In my last post, I told you about my early writings and how my writing developed over my teenage years. Finishing the novella was a significant moment and gave me so much more confidence. In 2013 I started work on a new book for the Extended Project Qualification. The project was alongside my second year of A-levels, so it was a very busy time. Most other people wrote essays, I could have written a short story. For some reason I decided to write a whole novel for a qualification I’d get an actual mark for, when I’d not yet finished a whole novel. Perhaps it was over-ambitious, but I had the belief that I could do it.
This was the first novel I planned out chapter by chapter, in the hopes it would keep me on track. And it worked. I finished it in three months. At the age of 17 I finished my first novel. Inspired by studying psychology, the book was about a girl who develops schizophrenia and her journey. It was more serious than anything I’d written before, although it was still in the young adult genre. I wrote it almost in a trance. The words just poured out of me. I’d never had a feeling quite like it before. It all came together, and somehow it just felt right. That book will always have a special place in my heart, and I would like to see it published some day. I haven’t touched it since then, because I knew I would need to develop my writing skills more and come back to it to be able to make it the best it could be.
The July 2014 session of Camp NaNoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month) finished yesterday and I’m pleased to be able to say that I was a winner as I reached my goal of 50,000 words. I am so pleased that I managed to do this and I still can’t quite believe I wrote so many words in such a short time frame! The book isn’t finished yet though so I will be continuing to do lots of writing in the next couple of months to get it finished.
Well done to anyone else who managed to reach their targets this month!
The next session will be NaNoWriMo (the original) in November 2014.
Earlier this month (January 6th to be precise) I finished writing my first novel. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to get around to sharing this amazing news on my blog, maybe because it’s taken me this long to really take in the fact. I have finished a novel. It seems so surreal to me. I’ve been writing seriously for 8 years now and for a while I never thought I’d get around to finishing one. And now I have. In 5 months. You spend 8 years of painstaking attempts and then you knock up a book in 5 months. I’m still not sure I’ve really taken it in.
The novel is called ‘The Water That Sings’ and follows the story of Anna, who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The first draft is 77,565 words long, which is 164 A4 pages (roughly a 310 page normal size novel).
It’s seems impossible to believe that what I am about to type is actually finally true. Earlier this week I finished writing my first novella: You Watched Me Fall ((c) me 2012). It seems so long ago since I started even though it was only April/May. I can now say I have finished a decent length piece of writing! As of yet I haven’t finished a full length novel but that is certainly my next target. I am also thinking of writing a sequel and prequel to YWMF which should be fun if I do decide to.