Alright, so anyone who has been reading this blog knows, I was participating in NaNoWriMo last month to try and write a novel. I have never written anything longer than a short story for school, so this was a bit ambitious of me, but I had a great story idea, so I thought, why not? Now, I started off pretty well, with a great idea, interesting characters, and most of my storyline planned out.
However, 15 days in—that’s right, half way—and I was only at 10,000 words. I kept thinking to myself, it’s okay Danielle. You’ll get through it. You just have to write a little extra each day. Well, needless to say, that did not happen.
Right around half way, I was hit with a really bad cold of some kind. I spent three days in bed exhausted and having difficulties breathing. My brain was pounding and the last thing I was going to do was work on my story. I thought I could work on it when I started to feel a little better. Only, I didn’t start to feel better until the last few days of November. I was so sick that I just didn’t feel like writing. Plus, in my cold-induced state, I didn’t want my writing to slack because of how I was feeling.
I really enjoy my story idea and I intend to see it through, so I wanted to make sure that my story is top quality writing. As a journalism student, I spent the last 4 years of my life studying writing in university and I kind of have an extreme sense of pride in my writing. There was no way I was letting my story get ruined.
So, instead of writing my actual story, I fully planned out every little detail that is going to take place. I know how certain characters meet, what adventures and challenges they will face, the historical background of my story and much more. I planned out what my characters look like down to tiny, insignificant scars and how their personality affects their daily habits. I’m really excited to continue working on my story as I have such strong belief that my story is going to be really interesting and I want to finish it, no matter how long it takes me.
December is a hectic month with Christmas shopping and then the actual holiday itself, but now that I am no longer sick, I’m going to keep working on my story until I finally finish it. Who knows, maybe next year at NaNo time, I’ll be ready to write the sequel.
My story is called A Timely Quest, and if anyone is interested I can post a short synopsis of what my story is about. Maybe one day you’ll see it in a bookstore and you can feel special knowing you were one of the first people to ever hear about it! Happy writing my friends.