It occurs that I neglected to share the exciting news: Book 11 first draft wrapped the weekend just gone. On Friday, I think. I’m currently going over it to tidy it up before sending it off to my Sanity Checker.
One thing that has come out of doing this is that, frankly, NaNoWriMo is a lousy way to write a novel. Normally I’d be rethinking sections and going back over them as I write, rechecking, ensuring everything was right. NaNo kind of forced me to press onward. As a result I’m finding spelling errors I’d normally have seen (yes, with red lines under them from Word), missing words, grammar errors I should have seen. Plus, I know I need to rewrite several blocks based on rethinks later in the book. I’m not sure I’ll bother doing that again.
Coming soon: some peeks into books 9 and 10 which will be coming out soon!
I just beat the fifty thousand word target on NaNoWriMo. Everything else is gravy as far as the challenge goes. Of course, I’m not finished with the book yet. It would be cool if I could wrap the whole thing by the end of the month, which should be possible if I keep going at this rate.
That’s a tiny update concerning NaNoWriMo. I thought was a cute sort of pun. Kind of.
So, last night I beat 35,000 words and the little estimation widget on the NaNo web site says I could have hit the challenge target (50,000) by the end of Sunday. I have to admit, Book 11 is streaming out of me in a way Books 9 and 10 didn’t. I think the rest I took to leave starting this one until November did me good. Or, after the relatively high-stress, complex plot writing of 9 and 10, 11 is a little easier on the brain. Hey, I even gave it a mildly amusing title.
Just in case anyone out there is an iPad user (or iPhone, I won’t judge), the Books and Anthologies pages now have links to the Apple iBookstore to allow you to quickly locate the wonderful world of Thaumatology.
In other news, I passed the 10,000 word mark on Book 11 as part of NaNoWriMo at the weekend. It’s going good.
In another week, I’ll be head down working on my first ever probably successful NaNoWriMo entry. Why is this one going to be successful? Because I’m writing Book 11 of the Thaumatology series and I should be easily able to bang out 50,000 words in the month. That probably won’t wrap the whole book, but I may get more done and I should definitely have the first draft wrapped by Christmas.
One of the things NaNo sort of expects is a title, even if it’s a working title, I guess, so I have fixed on a one for book 11. It might change before publication, however, I rather like this one. So, subject to change, book 11 will be called For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll.
I also have a cover design for it, but I’m not revealing that for a bit. That would give far too much game away.
I haven’t posted in what seems like ages. Sorry, I was at FantasyCon and then a wedding, and I’m trying to wind myself up for writing Book 11 as a NaNoWriMo project, and releasing Dragonfall and The Other Side of Hell in December.
Part of the wind-up process is a complete review of the 8 published Thaumatology books. It’s actually quite interesting going back to stuff I wrote (what seems like) ages ago. One of the joys of eBooks is that I can issue updated versions, and I plan to do just that. These updates will not have revisions to the plots or anything like that, but they will have the odd extra scene which adds to the existing story, and they will have more errors removed (yes, I still find typos in the manuscripts).
The first of these updates is going to be Thaumatology 101, obviously, and I’m hoping to put this out for Halloween. It will have a new cover, and the largest portion of extra detail comes in the form of more detail on how Ceri breaks free from Lily’s demon side in Part 2. Best of all, if you already own the book, you will be able to download the update at no cost to get more Ceri/Lily action.
I’ll be putting up a post when that update is available. Stay tuned.
So, books 9 and 10 are basically written. I need to find about 5000 words to slide into book 9 before I’ll be happy with it, and I very heavily need to go through both books and make sure everything is tied together properly and all the dates make sense, and all the usual stuff that needs doing. However, my brain is going ga-ga right now so I’ve put things to one side to do some random writing projects before I loop back into Thaumatology land.
It’s late September and I’m planning to write book 11 for NaNoWriMo (or the bulk of it anyway). Book 11 is going to be the one which tells Twill’s backstory.
So, at this point I’m planning to release book 9 on December 8th and book 10 on December 22nd this year. As previously revealed, book 9 is going to be called Dragonfall. Book 10, which follows on tightly from the events of Dragonfall will be called The Other Side of Hell.
So, by this evening I’ll have draft 1 of Book 3 (so far baring the title Legacy) finished. It’s coming in a little shorter than I’d like, but within acceptable parameters and it’s got some pretty reasonable character development, and plot development in there.
Now it’s only the second of November, and I have a long weekend ahead of me so I may just try to bang out a first draft of book 4 for NaNoWriMo. I’ll have lost a couple of days writing time, but that’s not necessarily a major issue. The big problem is going to be deciding what the plot for the fourth book should be before I lose even more writing time trying to work that one out!
If I’m going to bang ahead with that, though, that means Book 2 is likely to go to press in early December… Hmmm, we’ll see.
I have this dilemma, do I take a break from writing book 3 to do NaNoWriMo, or just give up now? I’ve been trying for 2 years, but I’m either busy, or uninspired. This year I could try to bang out a first draft of book 4, but it would mean putting book 3 aside for a month.
Really not sure, but I suspect NaNo will get dropped again.