Now Brewing: Green Mountain Coffee’s Breakfast Blend. This is my first time brewing this and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not typically a fan of darker blends, but this one had subtle hints of both light and dark roasts which made for a very sweet morning cup. A wonderful way to wake up and get the day rolling.
National Novel Writing Month is flying by and as the half month mark hit earlier this week, the pressure to hit the 50,000 word mark by the end of the month meant crunch time for many novelists across the country. Although for many, this challenge is an exciting way to spend the month, for others it was a bit too grueling and they’ve chosen to slink quietly out of the NaNoWriMo contest.
Still others find themselves writing half a novel and having to start all over because the style isn’t working for them. As we near the holiday break, many novelists have sprinted towards the finish line, vowing to finish before Turkey day, and saving editing for after the holiday. Others are a little more laid back in the approach, feeling confident their novel will be finished, and letting the story come to them.
One novelist, T.D. Wulf, took time out of this busy writing scramble to fill me in on his NaNoWriMo journey. Wulf’s word count has hit just over the 10,000 mark as we spoke. With the half month marker gone he jokes that “you would think I would be stressed,” which I definitely would be (my novel doesn’t have to be finished until April and I’m already second-guessing that date). Wulf remains calm about the end of his novel, UnderCity, and says,
“I’m not [stressed] though. Writing tends to come in waves for me.”
The writing of UnderCity he tells me, didn’t even begin until 12:05 am on November 1st. It’s been an exciting ride for him so far, with typical difficulties of not having enough time to get all the characters stories out in a readable way, and a soundtrack he describes as “as eclectic as my stories” that features artists such as Tool and Puscifer–– as well as Dub-step mixes and even some country titles.
Wulf balances writing UnderCity with a full-time job as well as typical day to day life. Although for some, these hinderances call for a writing goal by day or a certain time set aside to write. Wulf says that he “writes to enjoy writing and let the story flow.” He says that setting a goal for writing would make it into a job, rather than an outlet for fun, which can get into the way for creative writers.
Wulf’s style, which he describes as one all his own, is poetic yet gives the reader information and humor. One of his favorite lines from his previously published novel, Legends of Auryona: Return of the Queen, “with all the grace of a pig on a frozen pond” captures this poetic, yet humorous style in such a way that it’s hard for me to not crack a smile as I read it. Legends of Auryona: Return of the Queen is available for purchase online.
Although there’s still half the month left in NaNoWriMo, Wulf periodically uploads his progress in UnderCity to Smashwords.com, which is a website where authors can publish their books electronically as they write (or finish) them.
With a first sentence like, “Josephine sat at the base of the grand staircase, her pistol at her feet,” it’s hard to keep myself from reading more. Luckily, you can find UnderCity as he continues to write it on Smashwords here.
With a little less than fifteen days left in NaNoWriMo, I thank T.D. Wulf for taking time off from UnderCity to answer my questions and I wish him all the luck necessary to finish strong!
On his final thought when asked what will happen next in UnderCity, Wulf explains that often, he doesn’t even know. He adds, “That’s what makes it so darn fun!”
And that’s what writing is all about!
See You All Soon,
Kathryn E. Weast