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NaNoWriMo 2017 | Peter Foote Blog

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! ❤

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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?

I won!

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:

  1. I couldn’t have done it…

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THE ULTIMATE EXERCISE IN WORLD BUILDING | Patreon Blog

Matthew LeDrewFor the last few years I have been using the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly. I always took it to mean the Tolkien-like appendixes and appendices that some authors chose to but in the front and backs of their books, often with maps and diagrams and schematics and character histories that had little to nothing to do with the story at hand, and which I often found exhausting.

However, my fellow author JJ King has recently educated me that this is not the case: World Building can simply be the slow process of letting the reader know what can and cannot happen in your world, a set of rules that you write by and provide information on on an as-needed basis, ideally.

I say that I used the term ‘World Building’ incorrectly because I only associated it with the sort of pedantic info-dumps I try to never do, but apparently this is just bad or expositive World Building. Good World Building can happen organically an naturally, giving small snippets of the larger world in book after book… much like I did with the Engen Universe. I was embarrassed to learn that such a pivotal term had escaped my vernacular, but such is life, we all have our knowledge gaps.

Since then I have spent months ruminating on all the wrong-answers I have given regarding World Building in my previous Writing Panel experiences. After some serious thought, I think I’ve come up with the ideal World Building scenario for those who have an exhaustive world and cast of characters in their heads without knowing where to start – and it works for any genre!

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FREE eBook – The Theogony by Matthew LeDrew

Theo, and young man with extraordinary talents residing in the horrible mental care facility Black Springs, is taken under the wing of a mysterious woman who claims to know where to find his long-estranged father. Together they embark on a journey through the dessert to discover what’s left of his wandering, shattered spirit.

 

The Theogony
Matthew LeDrew

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Release Date: October 2017
Status: Available
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Page Count: 37

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NaNoWriMo Round 6!

Over the past 7+ years, I’ve NaNo’d 6 times. Some times I’ve been successful, some times I haven’t, and one time I failed so spectacularly that I’m almost proud.

Below are some observations I’ve made & lessons I’ve learned:

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Year 1 – 2010

Project Type: New Novel

Project Info: A werewolf-type story

Final Word Count: 52,000

For this one, I started a brand new story on November 1. I think I did a rough outline beforehand, but mostly just character sketches and a very loose plot. After 2 weeks I hit the wall hard, but a few days later I managed to push past it. I ended up reaching a conclusion around the 40,000 mark and thought I was going to fail this task, but then I thought of a way to make the story longer and managed to get over 50,000 words. I also wrote a really cool back-story scene that I’m super happy with.

This was my first year, and I consider it my most successful so far. I was working 2 jobs and rehearsing 2 plays, so I have no idea how I managed to do it. (Actually, that’s a lie – I’m editing that story now and there’s a lot of nonsensical rambling that needs to be cut down – but there’s also some great stuff that I got from the aforementioned rambling. Swings and roundabouts, my friends.)

Aside from being super determined to rock my first year, I learned how to push myself and that I could actually finish a story. It taught me that I could write a full-length novel in less than 3 years. As someone who had trouble focusing on one single project, it was a great confidence boost. Continue reading NaNoWriMo Round 6!

FREE eBook – Unexpected Stories by Labonté & House!

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!

 

Unexpected Stories
Amanda Labonté & Ali House

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Release Date: October 2017
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Page Count: 31

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FREE eBook – Reptilia by Matthew LeDrew

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!

 

Reptilia
Matthew LeDrew

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Release Date: October 2017
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T.H.E. / Engen NaNoWriMo Success!

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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 🙂

Engen and T.H.E are having writing events every Friday in November! Sign up on Facebook for details!