I’m BAAAAACCK. Having triumphed against my internal start/stopper, which I now know is more of a naysayer and or avoider of large projects so that I don’t fail at them. What am I talking about? I have COMPLETED NaNoWriMo. I wrote 52,043 words in 29 days. Not only did I finish, but I completed the project early, although there was a little bit of ongoing procrastination and I wrote 13,000 words in the last three days.
There were naysayers, such as my lovely husband who said things like, ‘I can’t wait until this thing is over so that you stop tip tapping on that macbook till all hours.I’m tired.’ And ‘Can you remind me why you’re doing this?’ And, ‘Wouldn’t I look like an idiot if someone actually published your book?’
Obviously, my sons parroted his negativity with comments such as, ‘Why are you doing this?’ ’Can you stop typing and feed me?’, and my favourite, ‘That book thing is dumb.’
Lastly, my daughter didn’t even seem to notice I was doing NaNoWriMo, which I count as a blessing, considering the other responses I got. (My dogs really liked NaNoWriMo as they liked to cuddle on me while I was sitting still for so long)
I want to make it clear that I DON’T CARE what they say. I am so DAMN proud of myself. I have a box of first chapters of books in my basement as well as some notebooks upstairs containing similar material. I have never ever ever done something so large, so great, so amazing before (other than getting married, having kids etc.). While I tired of answering the multiple ‘BUT WHYS‘ of my reasons for participating in this challenge, I DON’T CARE (did I say that?).
My friends, both virtual and in life, loved the idea of me writing a book,and were very supportive:
although my very best friend wanted to know why I wasn’t just writing about her. She DOES have an interesting life. I have a line-up of readers who want to see what I wrote, including the person who inspired the story. I want to thank Kristin Klasbergen, who blogs at Peace, Love, and Muesli for seriously getting me through this. I would totally have quit if it wasn’t for her.
Now, I will interview myself about the book, since of course my goal is to be Jewprah:
Jewprah: So, can you tell us about your NaNoWriMo book?
Mara: My book is called, ‘Love in the Time of Twitter’, and its about Isabelle and Ted who meet through a Twitter follow-friday. The book has some quirky characters and incorporates some of my romantic fantasies like being surprised by my one true love, who happens to be rich, with a beautiful mansion complete with a Kardashian-style closet. There’s one major love scene, but I sort of chickened out when it got past 2nd base. I got a bit serious at the end as well, so major editing is required.
Jewprah: What kinds of challenges did you face when writing?
Mara: Well, I had trouble remembering the characters names and any details about them. Maybe it’s because I let the words just flow without any preparation. Plus, I always have trouble with names, and it seems even those in my own head were also hard to recall. There are some continuity problems in the book that will need to be fixed, such as the names, tone, tense, and voice. I sometimes struggled with actually getting down to the writing, although, when I did it, the words just flowed. The other thing that was hard was always being funny. The book is supposed to be a quirky, humorous tale, but the last bit got a bit serious.
Jewprah: What’s your process? Do you do any planning?
Mara: I only knew the title and the premise. I didn’t plan at all, and it seemed that the characters took over the story. Stuff happened that I didn’t plan on, and that was sort of fun because as I was writing, the scenes just developed themselves. It was all news to me!
Jewprah: So, what’s next?
Mara: Well, I might avoid the book for a while. I’d love someone who is in the know to actually read it and let me know if its worth editing and fleshing out to a full novel. Once whoever that is tells me how amazing I am, I plan on taking my advance and going to Ireland to meet Maeve Binchy
Jewprah: Well, you look like you’re itching to get out of here. Where are you off to?
Mara: Well, for the first time in a month, I’M NOT WRITING A NOVEL! That’s for sure!