Happy NaNoWriMo!

November 1st, 2011  |  Published in Uncategorized

As you probably already know, it is November now. You may also have heard that November is National Novel Writing Month. If you are participating, good luck. As for me, I won’t be joining you. Nothing against it, it’s just not my thing. I will be doing something fun, however. This month I plan on finally finishing Caldera.

I know, I know, you’ve heard this before. I’ve been working on Caldera on and off since 2007. It was one of the first stories that I wanted to tell. I can still remember trying to fall asleep when I had the first kernel of an idea for it. I wrote a good chunk, only to realize that I was violating Rule #1 of writing: If it isn’t interesting, it had better be both important and damned short. I dropped the project (although it is still available in the archives, no promises about quality). I restarted the project after a while, keeping the first chapter and writing Those Who Stay Behind, which was an improvement. Somewhere around the same time I wrote and sold Betrayal at Waylan, which was incredibly fun. After that, I started working on Broken Shores, which is still active (indeed, I have a rough draft that needs some revision and will be published later this month).

Finally, I started working on what is hopefully the final incarnation of Caldera earlier this year. I changed a lot of things, and I think that I’m ready to just get to it and write this thing. So that is my goal for the month. I imagine that the final product will run somewhere from 15,000 to 30,000 words, but time and writing will tell. I’ll try to keep you appraised of my progress as the month wears on.

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