They say that if you declare your intention to the world you are more likely to achieve your goal.
I’m not usually a fan of anything “they” say, but I’ve heard it from individuals I respect so I’m going with it (yes, I’m too lazy to type the names down here).
So in the featured image on this post you’ll see my plan to finally finish a story I started about 15 years ago. It began when my daughter would ask me to tell her a story on our long drives. It’s evolved considerably since then (and my daughter doesn’t like all the changes) into a much larger story.
In 2012 I wrote the first book of the story. At the time I intended it to be a trilogy. But once I wrote it things happened and it never got fully finished and ready to publish.
When I started thinking about it earlier this year I decided to give Camp NaNoWriMo a try and see if I could finish it in that time. If you followed my posts back then you’ll see I spent most of the month reacquainting myself to the story, seeing the holes I left six years ago, and planning out ways to fill them. By the end of July I had almost finished a full, respectable first draft.
I haven’t finished it yet because I realized there is still much uncertainty. I have all the scenes written or outlined for the entire story. But I don’t know how long they will actually be. Should I treat this as one big novel, a two parter or trilogy? Right now I’m leaning towards a two-parter.
Book 1 is basically what I’ve written out so far. Book 2 will pick up right where I left off. Where the final break will happen between books I’ll decide when I’m done with the entire story.
Tomorrow I’ll share more about the details of how I prepared what I have, the tools I’ll be using, and what my hopes for November are.
Book cover image credit:
NaNoWriMo Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.