I am so pleased that I managed to complete NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I was very late starting my project, Fierce Revenge, and on the final day, my daughter Phoenix ended up in hospital. Once we finally got home and I got everyone settled, there were only a few hours to go until the deadline. With only 1,300 words to go, I had to go for it. Despite being exhausted, and nearly falling asleep at the keyboard, I did it. When I hit the target of 50,000 words I felt not only relieved, but also quite proud of myself. With enough determination, you can do anything that you set your mind to.
My only regret with NaNoWriMo this year, is that I didn’t get as active in the NaNoWriMo community. I had so much going on, including visitors and illness, but next year I will plan my November more carefully. Through the challenge, in previous years, I have met some wonderful people and we support each other. We all have a common goal and interest and try to keep up the momentum. We give each other advice and help those who hit the dreaded, ‘writer’s block’. I feel so happy when others cross the finish line. It is a very tough goal to reach and some of my writing friends didn’t manage to finish, but at least they made a start at a new project.
My project this year, Fierce Revenge, took me on a wonderful journey and I have noticed how my writing has developed, even under pressure. Fierce Revenge still has a lot of work to be done on it, but I will put it to one side, until I have finished my second novel, Survival At Any Cost. I have been asked by numerous people to write a sequel to my debut novel, A Few Bad Boys. I am sure that there will be a sequel, but at this moment, I am not sure when it will happen.
Writing a novel is not easy and it does take an enormous amount of time. When you finally write, ‘The End’, at the bottom of the novel, it is a huge relief, but then you remember that it is the first draft. You then have to face more research, the re-writes and the edits, get it published and market it. Like everything in life, if you want to achieve something, you have to work hard. Although it has taken me a long time to get published, I have enjoyed my writing journey so far, and am really looking forward to all the future adventures that I will have. It amazes me how attatched I have become to some of my characters in my novels.
I have decided that from now until after the 6th January (The Three Kings, here in Spain) I will focus on improving my author pages etc, make a plan for 2018, and finalise my book trailer for A Few Bad Boys. I also want to read more. I love reading but it has had to be put to one side quite often this year. Finding a way to rectify the situation is a priority to me, since I feel that I am missing out. I also find that reading helps me relax. There are so many books out there that I want to read, but I find it hard to decide where to begin. If you are looking for Christmas presents for readers, you could get them my debut novel, by clicking this link A Few Bad Boys.
Until next time – keep chasing your dreams!