Occasionally, I find myself inspired – to write. These are the times when I start pushing out new novels, or finally finishing an initial edit on some old ones. As it were, my life has been crim-crammed full or writing things like like second drafts (yay!) and cover letters (boo).
Today I will be typing up the epilogue of my first ever second draft. This is a milestone for me in so many ways – firstly, I have never gotten so far as completing a second draft. Then there is the story in and of itself. for those unfamiliar with the history of Fate… This story is my baby. It has been incubating since I was twelve years old, has gone through about six unfinished drafts before I finally completed a draft in Spring of 2010 (has it already been two years????) only to realise that one of my characters was completely unnecessary and the whole thing needed a rewrite to work around where he used to be. BAM! POW! And here I am, staring at the epilogue and going done! YES! But also feeling a little bittersweet.
Finishing this draft of Fate means I am going to put it aside for a while, let my mind get detached from it before I run through it again. This is a project that in one way or another, I have been working on constantly for the last ten years. Filling my mind with a new world and new characters and completely banished Jessica and her friends will be good for me… but I think I will find that I will miss them.
However, my timing could not be better – tomorrow marks the start of June session of Camp NaNoWriMo. For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo – it is the most grueling, and most productive writing exercise in which I have ever participated. The main even falls in November, but they also do two “camp” sessions in June and August for those who want to challenge themselves. The goal, basically, is to have written a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month. Last year, I participated on a whim in the August session and wrote a book called The Secret of Treacher’s Creek which is far and beyond out of my normal comfort zone. This year, I’m delving in to a Fae world and this is the first novel I have actually attempted to plot out (granted? I only got through three chapters, but it’s a start). I am feeling very confident about the story of Sprite and am looking forward to writing it all down.
In the meanwhile, I will most likely remain absent from my blog, unless of course I am procrastinating, at which time I would like to encourage the masses to shoo me away promptly