It's November and that means many writers are competing in NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month). I'm using this time as an opportunity to finish the first draft of Snow Dolls. I'll be honest here, there hasn't been many days with the kind of progress I' was hoping for. I'm at 78,000 words and the minimum goal I had in mind was closer to 85,000. I'm about two chapters away from writing The End. But it's grueling work. These are the chapters that matter...really, really matter, and I have to get them right. But that's where the problem lies. I keep thinking they're the most important chapters and I can't screw them up because the whole story will fall apart like ice turned to water, and as I sit there and try to finish the damn thing, all I end up doing is psyching myself out. Fingers frozen over the keyboard realizing that my heart is fluttering in my chest, and that eating ice cream would make me feel better, so I should go and do that, or better yet, just stop and catch up on all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls...
Snow Dolls has been two to three years in the making. Most of those years were spent building the world and the characters, and figuring out the plot. It meant a lot to me to finish Violet Storm, despite the fact that I did not believe in it as much as I did in Snow Dolls. Even so, it was important for me to finish. The hardest part about being a novelist is getting from one tough hurdle to the next, beginning with the idea, finishing the first draft, and then revising over and over again as you poke at every part, finding and fixing plot holes, character flaws, and of course sharpening the writing. There's structure and pacing to consider, character appeal and development, and good lord, does the story make sense? Is the ending right or will people want to scream and throw things at me? And how do I know everything works?
I try not to cry often. But seriously. They're more tears of joy.
Writing a full-length novel is a lot like trying to get to the end of a rainbow by wading through a river of tar. People do triathlons, compete in Iron Man's and Tough Mudder. Me, I write novels. Try that competition on for size.
But I couldn't do it alone. And I just want to say Thank You. Thank you SO MUCH for all the support with Violet Storm. From the amazing family and friends who are the book's biggest cheerleaders, to my fellow bloggers and friends, to the awesome Book Blog Tour, and editorial reviews, to the artists who helped me bring the story to life, it's been a tremendous journey.
And I can't wait to do it all over again. I hope to spend this month getting Snow Dolls ready to query to agents and then it's on to Crimson Earth, book two of the Modi Series!
- Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 4
- Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
- Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
- Plot and Story Appeal: 4
- Character Appeal and Development: 5
- Voice and Writing Style: 5
Not bad! I wish I'd placed, but I'm just happy they gave it such high marks. :)
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And Fitz says "Hi." Sort of.