Nanowrimo and Lattice

The point of Nanowrimo is to write. You set yourself a deadline and a goal, and you set very little else. The deadline and goal are tough, but not unconquerable. 50,000 words and 30 days. Of course, you can do the math and say that’s only 1667 words per day, and writing 1667 words is easy. Yes, it is. Writing 50,000 words is also easy. The tough part is writing 50,000 words that vaguely relate to one another.

Quality isn’t part of the equation. Nanowrimo is a sprint or a gauntlet, depending on how you look at it, but it is not a dance. Nobody is grading you on whether you stick the landing. Having said that, there’s also no rule that says your book has to be bad, either. And if you come prepared, and if you’re confident in your work, something pretty great might just show up.

I haven’t participated in Nanowrimo every year since beginning, but my first one was in 2002. I’ve participated maybe 8 times and finished 4. It’s not a great record but I doubt there are too many people with a perfect score. It’s not something I’ve tried since 2010, but I’m giving it a shot this year for two reasons.

The first is I have a novel ready to write. It’s about Kate from No Chinook, and what she’s been up to since leaving Scott in 2006. It’s not a sequel so much as a new story with a familiar character. All my books take place in the same universe with the same continual timeline (that being this universe, mostly, and this time, mostly), so it’s not crazy that I’ll be reusing characters from time to time. I love it when other authors do this and I’m excited to see where it goes.

The second reason I’m excited to do Nano is Lattice. My nano book is going to comprise one, maybe two issues of Lattice, depending on how the month goes. If I make it the whole 50,000, I’ll split it into two issues. If I fail, I’ll keep it to one. It’s going to be a very rough first draft, but Lattice is the place where people who like my work can get access to it right away , and I want that to really be true. Lattice is in many ways where I publish my beta works. Either way, it’ll be the biggest issue of Lattice yet.

For people who are patiently waiting for continuing chapters of Skypunch and The Moonbow Easy, there will be new chapters coming in January. Having said that, this new book will intersect both of those stories, creating a sort of prequel to both of them. Eventually, you’ll likely see Kate in both stories too. She’s a pivotal character.

October 31, 2013