|Haunted Souls, like Gull Harbor,|
is set on beautiful Cape Cod
I finished my first Young Adult novel, DIVINE FALL, in December of 2013. Between edits for that book and author events for my other novels, I didn't have a lot of time or energy to work on anything else. But I did have an idea brewing, and as writers know, eventually the characters and the story win out. I did mountains of research, pages of timelines and character Goal-Motivation-Conflict charts, and managed 20,000 words before the summer release of Divine Fall.
|A haunting mystery intertwines|
with a reunion romance in
So, I decided to use the start of NaNoWriMo as inspiration. I told myself when November 1st hit, I'd start writing again, full-force. I had no expectations of finishing in one month--that's not the way I write. But it was great motivation and I managed about another 20,000 words--not bad for a month filled with my son's birthday and the Thanksgiving holiday.
Then, in December, I entered the first page of Haunted Souls into a contest, and it won an exclusive submission to a literary agent! How's that for motivation? But of course, agents can't do much with partial manuscripts. I decided to wait to submit until I had it finished.
Now I knew I could do 20,000 words in a month. And I did it--60K by the end of Dec., even during the crazy holiday rush! A little over a month later--today, February 4th, I finished the last chapter, and it clocked in at 80,078. I'd done another 20K in about 30 days. Whew!
Tomorrow, I'll think about that dreaded synopsis...yep, tomorrow.