Another November and another NaNoWriMo is in the books. Whew! I fell behind in the middle of the month and had to really push myself to catch up and finish. But, I did. Well, I should amend that statement. I wrote 50,000 words, but I didn’t finish the story. Does that sound familiar? It should. It’s the same as last year.
This is my third NaNo. The first year I wrote a memoir about my mom. I needed a way to make sense of my loss, and words are my go to method of deciphering life. Also, I wanted to get things written down so that I wouldn’t forget and so that I could give them to my daughter (who loved her Grammy fiercely). It’s a rambling, stream-of-consciousness, non-linear sprawl of words. Mostly about my mom, sometimes about other family member, but always about our family. I have tried to read over some of it in the two years since I wrote it, but it’s still too painful for me. Some of the stories are funny, and I know that I will enjoy reading them when I am able.
The last two years, though, I have written children’s books. Chapter books, mind you! Well, I have started children’s books and have enough material and ideas to complete them… I just need more time. That’s all! More time!!! That’s probably what everyone says. But, since I am going to start working four days a week, maybe I’ll be able to devote that extra day to sitting in front of the computer and assembling words. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…
The first novel was a stand alone story. It was a bedtime story that I had started making up when Zoe was a very small child. I never finished it during her childhood (sorry, Kid!), mostly because I was always exhausted and would fall asleep during the telling. It changed a bit between the telling and the writing, but the core of the story remains the same. I really like it! Its theme is a classic one; the Hero’s Journey. It has a young girl as the hero of the story, as is only right and proper since it was thought up for a young girl.
The second novel is pretty exciting for me. The way it is structured, there is a definite possibility for sequels. I spent some time in the world building mode, and there are lots of characters and I think that there could be further novels with the same cast of characters. That’s exciting!
So, that’s November’s effort done. I have some other projects to complete – including a quilt for one of my best friends’ first grandchild (before she turns 1) – and I am really looking forward to working on things that are satisfying and pleasing to me. And, as the NaNoWriMo folks say, November is for writing, December is for editing. Well, first to finish the story, and then to edit. I will get there!