First of all, tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Drew Avera and I grew up in Mississippi. I did not grow up with a love for reading books, but I did read my body weight in comic books from the time I was eleven until I graduated from high school. I didn’t get into reading novels until I read “The Incredible Hulk: What Savage Beast” by Peter David when I was sixteen. That book not only turned me into an avid reader, but also put the dream of one day writing my own book into my head. That dream came true when I turned thirty and participated in NaNoWriMo 2012. I took the challenge and wrote 52,000 words in 25 days. Not only did I win NaNoWriMo, but I began my writing career that month as that first novel was published in March 2013.
How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?
I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2012-2014. I won 2012 and 2013, but came up short 2014 by a few thousand words. I honestly didn’t feel bad about “losing” because the point of NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to write and not give up on the story inside of them. I am not an active participant this year because of my work schedule but I do still write.
What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?
I do not have a current NaNoWriMo project, but I am working on several short stories and blog posts for my TimeTraveler2027 persona.
How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?
When I participated in NaNoWriMo I kept my focus on completing the challenge before Thanksgiving. In order to do that, I had to stay ahead of schedule. The first few days of November set the tone and I would get 4-5,000 words per day. I also wrote the first draft on my iPhone because I could write anywhere. Sometimes you just need to remove barriers that prevent you from writing and the rest is easy. I also only compete with myself. All the other writers are your support group, not your competition. I made a lot of friends through NaNoWriMo and the community.
If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?
If you want to know more about me than you can find me at www.drewavera.wordpress.com.
I have a lot published these days and several free stories to get you started on my work. You can find those at www.amazon.com/author/drewavera.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about me. If this is your first time taking part in NaNoWriMo then I hope you love it as much as I do. Remember, it’s supposed to be fun. Every challenge worth pursuing requires work and dedication, so tell your story because it’s worth it.