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crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811I mentioned NaNoWriMo, in a previous post.
I will not be doing the NaNoWriMo – but this does not mean I do not respect and support the brave souls that give it a spin.
Way to go.

My suggestions:

  • get yourself a good writing software: I am partial to Scrivener that usually is available at a discount in this time of the year (you find a link in the sidebar)
  • get yourself the free and excellent WorkRave or a similar software that forces you to take pauses and do relaxation exercises
  • stock tea and biscuits or your comfort food of choice
  • tell naysayers to get lost

The reason I will not be doing the NaNoWriMo, now, is…

the_adventures_of_kathlyn1… I am about to try something I’ve been planning for quite a while now – I will try and write (and publish!!) a serial.
A proper serial, a sequence of stand-alone stories that will add up to a single larger story… the first season, hopefully, of a larger story.

I will do much of the planning, outlining and preliminary writing in November, and the first episode will be out in January – the idea is to do a monthly issue1.

Right now I am still putting all the bits and pieces together – I have the three main characters, I have the setting, I have much of what I need.
If you followed my recent posts you might also get a few ideas about what it’s going to be about, and stuff.

In the meantime, I will still have to write other stuff – I have one thriller story to deliver by December the 1st, various things connected with my Italian crowdsourcing project from last summer, odds and ends.
Plus my regular series work – we don’t want to leave Buscafusco, the Corsair and Aculeo & Amunet lagging behind.

So, no NaNoWriMo.
But best wishes to all those that will try it.

  1. as usual, much as I’d like to be, I am not master of my time – paying the bills and putting bread on the table might take precedence. But I am quite motivated. 

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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