First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a freelance writer, working primarily for business clients, though I’ve written for just about every market. I’ve been writing fiction on and off since I was about seven or so. Genres shifted for me a lot, especially as my reading interests matured along with me, but there hasn’t been an era in my life where I haven’t tried to utilize storytelling as an art in some way.
How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?
NaNoWriMo and I have something of a shaky relationship. I’ve attempted it in the past with great ambition, but there’s only so much one can actually get done in thirty days, even less if they have daily obligations. But that’s a big part of learning to write as an art form, I believe. Looking at stories purely from the position of imagining, the plot can easily be lost under grandiose set pieces and actions that can overcook a narrative and make it largely unusable for most audiences. Learning to write a lean manuscript is a process every writer has to go through, and it’s the only way to complete this challenge with your sanity in tact.
What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?
This year’s attempt has not yet been titled. It’s something I generally struggle until I reach that moment when I consider a piece to be “done.”
What I’m working on now is an attempt at melding archaic notions of the occult with modern (and soon-to-be) technological advancements, and see how both superstition and science shape societies, peoples, and realities. I’ve always been fascinated by the seemingly combative nature with which science and the supernatural are presented by evangelists of each. And while one is empirical and the other is rooted in faith of the unknown, it doesn’t necessarily influence all people in the same way. That, to me, is an interesting breeding ground for both conflict and exploration. What else could be better suited for telling a good story?
Without giving too much away, as I hope to get this one to market at some point in the coming year, this story will explore seats of power caught in the pull of developments in technology and debunked superstitious notions that were once believed essential for governmental control. This will also be approached by someone in the population that would be controlled by those same powers.
How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?
Scheduling helps. Dedicating a set amount of hours for a certain number of days a week is a tested method for success. I liken building a manuscript to the process an athlete goes through. Yes there are many things you must do throughout the day, some spontaneous, others promoted by love for the sport. But in order for an athlete to remain in shape, they need a proper diet and a strict regimen they’re willing to stick to. Same applies here. I write six days a week, read daily, and take one day to simply turn my mind off from everything associated with my work.
Even if I love my writing, I need a break from it to maintain my sanity.
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I’m a writer and editor with Neon Dystopia where I cover technology, pop culture as it relates to technology and human interaction, and occasionally drift off to more esoteric topics. And, like everyone else on earth, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.