Jonathan Bergeron NaNoWriMo Interview

First of all, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Jonathan Bergeron, author of ANDROID HUNTERS. I’ve been writing daily for the past four years, and I mean daily. I’ll get at least a sentence in even if I’m sick.

How many times have you attempted NaNoWriMo? Have you succeeded in the past?

I heard about NaNoWriMo two years ago, and wrote over 50k words the first time. I was around 48k last year. Both times they were stories I was already working on, as I see no reason to start a new one just for the month of November.

What can you tell us about your current work in progress for this year’s NaNoWriMo?

My current WIP is the sequel to ANDROID HUNTERS. The tentative title is ANDROID WAR, but as I get further along the title doesn’t seem make sense. It’s the first draft, though! The title doesn’t need to make sense 🙂

How are you keeping yourself focused and on track for NaNoWriMo? What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt it?

I don’t have a problem with focus now, in fact I have to consciously slow myself down. I did have a problem with focus in the past, because I was so worried that the next sentence wouldn’t be better than the one before it. I continually deleted paragraphs and rewrote to delete again. It took walking in the park one day to get past that. I looked at the animals just rolling with whatever was thrown their way, not stressing about their next catch of food needs to look cooler than the last catch. I decided then to just throw words on a page and if I didn’t like what I wrote, well, I could just call it practice.

If our readers wanted to follow you and your work, what would be the best way to do that?

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Stop overthinking your story and keep writing. The premise of a story can be as absurd as you want it to be. There is no premise you need to follow that will get people to like what you write. So stop overthinking and write for yourself. If you write well enough, people will like reading it, no matter what it’s about.