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Little Rhino Update

December 2, 2011

Well, here we are! December. I hope that everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and is settling into a nice holiday season.

NaNoWriMo is OVER, and I am proud to say that I didn’t hit my 50,000 words. Wait, what? Proud not to finish? Darn skippy! Because I still have 36,542 words that I wrote that never existed before November first.

That’s 122 pages… roughly a third of what I would like the page count of my manuscript to be.

So hurray! I have learned that if I progressed at this rate, I could finish a novel in three months. The best part is that I could probably do it even faster…  despite my best intentions I wasn’t able to write every day, or even every other day (oh, life) so I have a theory that if and when I am able to dedicate more time to my writing my output is going to be right where I want it!

I would like to thank everyone who supported me during the past month… I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me to have so many people express interest in my work, and I hope that in another month or two I’ll be in a place that I can share some of the manuscript as I polish it up.

It helps tremendously that my parents gave C and I a desk for Christmas. I have an office! It’s going to be lovely to have a place where I can let the creativity run free… or at the very least, close the door while my husband is playing Skyrim or watching The Daily Show.

Finally sitting down to write a book has been a very interesting experience for me. I write a LOT, but writing a novel is kind of like running a marathon, and the writing I’ve been doing is more along the lines of a 5k. Writing 300 pages takes stamina, and dedication, and planning.

The part that I really wasn’t expecting was the amount of research that I’ve had to do. Before I started this process, I’d imagined that I really didn’t have to do anything except some plotting and character mapping. After all, I’m writing a fantasy… I just get to make things up, right?

No. No I don’t.

The other thing that caught me off guard was how the story develops as I’m writing it. You can plot until the cows come home, but sometimes things just happen when you’re putting the words on the page. These two things combined in ways that I didn’t expect, which is why I found myself investigating the history of Indian schools in the United States, the topography of Lake Champlain, and what exactly a social anthropologist does.

Now I know you wanna read my book 🙂

I feel like I’m starting to tap back into the creative reservoir that I have, that’s been closed off to me for several years now. Someday I’ll probably write about that too, but for now fiction is a little easier to access. I’m being careful, though, not to craft a story that is devoid of emotion or tough questions. I heard someone say recently that writing should cost you something, and that reading should cost you something too. It’s a contract between the author and the reader that what we’re sharing is not a waste of time, and that is has the potential to help us grow.

Like everything else in life that costs us something, in this case I believe that it will be better to take baby steps (no confessionals here, thank you very much). I respect my writing, and I respect my readers. So am I going to write a Young Adult novel that doesn’t condescend or pander? Yes! Even if it takes me awhile to get there.

So, as I carry on along this path I’ve set myself to I hope to resume a semi-normal posting schedule on this blog. And as always, I want to thank you for sharing this experience with me.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2011 13:11

    Congrats on a job well done!

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