Are you a fellow pen warrior getting ready for July’s Camp NaNo?
I am beyond excited to be doing Camp NaNo with you as well! I managed to write an entire book in June as part of my villains challenge for the amazing #AuthorConfession hashtag on Twitter, and I’m amped to write ANOTHER book during July.
Yes, my friends, that is outline to completion in one month, two months in a row, and bringing me to date to FOUR books finished and written so far in 2017. If I complete this, I will have written five books so far in 2017.
My big challenge? Being in the middle of an international move!
To accomplish my goal one more month, I have a plan. Truthfully, each WIP (work in progress) has probably been sitting in my head for so long that it’s written itself. This certainly helps. And, now that I’ve graduated from being a complete pantser to tiptoeing the line of plantser, I can say the process is definitely smoother.
Here’s how I write a novel in one month:
Here’s how this works:
- Come up with an idea
- Write one sentence that describes the overall idea (think elevator pitch)
- Write one sentence for each of the three acts inside of the novel
- Separate those three acts into seven chapters for 21 chapters total
- Write one sentence for each of the seven chapters inside of the three acts
- Put on some Missy Elliot and examine those three acts because each one needs to have you put your thing down/flip it/reverse it
Yes, I went there. This helps me as I structure my three scenes – each must have climax, conflict, and resolution. And if the conflict is soft or barely moving, I put on my best trash bag, tie my hair up with an Adidas headband, blast some 90’s female rap and try to figure out how I can flip the action to create more drama.
Getting to this point takes me a few hours. When I am finished, I have an amazing outline that tells me what each chapter SHOULD accomplish to move the story forward, but doesn’t stifle my creativity so much that I can’t wing it a bit as well.
I write between 2000-4500 words a day, and I set aside time on the weekend to have writing blasts. Sometimes I am able to push up to 17,000 words before my brain shuts down.
Why am I pushing so hard to write all of these books?
I have a notebook full of ideas that I’ve been wanting to write for years. And, I know that to be successful in modern publishing, you need a catalogue of books at the go. You need to keep your audience’s attention. I plan to release books every four months during my first two to three years.
I know that if I go in to my launch plan with 8 books at the go, that’s two years of releases. During those two years, I can slow down to writing one book every two months, thus producing another 12. In total, that will be five years of releases. While I’m releasing those finished/tidied/edited/designed/beautiful books, I can slow down to putting out books every six months and writing three per year, or two per year, or one per year.
Insane? Yes. It’s the blend of self-publishing mentality with traditional publishing representation and leveraging all available platforms.
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