Keeping Up

As I mentioned last week, the idea of writing 50,000 words of fiction in one month is not, in itself, much of a big deal. If you are a writer, you write. And if you write, putting down a couple of thousand words a day is a no-brainer. It only represents maybe a couple of hours a day (at most) of effort. For a full-time fiction writer, the whole idea of NaNoWriMo is somewhat of a joke – writing a novel in a month is something you likely do every month, not just in November.

The trouble is, for me, it can be hard to keep up that pace every day with all the other things in my life. For example, I have to spend 40 hours a week (give or take) at my day job. On top of that, there’s family responsibilities, church roles, my son’s karate classes (a 25 minute drive from home), the community choir, extended family visits, a wedding this month (it’s over now), my wife’s birthday and Thanksgiving (both yet to come), continuing to get my daily pedometer steps (to qualify for a great prize in January from my employer), and a ton of other stuff.

I know it sounds like excuses – but since I am actually keeping up with my writing, it’s not excuses, but it is an explanation for why it’s not quite as easy as it could be to knock out this novel-in-a-month.

But I am keeping up. Today marks the halfway point, and by the end of the day, I will be at 25,000 words – I guarantee it. Even if I have to stay up until midnight!

Several of you have asked me what I am writing about. The project is top secret, but let’s just say it’s a sci-fi political thriller of sorts – a kind of Atlas Shrugged meets National Treasure with a healthy dose of inter-dimensional quantum physics – all set in the very near future. I even throw in a little of the three Rs – romance, religion and revolution.

The best part? It’s a collaboration. That is, the concept was the product of a brain storm & development session with one of the coolest people I know (Aaron Edson), and although I am handling the writing, he continues to provide creative consultation and overall direction, with the plan of adapting the novel into a feature film later on (he’s an awesome director and composer). Look for the book to come out in 2014, with the movie some time later.

If the general concept of the novel sounds interesting to you, and you think it would be a good idea to run a Kickstarter project to help get the movie rolling, comment below!

The author at work.
The author at work.