Ahhhh! At the start of November, I decided that in honor of NaNoWriMo, I would use the writing vibes from the thousands of writers in the world to get my book to 50,000 words. I was at somewhere around 30,000 words at the start of the month (keep in mind, that's a little over 3 months worth of work on this project). Tonight, as I'm sure you have guessed, I made it past my goal!! YAYYYYY!!!! And not only that, but I'm a whole crapload closer to finishing my first ever full-length novel!!!
So yea, lots of !!! these in this post. SOOO...I wrote a whole bunch of stuff right here...well, about two longer sentences that made up a paragraph...and they're all gone because I wrote some dashes that looked like an arrow pointing at those explanation points in the beginning of this paragraph and it turned the whole paragraph into a weird internet code that I had to delete. Whoops! Moving on...
Now that I'm this far into the book --and I'm just repeating myself here-- I'm worried it'll be awful. Then I'm worried that it'll be amazing. Then I'm worried again (and most often) that it will be just terrible.
I have a friend who is all willing and eager to read it. I'm going to go through and do one edit before I let him though, but it has been really nice this whole time knowing that someone is going to give me real live feedback before I send it off to agents.
Once the manuscript does hit either the digital mailboxes or the physical snail-mail versions, I'm going to expect some heart break and humility. It's hearing about books like 'The Help' that gives people like me fairy-tail type dreams though. The common theme in this type of business is that it's totally normal to get rejections left and right until someone finally bites. That could be after the 50th rewrite, but it doesn't mean I ever really have to give up on this particular story that I've had my heart set on for nearly a decade. Persistence. It's the motto I've used for my jewelry business, which has seen a real boost in sales lately (thank you Christmas). And it's the motto I'll definitely use for this, which has been a dream of mine for at least 10 times longer than the jewelry business.
Either way, I need to get to bed now. I wasn't even supposed to finish this many words today. I ended up writing about twice my average because I couldn't sleep. The story itself is really developing perfectly though and I think it's about to get even more fast paced. I might see more late night writing sessions in the future?
FINISH it before 2013...because 13 is a super unlucky number. Hopefully that doesn't affect me getting someone to buy this thing but I don't want to take the chances that it'll affect me finishing it.... :-/