N.M Sotzek

Author of the AIM Chronicles


Once Upon a December...

Posted by nsotzek on December 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Yes, that was a reference to the animated movie, Anastasia. Moving on, last year some of you may remember that I participated in National Novel Writing Month (affectionately known as NaNoWriMo). I did not achieve the goal last year, although it did allow me to finish my first novel. This year...well, this year is a different story! Literally. I used this year's competition to complete the sequel, and I did! When I looked over the novel, I realized I finished the plot line in under 60k words. I needed more. So I continued writing, and writing, and writing, until....I reached that blessed 50,000 word count for the month, three days early! There's still so much to add to that novel, I now have no fear for its word count.

NaNoWriMo isn't a true contest. There is no one winner. If you write 50k words within 30 days, you're a winner. There is no prize for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place. All winners get the same things. Usually they're discounted memberships to writing software or something similar. Every year, there's always what we consider a top prize: 5 free copies of our novel from CreateSpace. While I'm still on the hunt for an agent, I'm still taking up this offer. Until my book gets published, I thought it would be nice to have it in a hardcopy form.

So, for the past few days, I've finally begun going through a document my beta-reader sent to me with her edits and comments and making the appropriate changes. Once that's finished, I'll do another re-write to add/take away elements of the book that is, or isn't, necessary. I have until June to use the CreateSpace offer, so I have plenty of time. But before I do that re-write, I'm going to use the same method I used for my sequel: post-it notes. People have been saying that my writing in the 2nd novel is much stronger, and I feel it's due to my planning process. I need to decide which scenes are essential in the first one, and add them if they're not there, and take out those which I don't need. It may take me longer than the other re-writes, but I'm determined to make this novel even better before I send it out to agents again. Which also means an upgraded query letter.

In other news...I'm getting married! Very excited, indeed. The big day is at the end of next September, and we still have so much planning to do. The writing keeps me sane amidst the chaos of wedding planning...well, mostly.

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