I love November. Not only because of the turkey, although…Yum!, but also because I get a chance to write 50,000 words while over 100,000 people are doing the same thing. It is fun, exhilarating, and reminds me of why I love to write.
This year I am writing a middle grade steampunk western titled A Permanent Darkness. It is The City of Ember meets the TV show Eureka with a little Ranger’s Apprentice tossed in. My town is in an alternate universe that intersects with our world in 1895, so I don’t have to change our history, just the history of the town. The hardest part is the steampunk, but I think I am going to do it in two ways. The town itself will be something unique, not quite steampunk, and not quite normal. The evil that is trying to destroy the town’s energy will be classic steampunk, complete with gears, automatons, top hats, corsets, and goggles. That way I can play with the town the way I want and not lose any of the steampunk essence.
I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
– Edgar Rice Burroughs