I Actually Did It! I Finished A Book But Not The One I Originally Planned To Write

Posted: June 4, 2015 by LilGray in Uncategorized

Hi, so I had heard of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens in November, but I had never participated in it or anything like it.  As those of you who follow my blog know, I recently discovered that there is also such a thing as June Novel Writing Month (JuNoWriMo).  I had planned to try to finish The Vampire and His Pet (TV&HP) by participating in the event.

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However, on Friday I woke from a dream about an FBI Agent named Charlie and his best friend Lucy.  Charlie was in love with her but he watched heartsick at a dinner party as she told her boyfriend she would marry him.  That night an envelope of pictures of Lucy appeared on Charlie’s doorstep revealing that they had a stalker.  That’s when I woke.

The idea pestered me for a bit so I wrote it down intending to go back to it at a later date, but my muse didn’t like that idea, so every two seconds it seemed I’d think of something else for this story.  So finally, I decided to see where it would go and taking the advice of Becca, the woman facilitating JuNoWriMo, I decided to try my hand at writing out an outline, which I had never done for a work of fiction.

I worked on the outline from about 5pm Friday until about 9pm and finished 14 chapters worth of outlines.  Then on Saturday, I went to the movies with my mom, which if any of you like period pieces I highly recommend Far From the Madding Crowd, especially if you’re a fan of Michael Sheen… the man nailed his role… absolutely phenomenal performances all around but his was the best by far.

Anyway, Saturday after I got home I worked on the outline and at 10 pm finished the outline for the final chapter (28 at the time).  I was pretty stoked so when I woke on Sunday I worked on the timeline going through the outline and fixing things so that if a chapter started on a Wednesday and four days later I said Charlie went to work that wouldn’t work since he worked Monday through Friday…so I made those changes even making calendars in Photoshop.

Monday was the first and I’m not sure why but I woke up at 5am and wrote from 5:30am to 8:30pm only stopping long enough to eat and use the bathroom.  I wrote 29,878 words that day.  The next day (Day 02) I wrote 11,636 and then yesterday (Day 03) I wrote 13,803 for a grand total of 55,317.  The goal of JuNoWriMo was 50,000 words.

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So what that means is I finished my first draft with 26 chapters and an epilogue…  It took 6 days from the start of the idea to a complete first draft…  I was shocked, I still am in fact, but I’m so very excited.  Other than two very short fan fic one-shots I’ve never finished a work of fiction before.  And I have ideas for a sequel, so I’m working on an outline for the second book and I think this is going to become a whole series.  I’m hoping the second outline will come as smoothly as the first and I can try to write the second novel for the rest of the month.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know how I did and that TV&HP is temporarily on hold while I work on the second book in this new series.  I’m even planning to join a local writing group at the town library to see if anyone local can help me edit the first book, which is tentatively titled “A Twisted Sort of Cupid.”

I’ll keep you all posted on my progress moving forward.

-Lilly/Sera/Sarah

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