I’ve written a book!
The first draft of A Scream in the Woods is complete. I only started it on the first of August, so in 52 days I’ve managed to write a 74k first draft. I cannot believe that I’ve actually done it. Thank you Camp NaNo for giving me the incentive to write another novel. 🙂
I wrote three novels back in the early nineties and then stopped writing. For years I didn’t write anything, fiction related at least. At the back of my mind I’ve always been dreaming up new stories, I am a piscean after all, but nothing flowed onto page.
Then I started writing my crime novel in 2005/6. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it again. That I still had enough focus to plan and write another novel. In fact, now that I’ve finished A Scream in the Woods, I’m going to tackle the third draft of my crime novel. I will spend the next week setting everything in place in Scrivener so I’m ready to roll.
During this year I’ve set myself some challenges and one of those was to take part in one of the NaNoWriMo competitions. Again to prove to myself that I have it in me. The chance to work on more than one story at the same time also appealed. Nothing better to distract myself than another story. And, it keeps the old grey cells working.
So, A Scream in the Woods is backed-up in forty different locations (I jest. Saved in about seven drives and backups) and printed and pushed into a drawer for a while to let the story ferment in my head. Notebook’s at the ready for any changes, ideas and research.
I NEVER thought I would be able to write a draft in such a short period of time. If you want to kick-start a new writing project, I recommend competing in a NaNoWriMo competition. Go on. What are you waiting for?