Finally Finished!

I’ve finally finished the rough draft of my novel. (Actually I finished it over a week ago, but due to work, etc., I’ve been a bit too busy to write this post.) It began as a NaNoWriMo project last year, and I made the 50,000 word goal to be considered a winner. However, November 30th was the last day I looked at it….until about three weeks ago. All I had to do was add a few closing chapters to tie up the ends. The rough draft is complete, coming in at about 57,000 words. All it took me was six weeks! Over a stretch of about 10 months….

But I’m quite thrilled with this small accomplishment. Yes, I know the book is pretty much crap, but that’s why it’s called a rough draft! But it is complete in that it has character development and a plot. It needs more work, of course. But as the only person who has read most of it so far has said, “It’s better than some of the crap that’s published.” And I guess that maybe that’s true. It still doesn’t mean I’m sending out query letters though. Just yet. Maybe eventually? Or maybe when I write something better? After all, this is my first novel. I could consider it practice.

Anyway…. The working title is Queens of Winter. I’m not thrilled with this title, but until something better comes along, I’m going to stick with it. As you can probably guess, it’s a young adult fantasy novel. More specifically, a faery novel.

Reagan is looking forward to the summer before her senior year. As a talented dancer, she has been accepted into a summer arts program, along with her best friend Gabe, who is a talented pianist. Finally, she feels as if she is where she belongs. But when she meets one of her dance instructors, Kai, she is immediately attracted to his ethereal grace and captivating dark good looks. All is not as it seems, though. Reagan is really a half-human, half-fey. She is a true faery princess. Her relationship with Kai progresses, but can she trust him? Especially when she discovers that his motive in getting close to her has all been an assignment? Her feelings for him cause her to be led into the dangerous Unseelie Court, where she must discover who she really is if she wants to save herself, and Kai as well.

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Outline for NaNoWriMo

Yesterday I completed the outline for my novel. Completed, as in, there is a beginning, middle, and end, and the plot seems to actually work! This is more of an accomplishment than I thought possible a few months, or even weeks, ago. I was really having a hard time figuring everything out.

My outline is about 6 pages long, handwritten. Today my plan is to type it out, revising and adding scenes and ideas as I go. I’ve already got 2-3 Beta-readers in mind, just to make sure my outline makes sense and to get feedback and suggestions. I know that NaNoWriMo will be much easier if I have a clear path already laid out, instead of trying to bush whack my way through as I go.

I’m home from church, I’ve got my hot tea and a bagel, and I’ve got a warm fuzzy purring feline, Minerva, snuggled against me. I think that means I’m ready to go!

Correction, in the few seconds it took me to write that last sentence, Albus has climbed into my lap, somewhat obstructing one of my arms, making it a bit difficult to type. So, now I have two felines basically in my lap. That’s ok. It’s good to be loved!

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

At the beginning of this month, it really hit me hard that NaNoWriMo starts soon. So in the true fashion of NaNoWriMo, (sarcasm, here), I really began stressing over plot and characters. There were a couple different stories floating around in my head, vying for the top spot. The problem was that I didn’t know the entire story yet. Of course, this isn’t a real problem, but with it being my first attempt at NaNoWriMo, I really want to have a plot summary, outline, character sketches, etc. so that I can really improve my chances of actually hitting that goal of 50,000 words and having a few sections of my story that don’t completely suck.

Anyway, one of my ideas is a historical romance, undecided if it will be more in the style of a regency romance or not. The second idea is young adult fantasy. I have to say, the romance seems like it would be easier to write, just because there are limitations and boundaries. It seems like it would be more straight forward to write. And no stressing about made up creatures and their appearance, characteristics, abilities, etc. Even so, initially the YA fantasy drew my attention. I wanted to be able to write something a bit edgy, scenes of which are already coming together in my head. The main problem? The plot. How does this happen? What happened in the past to make things the way they are now? I just haven’t had that great idea yet, or even that idea that seems “good enough” to put into a rough draft. But I’m still working on it.

In an attempt to help me decide which route to go, I put together some very vague plot summaries (and no, I don’t know a lot more information than those vague summaries myself), and let my mom and 2-3 others read them. One of my friends immediately liked the romance idea, as she is not really into reading fantasy. However, everyone else went for the fantasy idea. And so did I, until I started stressing about the plot. Then I thought that I’d go for the romance. And then the fantasy won out again. So, back and forth it goes.

I thought maybe reading a few more YA fantasy novels could give me more ideas, and put me in more of the right mood to think. That’s what I was referring to in a previous post, about “more on YA fantasy later.” I looked through my shelves last night, and didn’t see anything else that I could tackle in the spirit of “research,” so a trip to the library might be on the schedule today. But there are still those things like laundry, scrubbing the bathtub, and vacuuming, all screaming for my attention as well. But as I don’t have to go to work (my “real” job, that is) today, perhaps I can get my imagination and household chores to call a truce.

Just long enough to come up with an amazing plot. Ha.

Introductions

I definitely have a passion for the written word. I am an avid reader and will devour most anything I can get my hands on…well, almost. I’ve also been toying with the idea of writing for a few years now.

I recently stumbled upon something called NaNoWriMo while I was searching the internet, and I found the idea inspirational. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and the premise is that anyone can write a novel, the main motivation being a deadline. NaNoWriMo occurs every November, and it’s a race against the calendar to finish 50,000 words, a nice length for a rough draft, of a novel. There are literally thousands of participants from all over the world. So, I thought, if so many others can do this, what is there stopping me? I went ahead and registered on the website, and I am now an official participant for NaNoWriMo 2010. A committment made, so no backing out.

Then, I thought, why wait? And I pulled out the dusty first two chapters of a story I started about 2 and 1/2 years ago and got to work again.

So, the point of this blog is to share my thoughts on the books I’ve read, both good and bad, and to have some accountability (providing similar motivation to a deadline) regarding my writing project(s).