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These go to eleven

We’ll start off my annual National Novel Writing Month post right, with Nigel Tufnel.

Now that you’re all thinking you need to rewatch This Is Spinal Tap again (I know I am!), we can talk about NaNoWriMo and my11th consecutive plunge into the November Madness. Last year I threatened to write a book called Horde but at the last minute changed my mind and wrote (yet another) mainstream YA called Scene Stealers.

It’s not ready. It may never be. But that’s okay, I’ve trunked NaNo projects before. Well, one, anyway. Nevertheless, I’ve attempted NaNo for ten years in a row and for ten years, I’ve successfully managed to break the 50k barrier. What have I learned? I love writing humor, and NaNo is a terrific vehicle for unlocking my crazy, and it’s resulted in some of the most entertaining, ridiculous, roll-on-the-floor-pee-yourself-funny books out there. Sentient farts? Hockey-playing vampires? Out-of-work male porn stars? And a certain rabbit-themed superhero? All of them are represented in my body of NaNo work.If you haven’t yet, take a look at what I have come up with over the past decade. All of them are free to download for Amazon Prime customers, and samples abound. See for yourself.

  1. 2004-The Milkman
  2. 2005-Propane Jockeys (trunked)
  3. 2006-Jackrabbit
  4. 2007-Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told
  5. 2008-Pariah’s Moon
  6. 2009-Blood on the Ice
  7. 2010-Rooftops
  8. 2011-Starf*cker
  9. 2012-Pariah’s War
  10. 2013-Scene Stealers (currently trunked)
  11. 2014-Horde (aka The Misadventures of Two Orc Brothers, Paug and Milph Blumpkin, And How They Became Unlikely Heroes)(This subtitle may change, depending upon my caffeine levels)

Are you going to do NaNo yourself? If so, here’s my annual list of Top Ten Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo, updated for 2014.

TheMilkmanLHPbig1. Turn off your internal editor.

You don’t have time to think about what you’re writing when you’re on this kind of deadline. Shut him or her up in a closet and just write. Don’t worry about gaping plot holes, inconsistencies, spelling, etc. You can fix all that starting in December. I promise.

jackrabbit-cover2. Don’t fear the weird.

My NaNo books have traditionally been explorations for me outside of my normal writing comfort zone. I find it a conducive environment to the strange ideas which I would normally eschew in favor of “safe” concepts.

Read the rest over at scenic ianthealy.com!

By | 2014-10-16T00:03:50+00:00 October 16th, 2014|Ian Thomas Healy, NaNoWriMo|Comments Off on These go to eleven

About the Author:

Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. His popular superhero fiction series, the Just Cause Universe, is ever-expanding, as is his western fantasy epic The Pariah of Verigo. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes.Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012.When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people. Check out his exclusive publishing imprint, Local Hero Press.

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