I have talked about my own books and several charity anthologies that either I or writer friends have put together. I believe in all of the causes as well as the people that are behind these books and while I will continue to share them, today I wanted to do something a little different. With the month more than half over and Nano progressing as it does with some people posting about why they fell they will never be able to cross the finish line and others proudly proclaiming that they have finished, in some cases for the first time, I wanted to share a book that for me has been more accurate describing the experience than any other out there.
There are a number of books about Nano from No Plot, No Problem and Ready, Set, Novel but all these books do is give advice about how to overcome writer's block or fill in plot holes. They are good things to know but they do not demonstrate from the writer's point of view what it is we experience with our characters. On the other hand there is a book that was written by my friend Zanzibar 7 Schwarznegger called Veneri Verbum and reading this book made me laugh and say out loud repeatedly how familiar the experience sounded.
Schwarznegger takes the main Character Christopher Collum on a journey through the world of characters and figments as he does his best to get home after falling through a plot hole in his own lack of story. It is a fun and interesting read that accurately captures the intricacies of authors fighting through the November challenge. I highly recommend it to anyone thinking about joining us or that simply knows someone that writes in general. Check out Veneri Verbum on Amazon and the synopsis below.
Writing a book may be the perfect solution to all of Christopher Cullum's problems. He's currently living at home (at age twenty-five), but his mom fears she'll be doing his laundry forever. If he doesn't accomplish something notable soon, she may invoke some tough love. He might even have to clean his room.
If he can write a novel in a month and get it published, maybe he can continue living at home. Unfortunately, Christopher is more in love with his main character, Elsa, than he is with writing. His book won't get done by itself-- and neither will his laundry. When he falls through a plot hole into the pre-published world he finds character Figments-- including Elsa-- who aren't very happy with the Writers who've made their lives a literal hell just to finish a story. Oh, and that plot hole is tearing up the very fabric of space-time-space. Can he survive parody flux, plot bunnies, and Nana Romo to get back to his own world before he destroys the one he's created?