Ok - now we're all up to speed.
I "won" Nanowrimo. As a matter of fact, I did it in a week and finished the MS a few days later clocking in at a bit over 60K, sent it to my Critique Partners (CP's) and have done the first revision. This did not have the reaction I thought it would from everyone.
My CP's and beta readers were like this:
(That part I hoped for!)
A lot of people were like this about my writing speed:
(That part I expected)
But what I didn't count on was this reaction:
I got a lot of hate for writing a book so quickly. It wasn't like I planned on doing it. I planned on doing 50K in a month and then struggling through the leftover words until finally one of my CP's bugged me enough that I sent it with the disclaimer "it sucks cause it's not really finished" tag on the end. You know, like this:
But the story just happened. It flowed. And soon it was written. I had three killer writing days and boom - it was done. I still don't understand the anger thrown my way. But apparently me finishing my book and finally finding a story that was easy to write will make others unable to write their story because I have ruined their self-esteem somehow during the process. But I guess:
So now I'm on to the revision of that book, SUGAR-COATED DECEIT and my Hemingway historical, THE KEYS ALWAYS IN MY HEART. And everything I've written anytime ever. To see how this is going refer to the cartoon at the computer above.
The good news is that I have the most amazing CP's ever and an amazing support system on Twitter, my Twitwits and Nanowrifi on FB, and my two biggest cheerleaders - my kids! Plus, I tried to enter a contest today and my soul twin Sarah Blair (@SarahLBlair) smacked my hand and set me back on the road to the plan. Rebekah Crane (@RebekahCrane) had to do this earlier this week too.
I need lots of reminding. And here's why.
I totally buckled and days after finishing Hemingway and my Nano book...I started something new. I know, I know. It's like I have a disease called The Writes.
Two somethings new actually. I couldn't help it! They were there, begging to get out of my head and on to the paper. But I put them away and went back to revision.
So The Plan is mostly intact.. so far. This month is for reading all the things in my inbox.
Unless I get excepted in #PitchWars, and then who knows?? No! The Plan.. right?
Yeah. The Plan.
So here's to hoping I can stick to it and do what needs to be done. Help and cheers and no hate would be greatly appreciated!
Much love, Ang