Officially withdrawn from NaNoWriMo

WHY? The answer is easy, and has two parts:

(1) I've proven to myself that I can write a 50,000 novel in just 30 days. If you don't believe me, check out my last two November entries: LUCKY STRIKES and BEHIND THE 8 BALL. The MOST IMPORTANT Lesson to learn here is that, in my opinion, #NaNoWriMo teaches you to see IF you have the Discipline. I have the discipline. I write pretty much every day. Some days, I'll scribble out 500 to 1,000 words; others, I'll bang out 2,500 to 3,000 words.

What Writing Takes Is: SEAT TIME

Well, a healthy dose of self-discipline, tenacity, courage, patience and freedom to create. But that's for another, longer blog.

(2) With my latest book, KNUCKLE DOWN, I learned some very, very important things about myself. 

  1. Good stuff takes time. It's like a really good spaghetti sauce. I make mine from scratch. It includes: tomatoes (locally, or imported from Italy, if possible), sausages (pork and lamb), fresh garlic, thyme, oregano, fresh cracked peppers, the best EVO I can find...okay, that recipe? Another time...
  2. Proper research ups the ante. I like to interject just enough research (like a good sauce; see above) to let you know that I know what I'm talking about, but not so much as to distract you from the story...
  3. Strong support from your partner. I know, it sounds simple. But let me tell you, if you don't have the (loving) support from your (life) partner then when (a) the shit hits the fan, (b) the bills need paying, (c) tensions run high, as patience runs low...etc., then you're just up the creek with less than a full-length paddle (feel free to insert any other tasty analogy here)...
  4. Spend the dime for a good cover. Yes, it's true, we DO judge the book by it. Shitty covers get sketchy eyeball time...
  5. Spend the dime for a good editor. Okay, so there are a few mistakes I made in this book that both I and my editor (hey, I was on a budget) missed, but moving forward, I will go this extra mile. (I love you, Editor Scott!)...
  6. Take a little extra time to LIVE & BREATH with the CHARACTERS & LOCATIONS and, best of all, ENJOY THE PROCESS. Pretty much says it all, right?

In closing, I'm backing out of NaNoWriMo. And for those of you who know me, know I am NOT a quitter, and that stopping short of a goal is something which will gnaw at me for weeks (if not months) to come, but I feel it's best for my latest work.

What is my latest book, you ask?


Thus far, I have written none of the above (mystery/female protag/detective/LA), so I'm anxious to see what happens next. And you can look for #seductionatdaybreak to be released sometime in early 2017.

Cheers and #writeon