So I signed up for NanoWrimo….
What was I thinking?
If you don’t know what NanoWrimo is its National Novel Writing Month. So for the month of Nov. you write 50,000 words. That’s roughly 1600 words a day.
I have signed up for NanoWrimo several times and have never ever finished.
I’m starting a new series and honestly believed that signing up would push me to write book 1.
It’s Nov. 8th, and I’ve written 750 words. 🙁
I don’t know what it is about Nano that first makes me think I can write 1600 words in a single month, but that I can continue that type of writing for 30 full days.
The strangest thing is if I hadn’t signed up for Nano I may have written more words. But the deadline aspect of Nano, makes me worry more about writing and not actually getting any writing done.
Tell me I’m not alone…
Don’t Plot It, Don’t Pants It, Just Write What Feels Good
And I’ve been told in writing groups I need to plot. How much easier my writing process would be if I plotted everything out. But I was a tried and true pantsier. And those plotters looked down their nose at me in disdain.
However, after taking an over a year and a half to write my last novel with my muse coming and going on me like a bipolar crack whore on a river that flowed either way given the time of day and the phase of the moon. I struggled with mental health issues, personal addictions, and demons make writing a HEA (happy ever after) seem impossible.
And I realized I wasn’t really a pantsier either.
The only time I could write was when I felt good. And even then it was a struggle. My characters where gun shy hiding in the recesses of my mind wondering what horrible catastrophe I might dream up for them now. Questioning ‘Would I truly allow them their HEA?’
Today’s author can throw out ALL the old ‘rules’. As Indie authors pave new roads forward we can also pave new roads with our writing style. Don’t feel bad if you don’t ‘plot’ or if you’re a ‘pantsier’ or if you’re like me and you don’t write an hour a day, you don’t track your word counts or do character development.
Nor do I necessary follow my character’s I write for my heart, and I write what makes me feel good.
How does your writing style differ from the norm? Let me know below?
Let’s change the world one word at a time!!
Where you can find me
Keeping the flow and excitement through multiple books. Making those characters pop.
Writing a series can be daunting, because there’s always the challenge in making sure readers want to continue along with the journey you’re creating and not get bored and leave the story and its inhabitants behind. So, one of the things I remind myself with each new installment for the series is that my characters have to grow—stagnant characters are of no interest to me or readers. I constantly try to present the cast in my stories with challenging situations that they’re going to grow during, as well as reasons to do so. I don’t like to rehash the same situation repeatedly in multiple books—while a theme can carry over, there has to be enough new material to keep it fresh. Plus, I try to make sure that there are always stopping points within the arc I’m creating throughout each story, so readers can follow the clues all the way to the end.
As for characters, I try to base mine in reality, despite the books being urban fantasy. I am not a big fan of perfect leads or love interests—I like my characters, as I do people in my real life, to be flawed (but not cripplingly so). It’s important for readers to connect with these people, to find reasons to root for them and continue along their journey, so I also try to present the reasons behind why they are the way they are or their actions to make them more relatable. If a reader can make these connections, whether or not they agree with the characters’ actions, their read will become all the more enjoyable.
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to..
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