So I finished the book. I literally wrote a book in a month. I wrote 71k words and 211 manu pages in 28 days (I started a day later and finished a day early).
I rewrote an older short story and made it into a novel. I should do this more. I enjoyed it. The Pack is a werewolf story with my own werewolf mythology in a modern, young adult setting.
Advantages. I had finished Make a God just before, in October, so I was in the writing groove. I had already written it as a short story, so the feel, the voice, the general idea was all there. I could just write. Last, there was Thanksgiving Break to sneak in a few more hours of writing.
Obstacles. I traveled the first week of November and started a little behind. I got caught up, though, that first weekend, and kept writing every day. Some days, also, I just didn’t want to write. Forcing myself to anyway was therapeutic and instructional.
Next for The Pack is beta readers. After a few of those come in, I’ll work on my first major revision/proofread. Then I’ll send it out to an editor.
Then I’ll shop this one, I think, to agents. We’ll see, but I think this has potential in a lot of ways to be something a publisher would be interested in.
Will I do NaNoWriMo again? I thought it taught me a lot, and it was a bucket list kind of thing, but I’m not sure I’ll do it again. We’ll see next November. I might …