One of my Q2 goals is to revise the novel I wrote during National Novel Writing Month. During NaNoWriMo, as they call it, people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within the 30 days of November. I participated this past fall, and wrote my 50,000 words. It was a fun experience, and you can read about some of my experience here. Here is a post from 2014 about the topic as well. You can also read a Fast Company post I did on time management techniques from people who participate in NaNoWriMo here.
After finishing in late November, I did not read the manuscript. As I was writing it, my goal was more to get the words down than to achieve any sort of coherence in the book whose working title is Juliet’s School for the Domestic Arts. This is a saga of three over-achieving friends and one man who wanders into their lives and stays intertwined there for the next two decades. All of this is played out against the backdrop of a School for the Domestic Arts established in a small town on the Jersey shore, and its rise, fall, and potential rise again. The title of this post is a line in there that is about the beach. We build sandcastles even as we know the waves will destroy them. But also, we build business empires, and lives, and relationships knowing that time will destroy aspects of them too. It is human nature to keep building.
On some level, we are optimists.
Anyway, I did not have high hopes for this thing. But I read it through yesterday and it is…not bad. It has the scope and feel of a 100,000 word novel, and it is only 50,000 words, so it is missing some things, like the build-up necessary to feel that a few plot twists or emotionally wrenching decisions were earned. Some parts felt flat. It needs work. On the other hand, I found myself racing through it to find out what happens, even though I wrote it. I felt attached to the characters. Indeed, when something awful happens to one of them, I started tearing up, which strikes me as nutty. But kind of cool.
Anyway, I was not sure how much effort I wanted to put into revising this, but now I am more excited to do so. I carved out some time this morning to edit the first pages. I am hoping to share it with everyone else in the next year or so!