For our prompt of “Books” today, I made a sketch of my pup Elliott sitting next to a stack of books. November is National Novel Writing Month, and this year I decided to join in on the fun! I’ve been wanting to writing a cozy mystery book series for years now, so I figured it was finally time to take the plunge. I built an entire story world, locations, characters and wrote an outline for the first book in preparation for the month, but I couldn’t wait until November to get started. In the end, I actually had over 50,000 words written by the first day of this month, completing the challenge, and a full draft completed by the second day. So, I’m using the daily word counts to edit that first draft while I work through the story outline for the second book in the series. I adore writing fiction most of all, because it comes much easier to me than writing nonfiction. My brain is always happiest when I’m just sketching stuff in my head and making up ideas from pure imagination. Though the characters in my book are a mixture of people I’ve known, the dog named Jasper is based almost entirely on Elliott.
I didn’t quite expect the writing process on my book to go so quickly and smoothly. But, I’d spent several weeks dreaming up my town and filling it with characters, so when it was time to write, everything seemed so real in my mind. I’m most likely going to self-publish this one, but it will be early next year before I launch things. I’d like to have the draft of the second book completed first so I know I can follow up with the next book a few months after the first. Writing fiction is definitely a wonderful form of sketching stuff, just filling in bits and pieces as they pop into my brain and making things up as I go along. Much like my illustrations, I’m never certain what’s going to appear. And, since I can’t possibly memorize an entire novel, each time I read through it to edit things, there are always bits of it that totally surprise me. It’s amazing what’s lurking inside our imaginations just waiting for us to set it free! And, it’s absolutely the most fun I’ve had working on a creative project in quite some time.
I’m not sure if Elliott fully understands that he’s the inspiration for a main character in my book, but sometimes I think he just might. When I told him, he seemed to walk a little taller like he was feeling proud. But truly, anything that brings him a little bit of extra attention is usually something that makes him quite happy. He’s been playing ball a bit more since the weather has been unseasonably warm these past few days. I’m not personally thrilled about the warmth, since I was totally ready for the cold and cozy weather that I adore this time of year. But, by the end of the week, it looks like things are moving back to normal temps. Philippe and I are visiting the little town outside the city this weekend that’s the inspiration for the town in my book. It’s going to be a blast and I’m excited to get away for a couple of days. Then, when we return, I’ll be ready to get cozy again and back to spinning stories in my head while writing mystery books!
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