NaNoWriMo 2019 and Book 3!

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Hey everyone, I’m still alive!  And I have great news!

“Book 3 of the Sword of Dragons is done?”

What?  No, that’s just crazy talk!  …but the first draft will be done soon!  :)  That’s what I wanted to write about today.

In my last post, I talked about needing a break from blogging so that I could focus more on writing and other creative endeavors.  I have not been idle!  I mean, it started with good intentions, and I managed to keep to a schedule for writing for quite some time!  But then, as does happen frequently, life decided to rear its head at me, and writing tapered.

However, I am more than halfway through book 3, and better still, my wife and I are going to participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo 2019!

What is NaNoWriMo, you may ask?  In the lovely month of November (read ‘lovely’ with sarcasm…I already miss summer,) writers across the globe will spend at least a little bit of time every single day of the month writing!  The goal?  For most, the standard NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in November, which translates to about 1,667 words per day.

For some, 1,667 words is a difficult goal to achieve in a day, for any number of reasons.  Some folks just don’t write quickly, which is okay and if anyone ever tells you otherwise, feel free to insult them or ignore them.  For others, life can be so crazy busy that getting even a half hour in every day is a challenge at best.

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Thankfully for me, I have a supportive wife, who happens to be a writer and wants to participate in this event as much as I do, AND I am a quick writer.  On my best days, I can get 2,000 words done per hour!

So what is my goal for NaNoWriMo?  Primarily, to finish book 3 of the Sword of Dragons series.  How hard will that be?  To put it in perspective, at halfway finished, book 3 is currently 89,000 words long.  Which means I probably have about 80,000 more to write to finish book 3.

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Can I do that in one month?  That’s an average of 2,667 words per day, and yes, I’m pretty sure I can do that :)  It took me about a month to write the first draft of Chronicles of the Sentinels – Legacy, and that was about 70,000 words.

Having said that, it will mean a high level of dedication, and a very patient wife.

The down side, however, is that I had originally planned to be further along in book 3 than I am now, and I’ve been preparing myself to start writing another novel immediately after I finish book 3, unrelated to the Sword of Dragons series.  However, realizing today that I still have 80,000 words to go, I don’t think I’ll be able to do that.

What Comes After?

You may be asking, “Okay, if you finish book 3 by the end of November, when will it be released?”  I’ve found that the best thing I can do for a book after I finish the first draft is to put it down and walk away from it for at least a couple of months.

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Why?  Put simply, I’m too close to it otherwise.  My head automatically fills in gaps when I come across them in my editing, and so I miss things.  This became exceedingly apparent to me when editing Burning Skies for the 2nd edition, I had missed a lot because I didn’t let it sit long enough, including some glaring plot holes.  As such, I probably won’t pick book 3 up for the first round of editing until February.  (If you want to read more details about my writing and editing process, click here for part 1 and here for part 2!)

After that, it needs to go to beta readers, and possibly a 3rd party editor if I can spring the cash for it.  Then another round of edits after I get feedback.

When all of that is done, things will happen pretty quickly.  I already have a cover design set, it’ll just need to be configured for the book’s final dimensions once it’s ready.  So I’m somewhat confident that a mid to late summer release is doable in 2020.  In fact, I’d really love it to happen in July, like books 1 and 2!

So the next question I’m sure some of you will be asking, “What will you be doing between the end of November and February?”

That’s easy.  First and foremost, I’ll be continuing to develop the plot for book 4 (which has been in development since 2015!) and finalize the plan for it.  I’ll talk more about that later, but it’s changed a lot since I first started jotting down ideas!

Second, I’d like to start writing the other story I mentioned above, but it’s one that I’m keeping a tight lid on publicly.  It’s a unique story, and I’m very excited about it!

Screenshot from The Sword of Dragoncraft. The western gates into Archanon!

Finally, there’s the Sword of Dragoncraft….wait, what’s that?!

Without going into too much detail now, the world of The Sword of Dragons is being built in Minecraft!  For more details, head on over to my facebook page, I’ve posted loads of screenshots of the work in progress!

That’s all for today!  I wish I could say that I’m back to blogging regularly, but honestly, November is going to be a busy, busy month.  But after NaNoWriMo, I’d definitely like to get back to regular blogging again :)

Thanks for reading!  Have a great day, everyone, and for those caught in the snow storm like I am, be safe!

-Jon Wasik

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