Today I wrote the final words of the first draft of my NaNoWriMo novel turned two-part New Adult Romantic Suspense series: Beyond Ransom and Beyond Revenge (The Ransom Series).
Let’s go over the timeline of events that got me here, shall we?
Browsed Facebook. Saw authors posting about this strange thing called NaNoWriMo. Signed up after slight hesitation.
Put current WIP to the side at the 22,000-word mark to start brand new project. Goal: 50,000 words in the month of November. Started writing and didn’t look back (literally).
Surpassed 50,000 words with half the month to go…
Finished first draft of Beyond Ransom at 67,122 words. Immediately went into writing Beyond Revenge on the same manuscript.
Ended NaNoWriMo at 100,090 words. I won NaNoWriMo twice I think?
Regained some semblance of normal life outside of writing.
Today ~ December 18:
Finished first draft of Beyond Revenge at 134,928 words (67,806 words for book two).
So what happens next? Editing. Lots and lots of editing. It’s a ridiculously daunting task, but the beauty of it is I get to go back and experience my story come together for the first time. I’ll get to live through it just like you will when I self-publish these books next year.
And what’s even better for you? I’m going to attempt a majority of the editing on both books at the same time. My goal is to avoid making you wait months and months for the next book because I know how frustrating that can be as a reader.
I’ll do my best, folks.
If you’ve made it this far in my blog post, thanks for reading. I’m insanely excited to get these books into your hands. I hope you’ll join me on this next step in my journey as an indie author.
It’ll be a fun ride.