Yes. You are reading that correctly. Rough draft ready in 30 days!
Maybe that’s not such a big deal anymore. Many authors are familiar with NANOWRIMO, an annual novel writing project that helps authors kick-start a new project or finish a current one. But there are two things that keep me from joining NANOWRIMO…
1) My characters just won’t let me wait until November.
2) I’m not really a joiner. I’m more of a firebrand…a rebel. I kinda like to do things my own way and on my own time. 😉
My upcoming work-in-progress will be a science fiction/paranormal novella series, and my goal is to flesh out a rough draft of the first three episodes. The working title for the series is COVENANT. I’ll share more about the series soon. Here is a loose idea of my timeline on this project:
Week 1 – Character sketches, plot sketches, scene notes, summary outlines and research.
Week 2 – Formatted outline and summary of episode one
Week 3 – Formatted outline and summary of episode two
Week 4 – Formatted outline and summary of episode three
Formatted outlines and summaries probably don’t sound like good bedtime reading. And they wouldn’t be because this is the stage that I totally annihilate my internal editor. I think visually. So my plotting works best when I can move quickly. I am absolutely a plotter.
For me, writing without a plan is like trying to surf without a board. I need someplace to firmly plant my feet.
So that’s my goal for the next 30 days. I will likely pose some interesting or provoking questions along the way. My 30-day time clock starts on Sunday, September 29th.