Hello, my fellow bloggers and friends! :) I have been so busy lately, that when I suddenly remembered my little blog, I felt kind of bad that I hadn’t been writing a lot. When I first started, I really wanted to just write and write and write all day long! But, unfortunately, that is impossible! However, I am still put off that there is no consistency in my writing! I would love to write every week with just a bit about what goes on around here, something I am dealing with(such as writing a book!), another sweet recipe, or movie/book review. Unfortunately, y’all will just have to put up with my not-very-consistent self and hopefully in the future I will get better! :)
Anyways, I don’t remember if I have mentioned it anywhere or not, but I started Camp Nanowrimo(a writing session where you pick a word goal from 20,000-100,000 and try to accomplish that within one month) this July, writing a book about the Bible story of Esther, but re-told in this time period. Here is a synopsis:
Stella is a normal 15 year old girl living in southern Florida and living a perfect, sweet life. Suddenly, without much warning, she is told that she is actually adopted and that her father, who is now a rich millionaire living on an island out in the Pacific, is coming to Florida, looking for his daughter to take her home. He seems like a nice man, but can Stella trust him?
When she finally leaves Florida to live with her new father, her friend comes along too to visit. However, her friend is convicted of a murder and put in prison. Stella must find evidence to prove that her friend is really and truly innocent, but how? When Stella tries and fails to bring evidence, an unknown man comes to help her… but she soon finds out that there is much more to the picture than just her friend’s life at stake: the whole island, its inhabitants, and all of America are at stake when Stella realizes a gang of well trained men are out to get her father and his life. How can Stella put enough trust into her new found father and tell him everything? How can she be brave enough to take a stand when no one else will?
And here is an excerpt from my book:
“He showed her the newspaper he had in her arms. Nothing was very different on this particular newspaper. The headline read: The governor of Chaylin has come to southern Florida searching for a girl.
‘OK?’ Stella said, giving Trevor a questioning look.
‘He wants all girls between the ages 15 and 18 to report to the city hall in Miami Florida. He says he is searching for his daughter who has been lost for a considerable amount of time.’
Stella was uninterested, but it was obviously worrying Trevor, so she persisted in asking him questions.
‘What is his name, this governor?’
‘That is the problem: Haddison.’ Leanne stopped her crocheting and stared at the newspaper. This name meant little to Stella, but it had her folks worried and so she peered over Leanne’s side and stared at the small black writing on the paper.
‘Governor Haddison is a wealthy man who man his money off of an oil well found on a small island he found whilst traveling the sea.
‘Haddison was able to attract many tourists and, eventually, the population grew on the small island. Now there are nearly three times the amount of people on that island than there were 5 years ago. It is now a major source of oil for the US.
‘However, the governor of this small little island is missing something… a daughter, no less. He has asked that all young ladies between the ages of 15 and 18, who are adopted, to report to the Miami City Hall on Dandelion Street with their parent(s), on the fifteenth of July at three pm in the afternoon.
“‘There is a special something I am searching for in these adopted girls; something that will tell me which is my own.’ Said Haddison.”
When I first started, I was all giddy and ready to attack July with the sound of typing! I wanted to get my family all excited with me about this really neat and awesome book I was writing! I imagined my book as having lots and lots of wonderful adjectives and it would be full of mind twisting interesting stuff! And I also had my goal at 50,000. I was determined to get this book published. However, here it is, the last week of July, and I have only about 8,000 words, so I lowered the word count goal to 30,000. And I felt like such a failure! Why wasn’t I able to make that goal? Why wasn’t I able to just type and type and type! Well, this month has definetely been a crazy one. I had so many things planned this month and most of them either did not happen or only half-way happened. I was distraught over a great many things and one of these included by book. Even though it took me about 20 days to write 8,000 words, the book is not nearly what I had hoped. It is not full of breath taking adjectives and such… it is a piece of junk!(or so I thought)…
This picture pretty much sums up what is going in my head right now:
And this too:
I was frustrated, tired of telling myself that I was a failure! So, you know what I did? Well, I prayed about it, then I decided once and for all that it is OK-AY to not get to my word goal. It is OK-AY not being able to finish all I would have liked to. I am writing a story and that is awesome in and of itself. It is OK that I may not be able to write like J.R.R. Tolkein or C.S. Lewis or some other famous author. It is fine and it is all done for the glory of God, who is in love with my story, no matter what kind of adjectives it has, no matter what kind of word count I have… God is always going to be your cheerleader and your encouragment. He wants to see you smile at your story, even if it doesn’t match to what I want it to be in my brain. Besides, no person in normal, so no story is normal. If we all had normal stories, who would read them. If we all had stories with 50-100,000 words, no one would ever see what was so special about yours.
So, the bottom line is: it doesn’t matter if you could only write 10,000 words for a short-novel, it is still a good book. It doesn’t matter if your book just sounds awful, ridiculous, stupid, not-worth-reading, etc., it is still a good book. Tell your friends and family about your book; I am sure they are dying to read it and love it simply because you were able to accomplish it! You were able to write and stay writing 10,000 words! Woo-hoo! Give yourself a high-five and then write another book, edit your book(if you feel like it), take a break, or take up another hobby for a while. Never let bad words get you down, my fellow-writers and not writers! So- if you are doing any kind of writing program and your word count is letting you down, don’t worry! It is not the word count that matters! It is the commitment you have to your book, and whether that is 20 words or 20,000 words, you have some commitment and it is admirable by all!
Hope I helped any writers who are feeling let down by their word-counts!
Yours in Christ,
Have you ever written a book?
I wrote a book called Transplanted Patriot and I actually still have five copies that I got from Createspace when I won Nanowrimo back in 2012. I am still editing it, actually and hoping that one day I will finish it and put it on the shelves of the library, book store, etc. :)