Since I first started working on The Fog of Dreams during NanoWriMo 2013, I’ve been writing almost non-stop. Whether it’s G.I. Joe work for Kindle Worlds, blog posts, short stories or novels, I’ve been writing, writing, and writing some more. I took NanoWriMo 2015 as an opportunity to focus my attention a bit, and I think it worked. I put down a nice amount of work into book 3 of the Operation: Harvest trilogy, as well as plowing through a handful of short stories that are now out for submission.
In my mind, NanoWriMo is a great place to refine attention and a fantastic method for honing your ability to focus on a more goal-oriented mission. But by no means should November be the only month you write. In fact, I think I’ve written more per day in the five days since NanoWriMo ended than I did during the event itself. Go figure.
My current goal is to wrap the first draft of Book 2 of Operation: Harvest – Loose Strands. I’m hoping to get that book out in time for Q1, 2016. I’ve also been working a bit with KAEditing, and it’s possible there may be some rewrites coming for a “2nd edition” of Book One. Some things that could be buttoned up a bit better.
After that, it’s full steam ahead on Book 3, and I still kind of can’t believe I’m 15,000 words into the final installment of Operation: Harvest already. My real problem at this point is that I’ve got three more novel ideas swarming around in my brain and I need to figure out which to focus on next. I suppose that’s a good problem to have.
I hope everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo 2015 had their own share of success, but I also hope anyone who didn’t reach that 50,000 word goal doesn’t consider themselves a failure and doesn’t think their life as an author is now over. Keep at it!