Much to my own surprise, I have written and published a 182 page novel in less than a month. #nanowrimo
The main thing that allowed me to accomplish this feat was that I never doubted I could do it. I gave myself a daily task and I did what I needed to do to get it done. None of it was hard because I never thought of it as being hard. I had something to do. I figured out how to do it. And I used every bit of my skills.
I wrote the very short stories that inspired the novel in October after binging on Ghost Adventures. I decided to write the novel for nanowrimo with about a week left before November. I spent the rest of October reading books about witches, especially the English witch trials. On November 1, I wrote the prologue. One chapter a day, 2500 words per chapter. Three days off for the wedding.
I mentioned to Stacey in October that I thought my stories would make a sweet little novel. I never mentioned it again until the wedding, when I was three chapters from finished. I’m sure she noticed but I did my best to keep my project invisible. I did my work, had meetings with colleagues, walked the dogs, watched TV, all that jazz. The silence helped me focus.
If you know me, you might know that attitude and focus are not really my strengths. Anxiety and distraction are my usual approach to life. #cognitivetherapy has changed the way I think. Gratis Deo.
I have sacrificed my reading. I’ve always been willing to make that trade; writing tops reading.
Of course, I have no taste for marketing. Selling my book is something I can hardly think about. Please buy my book so I don’t have to waste my time promoting it. I’d rather be thinking about what I’m going to write next.