Merry Christmas, everyone! Can you believe it’s already only four days until Christmas? Where has December gone??
I just wanted to post an update on here that I FINISHED my novel! I actually finished it back on December 14th, but I’ve been so busy with preparing for Christmas, job stuff, being a wife, dental issues, church, finances, keeping our kitten from destroying our apartment, shopping, and more, that I just haven’t gotten around to it until now. It’s been quite the month!
However, since finishing my book, despite everything else going on, I’ve still been able to step back for a moment and sigh with relief. It truly is the best feeling ever to finish an entire first draft of a novel. Though I still have lots of editing and revisions ahead of me I’m sure, just knowing that the story from start to finish is down on paper, not just swimming around in my head, is an incredible feeling. The story is there; now I have to polish it. Also, considering I was starting to become a little fearful that I wouldn’t finish, I’m pretty relieved. In fact, I was so determined to finish my book that I wrote 7,000 words on December 14th. Which, if you don’t know, is a LOT. Especially for one day.
I wrapped up “The Cursed Blessing” at a total of 77,400 words. I was aiming for somewhere between 70k and 80k, so I’m quite pleased with the result. I have hopes to reach 80k in the editing process, but I guess we will see.
This book has been completely different from my other two novels. Not only is it the shortest novel I’ve written, but it was the easiest to write by FAR, and it had the most fleshed-out/developed outline. While my outline for my second book was simply a page with a “timeline” of plot events, the outline for TCB sat at over 6500 words, with each notable scene jotted down from the beginning to the end. While I had to revise the outline for my second book about three times while writing the book, the outline for TCB stayed true and worked for the entire book.
I can’t help but wonder if my latest novel is shorter due to the fact that I had a stronger outline and a more developed concept of the book before even starting it than I had for either of my other books. Thus, I was able to be more concise in my writing.
Another difference between TCB and my other novels is point of view. For my two published novels, I wrote from various points of view, the main character being in first person, and then other parts of the story from different character points of view while using third person. For TCB, I stuck to the main character’s head, in first person point of view. The reader only knows what she knows, and honestly, I really liked that. It makes sense that not writing scenes from other character points of view would shorten the book as well.
Though there is this entire idea behind NaNoWriMo of “quantity, not quality” (which, for a time bothered me, though I learned this November that they just meant you can always edit later–you can’t edit a book that doesn’t even exist to begin with), I do believe this book is my best work of “quality, not quantity.”
But I guess I’ll see if that still seems true when I start editing sometime in January. 😉
Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I finished and after New Year’s I will start editing it, life permitting that is. Work and being with my husband take priority. For now, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!