November is almost over, and with it, this thing called NaNoWriMo . . . which is actually called National Novel Writing Month . . . which should ACTUALLY be called International Novel Writing Month . . . which would be InNoWriMo….
I have derailed. Let me start again.
November is almost over and so is that thing I’ve been doing. What have I been doing? Writing a novel. Or, specifically, working towards 50,000 words of a novel, which is the goal of NaNoWriMo. Believe it or not, I WON! Won = reached 50k words before Dec. 1.
A few years ago, I wrote my longest piece of fiction ever. It clocked in at ALMOST 8,000 words. That’s it. And I worked about a week on it. But this November, I cranked out over 52,000 words! And not just words, but most of them are really good, I think. Heck, you’d probably even recognize most of them. I’ve seen them many other places and I bet you have too.
All kidding aside, I’m really happy and proud of my story. During the writing process, I have actually teared up twice from the story. There are some really sad parts. But I promise to those of you who will one day read it, there are happy parts too.
As far as one day reading it, this WILL happen! My aim was a little different than some others for NaNo. I wasn’t just writing 50k words or writing a book, I was writing a novel that I hope to publish someday. How is that different than others? Well, I met a lot of people who were writing fan-fiction, which is where you write using characters and places already established by another writer. Imagine a book about Harry Potter that wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling. OR a book about characters in Rowling’s universe, but NOT Harry or Ron or Hermoine. Imagine a book about Cho. Or Twilight fan-fic. No, not that. Let’s think about Cho again. *sigh* How old would Cho be now? 1
Back on track: the thing about fan fiction is, you can’t sell it. JoRo owns the rights to all the characters in the Harry Potter universe, and she hasn’t given you permission to use them, and will sue your ass if you try. Same goes for Star Wars, or Twilight, or Tolkien, or Superfudge. (That’s right, I just challenged someone to write Superfudge fan-fic!)
Anyway, the point I was trying to make is, I’d like to sell my novel. And the books to follow, because I realized early on that this was going to be, if not a series, at least two books. Do I expect to make Stephen King-money? No. Do I expect to make $5. Yes. I am certain I will make $5, even if I have to ask my Dad to buy it. Whether I go the traditional publishing route or the self-publishing Kindle, Nook, PDF, route I don’t know. But I do know it’s a damn good story and I’m a damn good . . . above-mediocre writer.
But I’m not done. November is winding down, and although I’ve passed 50k (is it 50k or 50K?), I’ve still got quite a bit to write. The way the story is outlined, I feel it will clock in around 85-90,000 words.
So here’s my request for you guys: stay on me about this! Ask me what my word count is. Ask me how the story is coming along. Indulge me if I keep shouting out my word count. Because soon this will all be over and I’ll start editing, which I promise will be done in the closet. No shouting there.
And thanks so much for the support, everyone. I can’t believe how many people have stood behind me during this. Other writers I know, people I’ve never met except online, people I’ve only met because of NaNo, friends, my Constant Reader (you know who you are, Dennys!), and most importantly, Judith. I couldn’t have done this without her beside me. Or, to be more exact, without her across the room from me. She had to endure countless interruptions of, “Guess what I just had a character do!” and “Listen to this!” She also had to endure a LOT of Brian Eno being played. Specifically, “Music for Airports.” Thank you, Judith. I couldn’t have done this without you. I love you
1 = Cho would be 32. Wow. (Source)