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Thursday, February 28, 2013

112,559 words shy of the mark

Not sure how I did it, but I finished writing on my book the very last day of the month after my personal NaNo. I am very excited and feel that the books ending is good. Now starts the rigorous process of editing it and refining it into something that I would feel is alright to show to an editor.

As you should know from reading my do read it I hope.....this project started out with such a simple notion.
Master Koda Select Publishing  held a contest for short fiction. They required a short story to be less than 10k words to be considered for the contest. I have never been good at that short of a fiction, but I decided to give it a try. I reached 10k words and realized the story hadn't even started. I spent about a week trying to manipulate the story, trimming it down to fit into the 10k words. It just wasn't going to happen. Once I admitted defeat on that I gave up on the contest, but not the story. It intrigued me and I have learned one thing about myself, if a story keeps my interest in telling, it deserves to be told. The next step should be obvious, I decided to continue writing it. To encourage myself I began a personal goal, to achieve the 50k words in a month that is standard for National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, or sometimes just NaNo. Beginning in January I started writing each day so that I could reach this goal. To make it more important in my mind, I started blogging my numbers so that I would have to own up to falling behind, or cheer when I got ahead.

After two months of writing, with one week off for vacation, I finished the novels first run. The story took turns and changes I never thought of at first. To those who do not write you may not understand this, but when writing a fictional story you will start with a notion of how the story will go and often that path gets skewed in wonderful ways that adds so much to the story that you find yourself getting lost in your own words. Its like it has a life of its own and you are just the fingers being used by the story to make sure it gets told. I had characters that I intended on being just guest shots turn into main characters. My villain and hero changed places entirely, and I was even able to throw in a real life friend into the story as a special character that I know she and all readers will fall in love with.

I was worried that forcing myself to write each day would drag the story down and leave it will pointless filler than I would end up extracting in the long run. Boy was I wrong. I sat down each day and found more to write that was pertinent to the story. Sometimes I had no idea what I was going to write that day and I found a little character developing moment to add in that was so much fun that I wanted to add more and more. Or, I did have a thought of what I wanted to add but it would be a small, yet important part. To make it stand out better and continue writing I would write around it to give the moment more reality and character. I finished without the idea that any part was frivolous and would be easily extracted in editing. This excites me to no end.

The bubble wand that inspired the story 
So, after all this time, my little 10k word submission ended at 122,559 words, just 112,559 words over the limit. I am so glad that I did not just log this away as a failure and not write. It has been a joy and the next step will be that much more fun to take care of. Editing is hard work, and sometimes terribly boring, but when you are done each day you really leave with the feeling of making your work just that much better. I am not sure if this book is even worth reading, or that I will have something worthy of publication, but I certainly had a lot of fun writing it and the characters will be with me forever.

Day 1: 3,217 words
Day 2: 585 words
Day 3: 2,170 words
Day 4: 1,420 words
Day 5: 2,202 words
Day 6: 2,496 words
Day 7: 1,344 words
Week 1 ---------13,434 words

Day 8: 958 words
Day 9: 2,248 words
Day 10: 1,775 words
Day 11: 2,249 words
Day 12: 2,754 words
Day 13 2,830 words
Day 14: 1,700 words
Week 2-------- 14,514 words  (27,948 total.)

Day 15: 1,461 words
Day 16: 4,058 words
Day 17: 3,242 words
Day 18: 3,203 words
Day 19: 2,824 words
Day 20: 2,719 words
Day 21: 2,081 words
Week 3------ 19,588 words ( 47,536 total)

Day 22: 1,466 words
Day 23: 0 (book signing)
Day 24: 2,394 words
Day 25: 2,083 words
Day 26: Lazy
Day 27: 3,318 words
Day 28: 1,030 words
Week4-----    10,291 words ( 57,827 total)
Day 29 2,692 words
Day 30: 900 words
Day 31: 2,070 words
End  63,489 words
 (Book total at this point: 76,477 words)

Month 2
Day 1: 1,218 words
Day 2: 3,740 words
Day 3: 3,115 words
Day 4: 1,279 words
Day 5: 2,367 words
Day 6: 1,491 words
Day 7: 2,571 words
Week 1.2----- 15,781 words ( 93,789 book total.)

Day 8: 1,381 words
Day 9-15 Vacation: 0 words
Day 16: 2,651 words
Day 17: 2,146 words
Day 18: 1,805 words
Day 19: 2,193 words
Day 20: 1,384 words
Week total-- 11,560 words ( 103,967 book total)

Week 4:
Day 21: 1,218 words
Day 22: 2,009 words
Day 23: 1,614 words
Day 24: 2,615 words
Day 25: 2,003 words
Day 26: 2,851 words
Day 27: 2,149 words
Week Total----- 14,459 words (118,224 total)

Final Day: 4,335 words

Grand Total: 122,559 words 

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