So I didn’t finish my NaNoWriMo novel. I failed the challenge.
Still, I think I succeeded. Crazy, right?
I got to 42,500 words on the day before Thanksgiving. (The goal, remember, was 50K by December 1st.) I didn’t quit writing for good, give up on the book, catch writer’s block, or hang my head in despair – I just got incredibly busy with family activities, and didn’t make time to write in those last few days.
Still – I wrote 42,500 words! In a month!!
I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. In fact, I’ve never before written that many words of a single story; my previous record was somewhere around 25,000. So now I’ve nearly doubled my record word count for a single work, and the novel’s not even done. I still have work to do, and I’m not stopping!
Granted: right now, the novel is crap. I like the characters, I like the overall storyline, but I want to slash my wrists for writing such terrible prose. I know, I’m not supposed to edit while I write, and I’ve done a pretty good job this month of letting the sludge slip by, but damn – it’s really, really rough. My first drafts are never publication-ready, but they’re usually a lot cleaner than this.
Of course, they’re usually a lot shorter, and written over a longer time.
In short, I feel good about what I accomplished. Since I got back into town Monday morning, I’ve been working on other projects – publishing the Cthulhu 4 Kids: Raising R’lyeh paperback, writing blog posts for Victory Martial Arts Academy, finishing my latest Mind in the Martial Arts book, etc. I let the novel slide.
But now, thanks in no small part to Derek Murphy of Creativindie, I’m inspired to get back on the train and finish my book. Derek designed these fantastic covers for me for my NaNoWriMo novel Dead Man:
My gods – just by reading my short synopsis of the plot, he captured the essence and mood of the whole novel. I have to finish the thing now. How can I not???
So, since you’re reading this, let me ask you a question: which of the above two covers do you prefer? Which, if you saw it on Amazon, would make you more inclined to spend $4.99 on the novel?
Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell me which cover you find more awesome, and when the book is complete, I’ll send you a review copy for FREE! Sound like a good deal?
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