I cannot even begin to tell you how proud I am of the crazy, terrible book I finished last night. For me, the challenge of completing a book in a month had nothing to do with getting published. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. I just wanted to know that I could do it. That I could create good characters and have multiple storylines that were interesting and worked together. I needed to know that I could pace the story so that I didn’t run out of material at 30,000 words. I wanted to know I that I could do it. I did and I admit that I am feeling quite accomplished 🙂
Now, this book is 50% hot mess, 25% boring, and 25% pretty darn good. I was bored with my own book for the first 10,000 words which is probably why I fell so far behind. And then I got serious and put in some time and moved forward, BUT it wasn’t until the halfway point that things got fun for me. In the last three days of November I wrote just over 20,000 words. I averaged about 1,000 words an hour (that’s with 10-15 minute getting up and moving break) so I spent almost 7 hours a day writing in those last three days. I finished last night around 10:30. Nothing gets me working like a deadline.
You all voted on the heroine and hero name. Laurel won and she was a young woman who spent years avoiding home only to find herself back with her anger and mistakes staring her in the face. You all voted for Grant for the hero and I tried. I promise I tried, but my guy was not a Grant. My guy was a Mitch (your second place choice) and he was awesome. He had a son with autism which his not something that I knew when I started. I also thought that Laurel’s ex was going to be a total jerk, but he redeemed himself and that was nice. Laurel was supposed to have a best friend but when she ran into trouble she called her aunt instead and I fell in love with Aunt Joy and I had no idea she’d be in the story at all. So, as you can see, I flew by the seat of my pants and by the end was having a blast.
Someone on Facebook told me it took a strong mind to do what I did, but I think it takes a stubborn mind. That and a dash of fear of failure because I had already failed October’s challenge and I wasn’t going to fail two in a row! So, if anyone has ever called you stubborn and you’ve ever had imaginary conversations in your head then you could do this too! Next November NaNoWriMo will be back and I want some of you to sign up! Who knows, maybe I’ll even try it again 🙂