July 31, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
Superstoked this writing marathon will actually be a thing!! Thank you to all the awesome writers that are participating and making this happen! Because seriously, what fun is it to run any marathon alone? It’s doing it with other people that pumps up that adrenaline and makes you more determined to get to the finish line. So thank you everyone!
And if you want to join us/find us, click here!
Here we go…
Fantastically, 90K (because last Christmas, I finished my first novel in 4 weeks)… but realistically, 60K would be an achievement for me this time around. Because I know I won’t be a hermit this month… So 60K it is.
Stage of writing:
First draft of my YA high fantasy. It’s abbreviated DoT for now because I’m hoping for a better word/phrase to jump out of the pages while I’m writing it!
What Inspired My Current Project:
The characters in DoT actually came to me first before the plot. And it’s a slightly weird inspiration.
Last February, I was missing a best friend who had to defer semesters because her mom had terminal cancer 😦 and in the way thoughts work, I remembered her telling me I shouldn’t have dated my ex. She’d given me a particular reason, and that reason was what ended up ringing a bell in my head six months later. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A PATHOLOGY LECTURE.
I started thinking- what if I wrote a story about two star-crossed teenagers…but with a twist and police chase and intrigue? You know, all the thriller-ish things.
That was how DoT came to be born.
I’ve been outlining it since then (two-notebooks worth of outline) and even though I’d reached 15k on it in May, I’m starting a complete rewrite this August!
And no, I’m not writing a cathartic book. The characters grew into something else and are totally different from the ex and me. The fantasy world is bigger too and the idea in itself is so big now compared to what inspired it!
What Might Slow Down My Marathon Goal:
Like I said earlier, I’m not going to be a hermit this month like I was while writing my first MS. My classmates and I are splitting campuses as from September to prepare for the USMLE step 1. And even when we start rotations, there’s a high likelihood we’d all be in different places…and some of us might never see each other again (but I hope we do!) so there are a lot of fun activities we’ve got lined up for this month.
Looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts!