And just like that, NaNoWriMo was over. November was grueling. There were days when I didn’t meet my goals, but I made up the word count each time. Toward the end, I lost all motivation, felt no inspiration, and was sure the quality of my writing was abomination. The deadline looming at the end of the month was the one thing that kept me going. Somehow I pushed through, and I’m happy to say that I finished the first draft of my sequel today with a whole day to spare! Now that I know it can be done, the pressure is on to write book three in one month as well… Ugh.
After kicking NaNoWriMo’s butt, I’m taking a couple weeks to rest and edit some other projects before I start revising this novel. Let me tell you, it is going to need EXTENSIVE editing.
*The above photo is from The Return of the King, produced by New Line Cinema.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The goal is to write an entire novel in one month. I’ve never done it before, but this year I decided to take the challenge. I’ve been working on my sequel to Falling for the Villain since November 1st, writing a 4,000 word chapter each weekday. The book will be about 20 chapters long.
It has been exhausting to say the least! As of today (Friday, November 19), I have 58,000 words. It’s a tiny bit shy of my goal, but not half bad! I left some wiggle room at the end of the month, so I think I might actually make it!
This is an entirely different approach to writing for me. With Falling for the Villain, I edited constantly as I wrote, but in this first draft of the sequel, I’m not allowed to do any editing whatsoever. The focus is just write, write, write! I’m even using something called a Freewrite tablet which makes it literally impossible to edit.
I hope it will work out well…
In years past, our family dressed in a unified theme for Halloween. We did Cinderella, in which my daughter was Princess Cinderella, I was peasant Cinderella, my husband was the prince, and my son was the pumpkin. We also did Paw Patrol, in which my daughter was Skye, I was Katie the dog groomer, my husband was Ryder, and my son was a miniature Ryder. The two Ryders were so cute together! My husband called him Mini-me all day.
This year is a little different. My kids are old enough they both have their own ideas, so the family theme is out. Instead, we’re splitting into two themes. My daughter and I are going as Anna and Elsa. My son is going as Spider-man, meaning my husband needed to pick an easy superhero costume from the Marvel universe.
This year's Marvel blockbuster was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and my husband was really excited to see an Asian superhero. It was no surprise when he picked Shang-Chi for his costume. He told me, "I'm Chinese, so I'm already halfway there!" He even has a mole on his cheek in the same spot as Simu Liu! (The Shang-Chi actor.) The costume was meant to be.
Step by Step Instructions
A few notes:
Here is the finished product, modeled by my husband:
What do you think? Was there anything I should’ve done differently? Did you DIY a costume this year too?
Writing about superheroes has gotten me thinking about this question. There are some pretty amazing superpowers in comic books and onscreen: flight, invisibility, teleportation, mind reading, super speed…
With teleportation, I could visit my family abroad in the blink of an eye and still be home in time for school pickup.
With super speed comes high metabolism. I wonder how many packs of double-stuffed Oreos the Flash can eat before he gains a single pound.
Flight would be amazing too. Being able to fly is one of my most common recurring dreams. Then again, in the dream I usually have to flap my arms. It’s not the most dignified spectacle.
There are lots of good options, but for me, the choice is clear. I’d choose telekinesis. Then, like Jean Grey, I could move objects with my mind AND fly (by moving my own body with my mind). Who doesn’t love a two-for-the-price-of-one deal? Just imagine the possibilities.
...Maybe it's best I don't get superpowers. I'm starting to sound like a villain!
But that’s just me. What about you? What superpower would you pick?
As I write this first (and very brief) post, I'm putting the finishing touches on the website, building my Facebook author page, and communicating with my graphic designer. Falling for the Villain is launching on Amazon on November 1st. I'm both excited and nervous to start this journey. Before you know it, I'm going to start writing book two, which is already outlined.
Here goes nothing!
Nothing fancy, just my thoughts on the writing journey, creativity, and life in general.
Falling for the Villain
Like superheroes? Love romance? This novel is for you!