(C) 2011 by Metta Anderson – All Rights Reserved The badge is (C) 2011 Office of Letters and Light, Berkeley, CA
All right, literary fans, the game’s over for the season and my team WON!!!!!! I feel like I just won the Rose Bowl, at least!
According to the statistics compiled by the organizers, Office of Letters and Light, there were 256,618 participants from around the world this year. Of those, 36,774 were able to write a minimum of 50,000 words within 30 days. That’s less than 10% of the total writers.
Of course I wish I were the sole and single winner. I’m a girl. I like crowns. Also bouquets of roses and gorgeous ball gowns. And as I sit here writing, imagine me waving at the computer screen!
And I promise not to try to bring world peace or end hunger (except for animals).
However, I am absolutely delighted that I am one of those 36,774 winners!!! In fact, my novel’s word count was certified at 57,300 words and I did it in 27 days.
I felt like a zombie for days 28, 29 and 30, of course, but then I went to Crepes and Waffles and immersed myself in something creamy with a lot of calories (pistachio ice cream covered in hot fudge sauce with a chocolate truffle on the bottom). Am I worth it? What a question!
Since then, I’ve been revising and editting the text to make sure there’s some continuity, like the threads in a tapestry. The novel itself comes from the notes I’ve been writing for several months for a second book. (My first was finished in October 2010, and the second one is a continuation.) I suspected I might have a book that could be independent of the first and second ones (titled “Novelesco: A Woman’s Life as Fiction” and “Novelesco: States of Grace”), and the NaNoWriMo was an excellent place to try it out. I’m very glad I had this opportunity!
But as I wrote, I also realized that I was leaving out a lot of things. This was not really a question of self-editing so much as re-writing. I’d write my chapter and afterward realize, oh yeah, I could add this or that or whatever, because so much of the book is based on memory. So are my notes, but the notes are chronologically organized and I didn’t feel like stopping in mid-sentence to check them. While I’m ecstatic to have written 57,300 words, I keep thinking I could have written a lot more.
I will, too. I plan to flesh out “Pan Am Tapestry” and incorporate it into the planned second volume.
Just not today. Probably after Christmas.
So, the season’s over, time to fill that trophy with good champagne and dance the night away. Til next season!
And for those who want to read it, the novel’s at www.apricotanderson.wordpress.com/panamtapestry.