The Writer’s Rush
Today is a long day; suffice it to say it’s the Superbowl rush at our house.
I’m going to begin posting a series of Sunday blogs based on either sermons at church or Christian books I’ve read. I’ll also post below the Sunday part of the blog with a normal post. Most of these will include a quote whether it be from a writer, a book, or the Bible (which, yes, I know it’s a book, but I figured it’s somewhat distinguishable from other books). If you don’t want to read it, feel free to skip down to the bold heading below.
Quote for today: “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Mark Twain
The Thought: My pastor used this quote in conjunction with the question: “What are you afraid of?” If you’re a Christian, this quote applies because we claim to believe in a God who’s powerful enough to control our tomorrows and thus have no real need to worry about or fear the future. And, truthfully, it applies if you’re not a Christian as well. Tell me, how many things have you worried about over the years that never came to pass? I think Twain makes a rather good point, don’t you?
See? That was painless. Now onto the rest of the post…
Once again, I’m writing about writing. But this is a celebratory post, so get excited with me.
At exactly 12:28 a.m., I wrote the last words of Fire and Ice Bound, completing my NaNoWriMo 2009 novel. Yes, it’s a rough draft. Yes, it needs a ton of work. Yes, I’ll be editing the entire month of March.
But… here’s the kicker: I finished writing a novel all by myself.
How many people can claim that? The numbers are high enough, but really, that’s not the point. I set out to do it, and I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. For me, it’s with both a sense of elation and excitement that I wrote the final words of my novel, closing that chapter of the story.
Now I can move on to the sequel… after copious amounts of editing in March, of course. But it’s done, and I can also move on to the next items in my ever increasing goals list for 2010. I’m happy and pleased with myself and feel I’ve given myself a sense of self-discipline I didn’t have before.
In case you’re interested, here are some of the stats about my novel. I promise not to overwhelm you with posts about the content of the book; that’s for another site.
With no further ado:
Title: Fire and Ice Bound
Genre: Fantasy (possibly YA Fantasy)
Total Number of Chapters: 18
Total Number of Pages: 158 (single-spaced, 12-point font Times New Roman)
Total Number of Words: 90,066
I’m thrilled and excited and also exhausted from all the work I’ve done both on the novel and around the house lately. I am definitely looking forward to taking a break from writing novels and beginning other projects.
Now that I’ve completed my story, I feel comfortable saying that I won’t write about it again until I begin the editing process next month. In fact, I’m hoping to have a post on reading for you tomorrow, which would be a nice change of pace, don’t you think? Unless someone asks, I’ll leave my synopsis out of this blog. See my link above for the synopsis posted to my other blog.
Anyway, I’m in a very celebratory mood despite being tired, so I’m rather looking forward to my parent’s Superbowl party tonight. When I hear everyone cheering the teams on, I’ll throw in a cheer of my own for my story.
Feel like joining me? 😀 I hope you all have fabulous Sundays, and please leave any comments or questions you may have. Thank you for reading this little self-centered post, and I promise to leave references of my writing out of the next one!