NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. Good luck to all you participating. Stay tuned for a special NaNoWriMo contest. I'm going to be working on the sequel to Innocent Darkness, I'm also teaching an online class on Steampunk--so this will be a busy month.
Happy Halloween! Anyone doing anything fun?
Over the summer I was in edits on two projects. Literally I edited non-stop from May to September. Brutal.
All that editing can sap the muse.
I didn't mean to write an entire manuscript, after all, I was editing. It really happened quite innocently.
I had a small break between edits, and my agent had suggested I try re-writing an adult project as a YA. I tried writing a few chapters. It just didn't work--for my story. However, I adored the world and story I had created.
So, over the next few months when I got burned out editing, I'd take a day and work on this side project, which I'd "filed the serial numbers" off of and created a whole new story, with new characters. A chapter here, a scene there, this was my stress relief, for personal amusement story. I'd just use it for a little day-long break when I really needed it, then get right back to editing.
About a week ago, I wrote "the end" on the story I'd completely pantsed, written scene-by scene, over four months while editing.
Yes, I accidentally wrote a book.
This was not a story I'd ever set off to write, it never was on my TBW (to-be-written) list. Certainly, I didn't expect to finish it.
I don't know if it's any good. Since I had so much fun writing it, I am convinced no one else will find it interesting.
But that's okay. I didn't write this for publication, I wrote this to stay sane during edits. I remembered how much fun writing was and that it's more than deadlines, edits, and promotion.
The moral to the story is that if you work a little at a time and keep up at it, you will finish something. So, keep it up.
Writing is fun--and if you keep chipping at that story, you'll find yourself writing the two best words "the end" -- even if you didn't mean to write it in the first place.