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.
- 2004-The Milkman
- 2005-Propane Jockeys (trunked)
- 2007-Troubleshooters: The Longest Joke Ever Told
- 2008-Pariah’s Moon
- 2009-Blood on the Ice
- 2012-Pariah’s War
- 2013-Scene Stealers (currently trunked)
- 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.
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.
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!