The first venture began on September 5, 2012, when we each vowed to write a whole new novel in just five months. Not only that, we decided to blog the story of our quest in real time.
At the time, we had been working together as a critique group for a couple of years, and brought several previous novels into the world along the way. Yet we all felt the need for a shake up to renew our excitement about the writing life. And what adds suspense, tension and intensity to a story? Yup. A ticking clock. D-Day: February 5, 2013.
That’s how 5 Writers 5 Novels 5 Months was born. While we had all had successful careers doing something else before we shifted gears and decided to become “real” writers, we were still literary neophytes with lots to learn. (Meet us in The Five).
And, together, did we ever learn! A lot about writing. A lot about blogging. A lot about life. And a lot about ourselves.
Some things we’ve learned:
Writing a novel in 5 months isn’t easy. (Our hats are off to those NaNoWriMo folks who try to do it in one month!)
Everyone writes their own way. There’s really no one-size-fits-all formula for getting it done.
Failure is as valuable as success. Just keep learning, keep writing, and keep getting better.
So how did we do? Read an overview of our 2012 adventure in The Frying Pan and The Fire. Or search our blog posts by keyword to find out some of the things we learned, and struggled with, along the way.
Fast forward …
Now it’s 2015 – three years later – and we’re doing the whole thing all over again. Well, we told you we were crazy!
We know we can count on great support from each other on this new formidable journey. But we’d love to have you in our cheering section. We invite you along as we blog (and slog) our way toward those magic words The End. We’ll do our best to entertain you.