The thing about writing a novel that fast is that there’s no time for editing or even reading what you’ve already written. You just keep pounding out the words and reminding yourself that Nanowrimo is all about quantity, not quality. As soon as I hit 50,000 words, I was just so relieved to have it over with, I couldn’t bear to look at it again. So it languished – unread, unedited, untouched – on my hard drive for eight months.
June 30th was the deadline for submitting our manuscripts to CreateSpace.com for a single free published copy of our books. GC and I waited til the last minute, then we scrambled to get them submitted by midnight. We had to choose covers, upload author photos, write back-cover blurbs, and create PDFs of the text formatted for paperback books.
Our novels arrived on Monday. Mine is 176 pages long.
I read it for the very first time this week.
I was so surprised. I’d forgotten almost everything about my novel. It wasn’t nearly as cringe-worthy as I thought it would be. Sure, it had its faults, including some gaping holes in the plot, but on the whole I thought it was pretty good. I actually liked reading it. I loved some of my characters, especially the ones based on real people. I laughed out loud in a few places. And I was very impressed that I wrote it in just 18 days.
I’m feeling inspired now to write something else!
*I chose that title so that if anybody saw it on my bookshelf, they wouldn’t be tempted to pick it up.