So it seems to be November 30th. That means that my first ever NaNoWriMo is ending as off midnight tonight.
Well, I went ahead and submitted my work…and I WON!!!
It feels great-amazing-wonderful-exciting-unbelievable-didImentionwonderful!!! I honestly didn’t think I could do it, even when I first signed up at the end of October. I was even behind by about 10,000 words for the good majority of the month. But somewhere along the way I hit my stride. I couldn’t stop at 2,000 words, I had to keep going until the scene (or scenes) in my head were completed written down. That, my friend, was the best feeling I have ever encountered.
Now. Onto editing?
I recently finished reading John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars. Here is the overview from the back cover:
“Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
I had heard a lot about this book in the last few months. Mainly that it was awesome. So, when I received a gift card to a bookstore for my birthday, I decided to pick it up. I am a huge fan of Young Adult, so I had no worries about the genre. But this is my first John Green and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
My conclusion? Ohmygoodnesssofreakinggood. I read it in less than a week. No, seriously. From the very first page I loved Hazel’s character. And her sardonic little comments. Her attitude was completely believable, as both a teenager and a teenager who could die at any time. Also, I couldn’t get over how much I loved John Green’s writing style. It’s funny, with a hint of the unexpected (i.e. language). I hope some of his other work has this aspect.
Now, I’m not one for giving away too much information about the book (honestly, if I give it a good review, you should just read it). But here’s a little breakdown: Augustus is everything a girl wants; funny, gorgeous, kind, badass, completely-in-love-with-her. Their story is wonderful and I wish the book had gone on longer, but alas, all things have an end.
Now go read it.
It’s the final stretch of NaNo. How am I doing? Roughly 4,000 words behind. Must step it up for these last few days! I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
Actually, I’m fairly certain that I know I can. Either way though, this has been the most productive and eye opening month in my writing career. I have had an absolute wonderful time getting to know my characters and writing out the story. I have a long way to go before the first draft is done (I think I’m about halfway done with the 40,000 words I currently have).
Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, has been the biggest help so far. I will definitely be rereading it when I start the rewrite stage in a few months. I also think I will take his advice and leave the manuscript be for a few weeks (while starting on a new story). That way I can look at it with fresh eyes later.
Overall, the writing is getting better and smoother. I love writing every day and it no longer feels like a chore, but something that I itch to do. And I can’t tell you have much I love that itch.