Welcome to day number twenty-eight of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge where counting today there are three days left and I'm still on target to hit the 50,000 word-count goal on time. As I said yesterday, I'm still not fully sure if the actual draft will be compete but after last night's writing session I feel that it will be an extremely close call. I just might need an extra couple days and maybe 10,000 more words to not only get the NaNoWriMo win but a completed first draft as well.
Either way, I'm going to take the victory because the big picture plan is to work on this one piece for the rest of my life to be published after my death in an effort to tie all of the loose ends of my life works together. Granted, this plan will only work if I can manage to get my other novels and novels to be out for the public to see which I plan to start on New Year's Day.
To start, I am going to share the latest draft of my very first novel through this site in the hopes that I can drum up enough attention to get people interested enough to help me develop the manuscript to the point where it is a legitimate publishable draft. It plays out in my head as a form of crowdsourcing where instead of asking for money with a promise of a prototype product, I'd be giving away the prototype for free and in hopes that readers who have the skills that I lack would volunteer their services to nail down a final draft.
Again, ideally, if this plan worked to the point where novel one became both publishable and profitable I'd then be able to share the wealth with those who had helped me out. I'm going to avoid any form of hard pitch for help using exposure, credit, or potential pay as a selling point because having worked in a creative field that type of hype absolutely never pans out. Meanwhile, most people who volunteer for the level of work we're talking about know it's a lie but still volunteer their services to either gain more experience or fulfill their creative passions.
Besides, I'd rather a fan help me out than someone who is working for pay because I've also had plenty of experience with well experienced professional half-assing their way through the day unpassionately waiting for their checks, while the volunteers were busting their ass in order to get their foot in the door.
Hopefully, this first novel will be my foot in this new door that I'm trying to enter because the next step in the plan is to start rewriting novel two while novel one is going through the volunteer's hands. If things go as planned, I'd have novel two to the point where it was ready to put through the same crowdsourcing cycle once novel one hits its publishing phase.
Again, the ultimate goal would be to eventually compensate anyone who helps if I manage to turn a profit but even if this strategy does become successful I'd still like to keep this crowdsource phase as part of the process as a way to get any fans even more deeply involved in the world.
As of now, I have the one novel that I plan to share real soon, four novellas that I plan to extend to become legitimate novels, and over twenty feature-length screenplays that I want to adapt into novels as well. Being that there are autobiographical influences in each of my stories, they all can be tied together by blurring the reality of the story to where it's not clear whether we're dealing with parallel universes, a simulated reality, or a hero who's losing his mind with this current NaNoWriMo novel answering all of the questions in the end.
This is why the plan would also include rewriting the NaNoWriMo novel once every couple years to keep up with the progress that I've made up until that point. Because of this plan, if I don't at least partially succeed, this current NaNoWriMo draft will make no sense at all since it requires the completion of my first five books to create said loose ends that need to be tied.
With that, it's now time to move on to the next task in order to make my day. As always, I will check in tomorrow with another update as to what I managed to accomplish today. Until then, good day and good luck to you and all of your projects.
Talk to you soon.
The Wicker Breaker
P.S. If you are reading this and playing along with this year's NaNoWriMo feel free to add fubunker as your writing buddy and I will buddy you back.