First Draft of Steampunk Novel is Complete!

Beat the NaNoWriMo deadline by 24 hours to finish my second novel.  Later this week I’ll collect some of the fun rewards from that writing effort.  But for now, the story goes on two week layover before I begin the first round of edits.

The new novel is steampunk with romance, time travel, a murder mystery, and action adventure.  So I probably have most of the major things covered. Had a lot of fun writing it, even though it was a tough deadline.  I got started a week late because I was cleaning up issues in the first book.

The first novel is currently waiting on a new cover.  My bad.  I recruited the artist far too late.  However, I have every confidence in her ability and I’m making sure that she has a lot more lead time on this next one.

I will begin outlining the third book later this week. It will be a book on getting more fun and productivity out of your time written under my name.  I write non-fiction under my own name because people search for it by topic more than by author name.  For fiction I use David Nash because it is easy to remember.

Also in the works is a collection of short horror stories set in southern Rhode Island by several different authors. (Can’t let Providence have all horror fun!)  I’m putting together a common background for use.  The book will be published by Collins Publishing, the people who are also handling my first novel (and hopefully my second as well.)  I find they have generous terms and also deal with the electronic editions.  If anyone is interested in doing a short story for the horror series you can contact me for the background piece when it is done.  I’ll review stories for consistency with the background but, of course the publisher will get final say on which stories go into the book.

This will likely become a series.  And I’d like to go the Thieves World route, that is you can use each others characters – as long as you don’t kill them, maim them, or take them out of their designer’s context.  (I.e. portray the heroic barbarian as a lying coward).  Anyway, that would not take place until the second book and most writers of horror I know are lucky to have a character alive and sane at the end of their stories.

So, August should be a busy month.  Looking forward to it.

Second novel in the works

Decided to try a NanoWriMo summer camp.  Have to write 50,000 words in the month of July.  Broke the halfway mark on the summer camp yesterday morning.  Not bad considering I started a week late.   Looks like the second novel will be done quite a bit before the 50K mark.  Only a few chapters to go.

My stories tend to “beef up” in editing.  It has to do with the way I write.  I outline the story and then write all the dialog between the characters – ignoring the setting almost completely.  As a result, I stay in active tense throughout the story.  Then I go back and fill in the color.  It adds a lot of text, but it also is a lot slower edit process than many have. It certainly would push me past the NaNoWriMo deadline which is the end of July.

I have three choices.  I can add a new plot twist to the story and get additional words there.  I can start on a second novel (you are not required to only do one book for July, although you are for the November contest). Or, I can fill like crazy on the current novel and ignore any other editing.  All are possible ways to get to 50K.  I’ll keep it in the back of my head while I finish the basic novel today.

Stay tuned.  My solution will be in next weeks exciting blog post!

Story by the way has pretty much everything but the kitchen sink in it.  Sci-fi Victorian Steampunk, with an adventure, a romance, espionage, a murder mystery, time travel paradoxes, and huge aerial combats between giant flying battleships!  Oh yeah!  The Burning Man Festival too.