Hits and Misses

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I mentioned a few weeks back that I’m participating in NaNo. I hit the 50,000 word goal on Day 20. I plan on finishing the novel by 11/30. That will make two completed novels in 2011 – The Undead Space Initiative and Redemption (book 2 of my Aethera series).

Sadly, I did not get to finish plotting The Devil’s Advocate or Mystic Storm (sequel to Mystic Ink). But, hey, there are so many hours in a day. And I’ve learned a lot about my writer self this year.

  • I’m not Nora Roberts or Dean Wesley Smith, capable of pumping out high volume, superior quality manuscripts nearly out of the gate. Plotting and characterization takes time (for me anyway). I have to be totally on-board with the characters and plot, otherwise, I can’t finish the book.
  • I can write a novel in a month. I did it twice. See above - I have to know what is going to happen in my books. I don’t need to know the how or even the why. Those details can come out when I write. I don’t have my million words in yet. But I’m working on it.
  • If there is a zombie apocalypse, I won’t survive long-term. I like modern conveniences way too much.
  • Oh, and the big one, I can sell a book!

    A new day is dawning

I won’t be kicking back anytime soon.  I have a busy 2012 coming up, including promo at other blogs, working on edits for Redemption, writing other books, and I’ll be CT RWA’s new Media Director.  Busy, busy.

How’s your 2011 going? What are you looking forward to in 2012?

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13 responses to “Hits and Misses

  1. 2012, let’s see, busy, busy, busy.

    Market or Die has its 3rd installment out Jan 19th. I should probably write it, huh.
    I’m going to be the Prez of CTRWA. I plan to sell a work of fiction, or hound my agent until he does. I have to pay more attention to my health and make at least 2 new friends.

    How’s that for starters?

    • Most excellent, 2012 Mdm. Prez!! And, yes, I’m looking forward to the next MOD installment. How about another round of roller derby too?

  2. I wrote a novel in 4 weeks time and it is presently out there with an agent and publisher (I’m holding my breath … waiting). I think I sold an article to a magazine (waiting on details), looking forward to beginning my next work, and for the next in the MOD series to come out. Also ready to embrace my new position of secretary of the board at CTRWA … sure hope I live up to y’all’s expectations.

  3. I thInk it’s amazing you can write a novel in a month. I can write a 110,000 word novel in three months, but that’s when the muse hit me like a train and didn’t let me sleep.

    I’m with you on the zombiepocalypse. My plan in case of zombiepocalypse is to be dead. The joke in my house is that it’s my version of disaster preparedness. At least I have a plan. :)

    Meggan

    • Ah, but you see, before I write the book, I spend at least two months, planning, plotting, characterizing. So, it all comes out in the wash in the end. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’d rather check out during armageddon.

  4. Excellent work, Casey! I’m impressed – day 20! I did not do NaNo this year, but I’m plodding away at my next manuscript. I, too, have to know where my story is going before I write. Good luck with all your upcoming promo.

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