I loved Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List, who didn’t? It was a very cool movie. There were likely many thousands of bucket lists drawn up in the months after, and I can pretty well guarantee that a fair number listed Write a Book.
Mine did, and that’s how I stepped onto the treadmill of writing my own book, and maybe even getting it published one day.
Being a fairly structured kind of guy, I hit the internet and started hunting down books, guides and systems to help the aspiring author. I found many candidates, books, software, snowflake writing systems, and the list goes on. I was caught up in characters, plots, settings but still didn’t have a clue about how to attack writing a novel. My best attempts would fade out about the 500 word mark.
Late one night I came across a site call the National Novel of the Month (Nanowrimo.org) which runs an annual every November where established writers and amateurs like myself come together with a single aim – to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.
I loved the idea, but was over the moon about the fact the event encouraged writers to roll up their sleeves and get on with creating a writing habit. My mind settled further when I purchased a copy of No Plot No Problem by Nanowrimo founder Chris Baty. It was a the blueprint I was after, just get writing and leave the rest to an active imagination.
While I loved the idea of a supporting community to embark on this journey with, November was too far away.
I started writing The eBay Killers at 4:15am April 25 (Anzac Day) and by the time my wife discovered me a few hours later, the writing bug had bitten and I was on a 50,000 word mission.
Will fill you in on some of the madness which went down in the next month in my next post, and explain why its 2015 and you still can’t buy The eBay Killers.
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Off to sort out the cover designs