It has come to my attention that I need to write a new book before the 12 ideas battering around in my head take it upon themselves to a) leave forever because neglect, or b) murder me in my sleep. BOTH ARE REAL POSSIBILITIES.
So I’m preparing to run away and write a book on the 1st of April…probably at an irritatingly fast pace because that’s who I am, Bob. I write fast for many MANY reasons, of which I’ll share a few with you: a) because I have a dreadful memory and I literally drop the plot if I don’t get it all written down FAST, b) I have a horrid attention span, which means I honestly get bored of my own typing after about
5 minutes 4 days, and c) I can’t read and write simultaneously (I am an multi-tasking failure) so I want to finish up so I can get back to my precious TBR pile.
I often write my novels of about 60,000-words in under a week.
You know the WHY. Would you like to know the HOW?
(Of course you do. Shush, in the back row, and eat your popcorn and read on.)
And actually, helpfully, I once wrote an entire post on how to write 10,000-words in a day.
HOW TO WRITE A LOT OF WORDS VERY QUICKLY
- WRITE AN OUTLINE. You know how often I get writers block while drafting? NEVER. Oh I get plotter’s block…but I take time and think that through and there’s no pressure because I’m not actually writing. While ACTUALLY WRITING — I want an outline that tells me exactly what’s going to happen. I’m thorough. I basically write a 5-page synopsis. (And seriously writing the synopsis first is the best thing ever because then you don’t have to write it after. HURRAH.)
- I TAKE A SABBATICAL FROM HUMANITY. Which isn’t possible for everyone, I knooooow. But this is just my methods
of madness. I don’t blog. I don’t read. I instruct my dog to maintain appearances to the family and bring me sandwiches — and I JUST WRITE SOLIDLY.
- ALTHOUGH I DO TAKE BREAKS. Little breaks. Lots of breaks. I don’t give myself daunting tasks. I say “I’m writing 2K and then I’m having a coffee.” Or “If I get 5K done before lunch, I’m sending the dragons to take Jupiter for me.” Just little things, you know? I don’t overwhelm myself. And I also make sure I exercise, because you wouldn’t believe how good exercise is for getting the creative juices flowing.
- NAPS AND CAKE. I just am putting these on this list because they are things I like.
- WRITE MESSY AND WRITE GLORIOUSLY. When I’m writing fast I do. not. stop. for. anything. If I’ve made a whopper if a mistake in the plot, I just write a note to myself of what needs changing and go on. I NEVER GO BACK. I NEVER EDIT. Oh please don’t ever go back and edit. Allow yourself to write badly. This is a first draft and it’s allowed to suck. (Also once I changed villains in the middle of a draft.) And don’t say “But I’m a perfectionist, I can’t do that!” because you CAN do anything you want to do. It just depends on how much you want it.
- PRACTISE! PRACTISE! The most irritating word of the world, I KNOW! But seriously…I’ve written 18 books (most of those have had several drafts). I’ve been writing solidly for 7 years. I’ve had time and practise to learn to write fast.
…Now you know how I do it, it is a glorious time to tell you what I’m writing!
But first, I warn you that I won’t be blogging much for the next week or so. There’ll be a weekly recap up on the weekend and I’ll still update my Wattpad ghost story (of which you should catch up with because there’s only 5 chapters to go!!! THEN DOOM AND MURDER). And I shall absolutely be storming twitter because TWITTER IS LIFE. Make sure you’re following me there to see me tweeting snippets!
I won’t actually be signing up to the Camp NaNoWriMo site though because a) cabins terrify me because I’m an antisocial recluse; and b) I’m only writing for a week so anyway.
It’s basically a linkup so you can share about your stories/characters and hopefully develop them more for yourself too!
Also remember that time I mentioned I wanted to write a Dystopian Mongol Horde retelling? This idea has literally been alive for like 2 months and that is IT.
AN UGLY PITCH BLURB THING:
Setting: Dusty, burnt, desert apocalyptic world that’s been destroyed by dragons because dragons aren’t good at sharing.
Retelling: of Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde…if they had dragons instead of horses. BECAUSE HECK YES. All my character will be Mongolian, except for two who’ll be Australian because #AussiesFTW.
Inspirations: Mad Max Fury Road; Blood Red Road; Stone Rider; Rebel of the Sands
Story: Shay is 15-years-old and the lost son of the Khan who is
taking over uniting the world to fight against the last of the dragons. To prove his lineage, the Khan sets Shay the task of bothering (a word here which means: “assassinating officials/the royal family/etc”) Europe while he personally destroys more dragons nests. Good help is hard to find, apparently, since the Khan thinks a teenager is a good fit for this job. But if you have KHAN blood then you are KOOL. (I’m joking. The population is actually puny because the Khan kills all the people he doesn’t like. #NotWise) Shay just has to strike terror into the hearts of many — and stay alive. Which is hard because his #1 companion wants to kill him. And the rest of his team are kind of losers. And Shay accidentally doesn’t LIKE killing people and gets a major crush on the British princess instead of offing her which complicates things horribly. Downside is, if he fails, he’s dead.
- What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off? Shay is actually vaguely based off Kaz from Six of Crows..but I say VAGUELY because Shay is not terrifically smart. Ahem. He’s also slightly inspired from the characters in Mad Max: Fury Road. Mostly because they tend to get into situation where they SHOULD REALLY DIE. But don’t.
- Describe their daily routine. Mostly it goes like this:
- (Attempt to?) Stay alive.
- Suspect all your companions want to kill you because you are heir to ruling the entire WORLD.
- Ride a dragon which you’re terrified of because you were nearly burned alive by a dragon that one time.
- Pretend you totally aren’t scared of said dragon.
- Steal chocolate from your travel buddy even though he gets scarily cranky when he’s hungry but you have anxiety so — WHO NEEDS IT MORE, REALLY?!?
- Pretend you’re so totally down to shoot ALL THE THINGS but don’t actually shoot anything because you have a sad and tragic and haunting backstory.
- Get a lot of dust in your mouth because darn this dusty world.
- If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into? This amuses me greatly. Because it’s such a cutthroat apocalypse world that these kids have NO IDEA what school would be like. They’re mostly shooting things by the time they can toddle just to stay alive. But Shay would be a loner.
- Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Oh list questions are my FAVOURITE. Huzzah for whoever put together this list of questions! (Oh wait. I helped.)
- He barely tolerates his hired-best-friend (yes, this is a thing) who never SHUTS UP and could probably talk his way out of being taken by the Grim Reaper.
- He merely tolerates dragons.
- Dust in his shoes all the time.
- The fact that everyone asks why he always wears one shirt. (Because he’s a stinky boy, that’s why.)
- How do they react in awkward silences? Shay most definitely MAKES THEM. Because he likes to watch people sweat.
- Can they swim? If so, how did they learn? He can most definitely NOT swim. In this world, water is everything. Even some of the ocean is dried up…so you can imagine there is NEVER enough water for swimming. He’s probably never even had a bath. What did I say about stinky? Ah huh.
- What is one major event that helped shape who they are? After his mother died, he lived on the streets with a gang of
stinky(I need to stop saying this) grimy boys and they had a slight misunderstanding (read: large misunderstanding)and they tossed him into a pit of dragons and he sort of got seriously burned. And nearly DIED. And now he mistrusts/hates everyone. I feel this is fair.
- What things do they value most in life? Literally NOTHING. He hasn’t got a single emotional attachment to anything. #PoorTragicMelon
- Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have trust issues? Oh oh yes he has more trust issues than a child being given dairy-free ice cream for the first time. He trusts NOBODY. (Because of afore mentioned dragon-pit-near-death-experience.) And he never forgives/forgets. Please don’t ever get on his bad side.
- Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood? Unfortunately every day is a rough day in my book. Yes. I suck. So does this world. But Shay goes through many things, like gun battles, massacres, being shot at, stabbing, dragon attacks, having a tea cup smashed on his head by a princess he has a crush on — SHEESH. To feel better he mostly sulks. Or takes a nap. Naps are wonderful resets. Chocolate also makes him feel better, but it’s like scarce gold in this world. Dangit. He and that hired-best-friend, Roo, also like to put cups on each other’s heads and shoot them off to see who is the better aim. This is….such a very bad idea yet makes them happy. THEY ARE STINKY STUPID TEENAGE BOYS AND I CANNOT EVEN WITH THEM, OKAY?