NaNoWriMo and the Urge to Publish
Are you ready to burn the midnight oil? Drink a lot of coffee? Eat a lot of crap and hammer out a new book? Across the world so many writers and creators are digging in to NaNoWriMo. With over 798,000 writers, NaNo boasts of over 365,000 completed projects. If we just count the completed projects (367,913 of them), that's over 18,395,650,000 words. That's write over 18 BILLION words and we all know that there are more writers out there completing and partially completing those novels and adding to this incredible number.
Like other authors, I'm also hammering out the words. In my case, I have a goal of completing 13 episodes of my Kindle Vella Fan Favorite: The Explorers. Doing so would mean that I have posts of this series completed and scheduled through January 1, 2022.
Let's face it, that's a lot of words. Add in that I also have a goal of pacing out and revising December's episodes of Exile in addition to editing and review commitments, it's a lot of work!
As a pantser who only hammers out a few major plot points and plot twists in advance who writes to get their characters from point A to the next plot point, my writing can be considered erratic. And if you ask my editor, the amazing David C., there are times when hammering out these episodes that I stray from my normal intensity to utter crap!
Yes, crap! I'm not afraid to say that there are moments when I'm not completely where I need to be when it comes to my own writing. In these moments David will point out that there are holes, something is off or advise me to consider looking something over that just doesn't feel right.
Of course, my knee jerk reaction is to be displeased with my editor. I don't send him the first or even second or third draft of my episodes. When he sends things back with unfavorable comments, I tend to pout and whigne a bit to Mister Wizard before getting back to work and trying to figure out where things went wrong.
And then there are times that I send over a batch of episodes and he comes back with something like "YOU STOPPED THERE??? WHY DID YOU STOP THERE! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME! I loved this episode, it was really intense."
With so many amazing publishing opportunities out there and knowing that Kindle Vella is currently paying well, it's easy to fall into the trap of "If I build it! They will come!"
This is where we get to the meat... err the point of this week's conversation. Despite having the ability to post your brand new novel directly to services like Kindle Vella, consider taking a step back. As much as I hate to say it, as writers honing our crafts, we need to edit and also consider seeking out the opinions of others from critique partners (as long as they're honest!!!). beta readers (as long as they're honest and provide well rounded critiques), or even developmental editors (read through for flow, consistency, and quality that offers well rounded feedback, just don't expect them to write your book for you!!) or a copy or line editor to proof read your work.
I'm not saying that your new novel has to be perfect. I'll even be one of the first people to admit that after pushing the button on vella episodes that have gone through my developmental editor and copy editor before I give them a final look over, will have occasional grammatical or punctuation error that all of us missed.
It happens, even to well seasoned writers with a huge library of work behind them like Malorie Cooper, David Baldacci and yes, I've even found a few in Harry Potter.
The point is, don't be in such a hurry to get your brand new work out that you sacrifice quality for the speed of pushing out your new work.
That's all for this week. It just really felt like this was something that had to be said and put out there because not all of us are clean writers. I know that I'm not.
On our next installment of Conversations we'll be discussing resources for serial writers and later in November, what do real serial writers who aren't me, have to say about Kindle Vella? Dumpster fire? Cash cow? Pain in the rear? Worth it? Not Worth it?