Thursday, July 21, 2011

Day 21 - Light at the end

There's light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm getting closer and closer each day to finishing this novel.  50,000 words in 31 days is actually really crazy!  I tried reasoning it to my roommate tonight and I couldn't do it.  It just has to be done.  The story is floating around in my mind and I need to write it.  I can do this!!

On another slightly sad note, I decided to remove "Falling Star" from the Kindle and Nook today.  I received another negative review and it was quite specific to my failures.  In no way am I saying that I quit, but that was my first fully written novel and it's not my best work.  I don't want a half-cooked novel published with my name on it.  I'm sure that a lot of people enjoyed it, but since I'm on the road to traditional publishing, "Falling Star" will now live only on my computer, resting in peace.  I think it was bound to happen.  I'm hoping that my writing will continue to get better.  Maybe someday I'll come back to Evelyn's story, but not now.  On a side note, there was a reason that I named her Evelyn.  A few years back there was a little four year old girl found dead with that name and there's been no justice for her or her family.  That's why I choose her name.  Evelyn in my story also doesn't get the justice that she deserves.  I need to let go and let her move on.

Most of the time, I have a reasoning behind the names of my characters and that's very important to me.  I can't just slap a name on my main characters.  I research name meanings and I think what name fits the story that I'm trying to tell.  So far, my protagonist's have been named Evelyn, Olivia, Sophie, and Lydia.  The male characters are Caleb, Ethan, Matthew, Jordan, and Zach.

Anyway, "Falling Star" has been put to rest and I'm getting closer to the end of "The Secret".  I'm still waiting patiently to hear from my perspective agent about my second manuscript.

Day 21 - Word Count: 38,060


  1. The first NaNoWriMo is always the hardest.

  2. Dan - this is actually my third. And I did do one on a random month by myself. I'm just a little out of practice.