MANY years ago, when I was involved in the student ministry at my church, we would regularly make silly videos. We spoofed Monty Python and the Matrix at the highlight of our film-making. I then wrote a silly script based on Lord of the Rings that we were going to do. But due to circumstances I won’t go into here, it never happened.
Well, every year about this time–namely November–National Novel Writing Month occurs. I’ve written about it before and have always wanted to participate but never have. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Well I took the script that has been gathering virtual dust and turned it into a book. I’ll be the first to say it really sucks. Just looking over it…it’s awful. The characterizations are tripe and as superficial as can be. And in some places, I felt like I got too preachy. The “battles” are horribly written. Enough criticism, though. The point was to write 50,000 words, draft quality. I made it to 51,928. That’s something like 95 pages in Word (although I’m using a Mac program called Scrivener.) You can check out how I did over the month.
To be honest, I don’t think I’ll go back and fix it up. And I’m so unhappy with it, I don’t even know that I’ll finish it. BUT…I did meet the goal and wanted to share that victory. So yay me! However awful it is, I wrote my first novel.