NO — Miracle

All right, so it’s the day of O, and I missed the day of N by ‘that’ much!  Had a good writing day yesterday, and want to tell you about it.

I wrote a novella for the 3 Day Novel Contest — and if you’ve never tried it, do!  It’s  amazing — more like a sprint than the thirty day NaNoWriMo.  3 days to pull together a novel.  Trust me, you’re getting slightly less than a first draft in that time, but the novella I wrote I really liked.  It had a great main character — a dead guy named Farley Hewitt.  However, when I rewrote it, I couldn’t get it must past 60,000 words.  The limits I had put on the character put terrible limits on me too.  So I set it aside.

But Farley stayed in my mind.  His was a story that deserved to be told. So I decided to use another character — a girl named Marie Jenner, who could see him —  as the second point of view person.  And then the thing really started to come alive.

I finished that novel — but had a coincidence in it that I absolutely hated.  Couldn’t see a way around it, and decided if coincidences could happen in real life, they could happen in a book, too.  But it niggled at my brain.

I sent it out to a couple of places — but wasn’t really sure of the genre (yeah, I know, but wow, sometimes that’s harder than you think!) and it didn’t find a home.  (Both took the full, so it was gone a LONG time.  You know how that is.)  So I decided to write the second in the series.  (That is the novel I’m working on right now.)

Yesterday, I decided to redo the query and the synopsis, and get the first one back out in the world.  And you know what I found?  I found the answer to the coincidence knot!  I’m so happy, I can barely speak.  I’m supposed to go out today (to a wedding shower, can you believe it?  I didn’t know they still did those things) but all I want to do is dive in, undo the knot, and have that novel finally as ready as I can get it.

I guess I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.  But tomorrow’s  going to be a very good day!

4 thoughts on “NO — Miracle

  1. Sylvia

    Congratulations on the novella! I love days when the writing just seems to flow forth. I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Eileen Post author

    Thank you Sylvia. I love those good writing days, too. I’ll be by to visit your blog. It’s nice to meet you.

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