WEbooker of the WEek Writes a Novel in a Month


WoW_button_1 Every November for the past ten years, thousands of complete lunatics -- er, I mean writers -- have congregated online to write a novel in a month.  According to the NaNoWriMo website, 119,301 writers signed up for the challenge this year, and 21,683 met the 50,000-word quota -- that's the highest "win" rate of any NaNoWriMo yet! 

A hefty handful of this year's NaNoWriMo winners came from WEbook -- read all about them here.  This WEek's WEbooker, HorrorPunk, is one of those brave writers.

Nano_08_winner_100x100 Last week in this blog, HorrorPunk told WEbook's TsungChi about his book Agoraphobia, in which "a recovered agoraphobic tries to grow closer to his ex-therapist-cum-girlfriend by sharing her love of nature."  You can read Agoraphobia on WEbook, here. To get the story behind the story, I asked HorrorPunk a few probing questions.

Q:  What is the (brief) story of your life?

A: I'm a single father going to school, and I have always had a passion for the written word. I'm currently studying to be an RN.

Q:  Where and when did you get the idea for Agoraphobia?

A:  My novel was outlined on the back of an overdue bill, days before the challenge began.  Luckily, it remained pretty much untouched through the whole manic process.

Q:  What was the hardest thing about the NaNoWriMo challenge? What was the biggest lesson?

A:  Most definitely the hardest thing to learn from the NaNo was to stop editing. You just have to plow ahead, and ignore how bad you think your unedited work is.

Q:  What's next? Do you intend to keep working on this project, or are you on to something new?

A:  Despite finishing 50,000, the novel is not quite done yet. I need about another 11 chapters. Then it's off to edits-ville for a few months -- oh, joy!

Q:  How do you balance being a single dad with writing and your career as a student?

A:  Being a student helps, because I don't have a 9-5 job that keeps me away from home a lot. That way I have more leeway than most in jumping between roles of writer and dad.

Q:  If you could offer your son one life lesson, using only six words, what would it be?

A:  Don't do what I did, boy.

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