I said I'd signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - here's my first update! As you can see from the image above, I am on schedule at the moment. Over 5,500 words of my new horror story Harvest Festival have been written. That feels good. Sometimes I stare at the screen for a while, but it is usually because I am ordering events in my head rather than because I am stumped. And now that the main action is kicking in I found myself typing away like a demon at one point. I can't tell how long this story will be - at this rate it could easily end up as 20,000 words! After it's done I'll begin my next, tentatively called Webb. I'm aiming at different kinds of horror, including monster features, killers, phobias, sci-fi, psychological horror, and action adventure horror. It's fun to try different things. It will be interesting to see if the residential writing course I'm going on next week helps or hinders my NaNoWriMo project wordcount! However, I can honestly say that NaNoWriMo has added some fun to my work, and I have been genuinely excited about achieving my daily wordcounts.
As an aside, I noticed that Amazon opened their first physical bookshop (in Seattle, USA). I like the way they want to show the books face out - in traditional bookshops you often have to remove and put back every book in order to see the covers. Covers are frequently works of art, and should be displayed face out. Another interesting angle is that Amazon will be interested in stocking books which sell, based on the huge amounts of data they have access to. As such, it probably won't matter whether a book is traditionally or independently published - only how popular it is. That is a massive difference from traditional bookshops, which are very focussed on production method (as are literary prizes in many cases, unfortunately, which exclude quality books from being considered). It's about time book discussions considered only the book itself, not how it came to be. Yesterday Orna Ross wrote an interesting piece about e-book sales, and the way the statistics often exclude independently-published books. Times are changing.