Welcome to All Saints Day or, if you're into this sort of thing, the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Today is the day thousands of writers will begin the task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Some will succeed, some will fail. Hopefully, all will learn something from the experience. I suspect, typically, the lesson is 'yes, I can do this' or 'nope, not for me'.
Which is fine. Not everyone is cut out to write fast, dirty drafts. Hell, this year I have been one of them. The editor gets in the way, or the self-doubt, or whatever.
If you haven't tried NaNo, I recommend you give it a whirl - if for no other reason than to give writing editot-free a chance. I did it originally just to prove to myself I could write to deadline. Which has helped tremendously when I actually had deadlines and junk.
Last night, I finished reading the forgotten fantasy I started during NaNo 2013. 55K words worth. And you know what? It ain't half bad. If I remember right, the first time I tried NaNo (unofficially, of course) the book eventually turned into Wish In One Hand. I think Blink of an I was an unofficial NaNo novel, too. My one official NaNo novel that turned into a book is Fertile Ground. So, you see, NaNo novels can become real books down the road a piece.
Anyway, like I said, I finished read the fantasy last night, and I'm finding myself pretty jazzed about finishing the book. All sorts of ideas were floating in my head during the read and I think I can make this into a whole book. Whether that will take another 50K words remains to be seen. It is a fantasy after all.
I still don't have a title, but it's about paternal teenage twins Aryl and Lyra and their allies - their training to be mages and the interruption of their training to go fight the evils coming out of the mists before the mists fall entirely and evil covers the land. There's magic and monsters and love and death and all sorts of stuffs.
So, today it begins. I pick up where I left off, with the hero in a quandary and a decision to be made. In fact, the last words I wrote on that manuscript were 'What is Aryl's decision?' Apparently, I didn't know the answer then because I never got back to the manuscript, but I think I know the answer now and I will be forging ahead.
Keep your fingers crossed.