Last November my husband challenged me to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month, commonly known as NaNoWriMo. Now, they have groups for it, and you can submit stuff online, but I wasn’t about to do any of that seeing as I had never written anything before. So I did it for fun. I had a vague idea of what I wanted for a story and I just started writing.
It wasn’t the smoothest process and I hit those moments of “what on earth am I doing?” and “should I even keep going on?”, but I pressed on, writing a bunch of crap if necessary. I was happy when the month was over and I actually finished the novel with 53,000 words. After going through an edit, I ending up adding a bunch of stuff, pushing me up to around 70,000 words.
I have done multiple drafts now, trying to tweak my story so it makes sense and there aren’t any plot holes or character inconsistencies. I have come to find that I really enjoy writing and this is something I would like to do for a living. Whether that will ever happen or not, who knows, but it’s worth a shot, right?
Last month I went to a Writing for Charity event where I took a few classes from published authors. Everything I learned was extremely helpful and I have tried to apply what I gained to my book. I also bid on a silent auction to have a published author critique the first chapter of my book and I won. It was pure agony waiting for the results, but I’m really happy with what I gained. She had wonderful insight and helped me see how I could improve my book.
I have already started the second book in the New Haven series, which I am really excited about. I have so many ideas floating around in my head and I can’t wait to get them out on paper. I have taken a small break on writing it so I could do another edit of book one, but I hope to get back to book two soon.
So this is where I am at. Back to editing!