Day 14: Homestretch

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When I started Nanowrimo early this month, I was filled with apprehension. I was scared that I’d run out of puff a few days into it and confirm what I feared most – that I don’t have it in me to write a novel.

But 14 days into this project, I have clocked 46,539 words. I am on such a high about doing 50,000 words in 15 days I am thinking of doing TWO novels in a month! I really don’t like stopping until I’ve run myself to the ground, right?

To be fair, the worst thing you can do when you’re trying to achieve something is compare yourself with others. Always – always – there¬†will be¬†someone better than you. There are so many great writers who were prolific in their time; their productivity never getting in the way of their panache.

As you’d expect though, this is the first draft. This diamond is so rough it’s more rock than gem. But I am still very happy that I managed to squeeze in time in between the demands of work (a big project) and community service (the Pasko fest just passed).

Interestingly I’ve made even better use of my personal time and have made an effort to catch up with friends.

So, where am I up to? I don’t know how the novel will end but I am 5,000 to 8,000 words away. I’m still not sure if the family saga format works as it’s hard to do a story without a clear hero’s journey theme. I think I’ve got some sort of narrative fiction in my hands.

I have touched base with an editor from Chicago. I chose her for a couple of reasons, which I won’t go on here for now. Only that I wanted someone who doesn’t know me from a bar of soap to critique my draft.

I have stopped doing vlogs because I’ve been so tired. But I am writing or thinking about the novel every day. This morning, I woke up at 6.30am and wrote 2,200 words. Woo hoo! Almost there!

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