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The Stages of My Novel

In November of 2014 I embarked on a challenge for the first time. I entered NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month. It is a month long event where writers of all ages, of all genre work toward one common goal: write a novel of 50,000 words or more.

I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to write more than 50,000 words but I went for the challenge, and as you all know from a previous post, I beat the challenge and came out victorious. My total number of words at the end of November was exactly 51,502 words.

But my novel was not complete, no where near it.

I continued working and made it to 90,000 words by the end of December with a finished first manuscript.

My next challenge was editing which I tried and had a hard time accomplishing. I procrastinated so much while considering other avenues to go down and leaving my work to sit on the shelf.

That was until I decided to get up and do something with the work I was so proud of at the end of last year.

I discovered the world of Elance. Elance is a site that allows you to look for a hire people to do different tasks for you, editing and ghostwriting being one of those tasks.

I explained my plight, how many pages, how many chapters and I wanted to find someone who could edit it for me. I had a lot of responses and I decided to go with a gentleman who showed me some of his work as examples of what he could do. I hired him and within a week he not only edited my story by providing line and copy editing services, he also added sentences and helped the story flow better then I ever could.

When I got the work back I was amazed. I laughed at parts I myself did not create and I realized that hiring him was the best thing I ever did for myself and my creativity.

I always knew from other blogs I’ve visited that a person can always do editing themselves but you can also hire a professional. I sat on a panel a few months ago and I posed a question asking this question, should you hire someone for your story and was told emphatically yes.

Now that I have gone through obtaining an editor and having my story looked over, growing my word count to over 100K, what do I do now?

With my editor I am looking toward the world of self publishing. ( I will provide a post on my thoughts on this soon). I have so many emotions happening right now and I’m so proud that I decided to move forward and stop waiting to work on my story and get it ready for mass consumption.

In conversations with my friends they are convinced it can be a movie, a best seller, etc etc. For me, none of that matters. Would it be nice, of course it would be, but I am just happy if someone, anyone reads it and enjoys it. I just want people to enjoy it the way I have.

As I venture into the publishing world I am also considering the second installment of my story. I will flesh out the parameters and get the ideas flowing. Who knows, I may be the winner of NaNoWrimo 2015 with the second part to the story that started it all.

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