For those of you who have read some of my blogs in the past, you might know that I started my first novel around March. I started it with the intent of just wanting to be productive. I just wanted to do something with the time that I was wasting every day. I mean, why spend that extra hour on Facebook? Or a hockey or video game forum? Or playing video games? Or just staring at the computer screen, hoping that something might happen?
When I asked myself those questions, I couldn’t come up with a single logical answer and for good reason.
There isn’t one.
Am I saying that you shouldn’t do those things? Not at all. People work differently. Some people need that time to just vegetate and coast. Some people enjoy that part of their day more than anything else and some people find solace there. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has their vice.
Personally, I felt like I was just in this rut that I couldn’t get out of and I wanted to do something about it. So, I vowed to spend a little bit of time writing every night. The goal initially was to write 1,000 words a night. For the most part, I stuck to that. There were a few nights where I skipped out a little bit early. There were a few nights when I didn’t write at all, but I felt guilty on those nights and the next night or two, I spent twice as long writing and I made up for it. Did I have to? No. It’s not like anyone would know. It’s not like it would matter, but that’s not the point. The point is, I made a promise of sorts to myself that I would be productive and I wanted to hold to that promise.
And I did.
Last night, I finished the first draft of my first novel. It is a YA Novel that is tentatively titled, “I Remember…” and is approximately 100,000 words. It’s not finished. Not even close. I have story arcs to tie together. I have characters that I need to develop more and most importantly, I have to fix about eight billion spelling/grammar/extra/missing word errors (Thanks, Erica!)
When I get through the novel again and finish editing the first draft, I would like a couple of people to read it over, do some informal editing and just give me their overall opinions. If you would like to be one of these people, please let me know.
Again, it probably won’t be for at least a month, but I’d like to start seeing where the interest lies now. If you say that you’re interested, please know that I am asking for a semi-serious commitment. I am only going to send it to a few people and I want those people to realize that it will be time consuming. I’m going to need people that are going to be able to get through it in a two week-ish period. So, if you’re interested. Again. Send me a message on Facebook or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!