Anthony Francis is a long-time NaNoWriMo participant, who’s recently published the first book in his series about Dakota Frost, a tattoo artist with magical powers. We talked with him about revision, publication, and 24-Hour Comics Day:
The first two books in your SkinDancer trilogy started as NaNo drafts. Can you talk about them?
Yes! The cores of both Frost Moon and Blood Rock were written during NaNoWriMo. I’d been planning ideas around my protagonist, a magical tattoo artist named Dakota Frost, and had written a couple of hundred words when November rolled around and I decided to tackle NaNo.
I became so happy with Frost Moon that I started working on a second book, which became Blood Rock. I had 12,000 words before November, and tacked on another 50,000 during the course of the month. That’s when I decided that I didn’t care about following the rules specifically. Every November, I’d pick a novel—unwritten or not—and add 50,000 words to it, and that would be my challenge. And I’ve done it ever since!
After November’s over, revision time inevitably rolls around. Do you have any advice for those of us who will soon be struggling in the revision doldrums?