Nanowrimo Spotlight: Brad Bailey

Well, it’s less than a week until November starts! My region had their Kick-off party this afternoon, and it was a lot of fun. Good luck to everybody out there who’ll be participating this year! This evening, I have a spotlight interview from Brad. First off, here’s what Brad has to say about his Nano history…


Last year was my first year doing NaNo, and I won the challenge. Last year, my favorite part was my brother and Dad being impressed when I told them I had finished the day after Thanksgiving, having gone up to Colorado to visit them and still getting it all done. That, and the whiskey distillery tour they took me on.

What are you writing about this year?

This year, I’m still juggling between three different ideas. The first one feels a bit too much like a Jack Reacher story, so I’m leaning towards on of the other two ideas. Which are either a YA journey novel, or an… You know what, I’m still not even really sure what the third idea is yet.

What is your favorite movie – you have to pick just one!

The Shawshank Redemption is the best movie ever.

What advice would you give to all your fellow Wrimos?
Part of it comes from my military background. Once I committed to the idea of doing NaNoWriMo, I would not allow myself to fail, no matter what got in the way. You make time every day to do other things that probably matter way less. Make this a committment. The other part is this: the requirement is not that it be any good, just that it be 50,000 words or more. And preferably finished.

Sneaky Ninja question! Are you more of a planner, or a spontaneous person?
I’m more spontaneous, but am trying to become more of a planner.


I’m a guitar player, and my music can be found at, as well as iTunes and all the usual suspects. My website,, is marginally kept up to date with my performances and projects. I was in the Army for almost nine years, and went to Iraq twice. NaNo would have been a great way to fill that November I spent at the port in Kuwait watching shipping containers be loaded onto a cargo ship.

Thanks for dropping by, Brad!

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