I RETURN TRIUMPHANT! Yes, humans of the universe, I took a few days off to write a book about dragons for NaNoWriMo, which is also known as National Novel Writing Month, wherein humans glue themselves to their laptop screens for a 30 days and type frantically. 30 days. Yes. I did it in 4 days.
“Why did you do this vastly crazy thing, Cait?” you’re probably asking.
(Or else you’re shrieking “WHAT EVEN WHY ARGH, CAIT, ARGH,” which is also possible but I shall quiet your hullabaloo by giving you cake. You’re welcome.)
I did it because I wanted to see if I could. The aim was 50,000-words in 5 days, but I’m an overachiever and very competitive with myself…ergo I finished in 4. This post isn’t about bragging on this fact, though. Please. It is not. Writing is kind of like running. You don’t just snap your fingers and — BOOM — you’re a fabulous sprinter. You work for it. This little pineapple squid has been working hard and is mildly pleased with this success. ALTHOUGH MY HANDS ARE TIRED. And afterwards I needed to introvert from my own characters. Alone time. Yes please and thank you.
NaNo is done for me! I’m back to blogging and reading (I can’t seem to multitask these and writing!). And yes, I could write another book this month. But just because I did it fast doesn’t mean it wasn’t as creatively exhausting. I AM EXHAUSTED. I shall quietly hibernate my writing skull until 2016.
Last time I wrote a book, I shared snippets so…you know what? I’M BEING BRAVE AND DOING IT AGAIN.
(And you know what?! I’m still dying at how many likes my tweets were getting in those 4 days! I had 40+ likes per snippet I shared and nearly 200 (!!!) on others. SO JUST WOW. For everyone supporting me, I thank you nine billion percent and give you all the cake of ever. It is so so encouraging!!)
The prompts for this month are:
- A snippet without dialogue
- A snippet featuring a friend/family member of your protagonist.
- A snippet that took FOREVER to write.
(I won’t be doing the last one because I am a very detailed plotter and don’t actually get writers block because of this.)
I blathered on in detail about it here, but for those of you who have an epically bad memory like me, I SHALL REFRESH YOU GLADY.
My NaNoWriMo project is a dragon murder mystery. Set in a Japanese inspired modern fantasy world. It’s about 16-year-old Mo whose family is murdered by an ice dragon. since Mo, himself, is a dragon…he looks seriously suspicious. SO HE RUNS AWAY LIKE A LITTLE IDIOT. Ergo it is a roadtrip with Mo and his little brother and his best friend, Ruby, and their journey to find a killer and avoid capture/death. Shape shifting dragons. Sushi. Unreliable narrations. Prison breaks. MUUUUURDER.
It’s a) my first thriller, and b) my first dragon book, and c) my first time writing a book where 80% of the cast dies. My bad.
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…LET’S DO THIS, DESPITE INTENSE SHRIEKING NERVES. The first is my opening sentence.
…it will need copious editing, but I’m really pleased with the first draft! I had fun and there is delicious food and banter and sibling relations and childhood best friends. All the things I like. Excuse me. I must go grin.