November Winds Are Calling – Should I Publish My #NaNoWriMo Novels?

November Winds Are Calling – Should I Publish My #NaNoWriMo Novels?

Where I live in the mountains of Panama, the only change of season we see is from rainy to dry. This begins to take place in November. There’s a shift in the wind and the town braces itself for the Fiestas Patrias (Panama’s Independence Days). Strings of small plastic flags crisscross the streets and flap with a smacking sound as if applauding you whenever you drive beneath them. Grey clouds hover above the town as barjareque, (not quite rain, but heavier than mist) falls on the tourists and marching bands, covering them with a sparkling layer of microscopic droplets.

November also signals National Novel Writing Month, which I first participated in 2012. I had been wanting to write a novel my whole life, and the only thing that forced me to get a book started and finished was NaNoWriMo.

I completed my first ever book, surprising myself and triggering an addiction to finishing books ever since. Now when the winds of November change and I hear the echoes of the marching bands practicing for the Independence Day parades, I feel like a horse at the starting gate ready to race to my word count with all the other bucking writers.

I think anyone who’s participated in National Novel Writing Month start to look forward to it as a yearly tradition. It’s something to get excited about, and you are not alone in your enthusiasm and anxiety. You can connect with other writers who are on the same crazy train. NaNoWriMo helps to stop the usual procrastinating and put writing first for a whole month.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to participate in the last few years. My job consists of mostly writing now and my creative juices and tolerance for sitting at the computer are wiped out by the time I finish my work for the day. I’m often traveling during this time for the holidays, which makes it difficult to scurry off to some quiet place to write.

I also don’t allow myself to participate because have to stop piling up manuscripts. It’s becoming a problem. I wrote three novels in a mad dash and they are still left rumpled up and tossed aside like piles of dirty laundry on the floor. I have no business writing more Nano novels until I clean these up, right?

But I wonder… just because I wrote them, does that mean they should be published? Is it worth salvaging them? These were my first practice novels, before The Sick Series, when I had no idea what I was doing. Hell, I don’t even know if I should’ve released Sick on the world. I can just leave these drafts in some dark corner of my Dropbox and begin something with my new writing experience. Jack Kerouac’s debut novel was lost until 2011, and thank god it was because it was deemed sophomoric and might have barred him from the literary world.

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#Amwriting: What I've been up to…

SICK a novella by Christa Wojciechowski

Coming soon to the electronic device in your lap.

I’ve put all writing projects on hold for the past few months because of my workload. This means Antoni Azarov is still waiting in the corner with arms crossed, tapping his toes, and smoking all my cigarettes. Shhhhhhhh. Don’t tell him, but I have interesting news that is a surprise even to myself.

I completed a novella!

I had to do some writing. Had to. All workie and no writie makes Christa a venom-spitting dragon from Hades. I couldn’t hold this story in and it just kind of dribbled out here and there. Over the course of a few Sunday mornings, lo! It was done.

The Sculptor series is too overwhelming to face now, so I hope this little book will entertain me (and you) while we wait till I have time to finish the dreaded magnum opus. I’m experimenting with a new genre here, so this ought to be fun.

Working title: SICK
Genre: Psychological suspense
Word count: 15-20K
Short Pitch: A woman sacrifices her youth to care for her husband whose chronic illness can’t be diagnosed.
Budget: $0. All must be done in house. So indie!

I also indulged in drafting a mock-up cover (above). Feeling like a mad genius! Heh, heh, heh.

So it will go like this

  1. first revisions (doing now)
  2. send to beta readers (next week)
  3. second revisions (the week after that)
  4. editing, proofreading (week four)
  5. publish!

I’m going to try get this out ASAP. No procrastinations.

Release date: October 1st, 2015 on Amazon and Kindle (may do a paperback too)
Price: $1.99

Let me know if you’re interested in a pre-order!


“Artists must create or wither and die.” ~Antoni Azarov


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Update 1/9/2016: My speed publishing experiment worked! SICK was released October 1st and getting great reviews. Add SICK on Goodreads or buy SICK on Amazon.

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