NanoWriMo 2016

I have mixed feelings about (Inter)National Writing Month. On one hand, I’m of the opinion that writing isn’t just something any one can pick up and do. It takes a lot of time to study the craft and the implication that all it takes is time is a little insulting. (We don’t have national Plumbers month, or National Doctors month, right?)

But on the other hand, having a month where you focus on writing over 1000 words a day is good. The key to finishing your work, I think, is not so much writing every day but wanting to write every day. And NanoWriMo does that, it helps you to want to write.

I doubt that I’ll get anywhere near the 50,000 words that I’d need to poop out to win. But hopefully I can get somewhere between 10-30 thousand words done. This is a project that has been mulling in my head since January and I keep putting it off. It will be good to put some time into it and see where it can go.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, click the mocked up cover to see my profile.

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RELEASE DAY – SHAOLIN VS VIKINGS

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So if I had known how much time it would take, I might not have gone ahead and made this book, which I’ve been working on since February. Not even counting the writing, I’ve probably put 100 inefficient hours into this, and honestly it’s probably closer to 200.

But I’ve learned a little bit of formatting, some Photoshop, some patience (probably the most important thing of all) and overall it was probably a worthwhile process.

And now it’s done. Over 70,000 words, 20 stories written in 12 different countries, and each story comes with an original illustration. I really owe a lot especially to Wind Lothamer, who allowed me to use that amazing image for the title plus provided the art for the title story, and to Nahid Taheri, who hand-painted so many of the great images.

And it’s entirely free!

The PDF is free/ PWYW on Gumroad and totally free on Smashwords. In the next coming days, hopefully, it will appear for free on Amazon and B&N and Itunes, etc.