy fiction, links to The Segment Delta Archives, and the enchanting world of Call of the Sea!
Bestselling author Matthew LeDrew returns to his horror roots in the terrifying new novella, Reptilia. When an aggressive new virus breaks out at a small town hospital, its up to a small team of doctors to try and figure out the source of the contagion before it’s too late!
The first in a long month of T.H.E. / Engen Books writing events was hosted last night at the Barbour Drive T.H.E. location! Over a dozen NaNoWriMo competitors came out to enjoy coffee, sugary treats, and writing talk with publishers and editors working in the field today!
Writers came and worked and pinned their NaNoWriMo Goals to our pin board.
The Tutoring Center at 75 Barbour Drive has become a hug of writing and the arts for the Mount Pearl community over the last year, with adult learning courses geared towards writing and allowing it’s space to be used as a safe, quiet space for those practicing their writing goals on occasion 🙂
I decided to jump into the deep end and signed up for NaNoWriMo, and I’m a bit freaked out!
Between real life job, big responsibilities at the lodge, my part-time bookstore, spending the first weekend of November at my fiance’s house for our monthly visit, can I REALLY write 50,000 words?
Honestly? I kind of doubt it, but I’m going to try.
Now, I’m not trying to be self-effacing, nor am I fishing for compliments (though feel free to toss me some if you want), but I realize that I might not be ready to “win” and I’m ok with that. Up to this point, I’ve limited myself to short stories in the 3000 – 6000 word range, can I do 10x that?
Now for some of your cynical types (you know who you are), you might be saying “He’s giving up before it even starts”. Instead, I’m looking at it…
Great reviews keep coming in for Jacobi Street, the August release from Matthew LeDrew! The Youtube channel Coates and Jackets did an excellent piece on it (above), and a reader named Jeff wrote the following insightful piece on Goodreads on October 30 2017:
Full disclosure: I’ve never read anything in the Engen Universe before, nor anything by Matthew Ledrew for that matter, save for his three entries in Sci-Fi From The Rock (2016). Also, my only interactions with the author were observing him at the last few The Most Dysfunctional Writing Panel Ever panels at Sci-Fi On The Rock (and I hope he’s recovered from his laryngitis).
Given all the above, I was a tad trepidatious going into this offering; would I be lost without prior EU knowledge? Can this guy really write an interesting horror story?
Confession time: I have never participated in NaNoWriMo.
There’s no singular reason I have never taken on the task of writing a complete novel in the month of November. It’s just the way things worked out for me. Early on, before I was published, I was developing a regular routine and NaNo wasn’t part of that. More recently, I’ve been in the middle of editing or redrafting projects so the timing was off.
But this year it all changes.
Why is this year so different? Is it because I found a NaNo community that I think will inspire me? Is it because I really want the experience of throwing myself into my art for a month?
Is is because I have a deadline coming up and I am contractually obligated to finish a draft by December?
It’s all those things.
So once the trick-or-treaters are done this evening, I am taking the left-over candy and going into full writer mode. If anyone needs to talk to me about anything else, it’ll have to wait for December.
Good luck fellow writers. Happy writing!
If you too are jumping into the NaNoWriMo pool, find me online at nanowrimo.org/participants/amlabonte.