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I has a novel!

My NaNoWriMo novel is finished! On Monday night I stayed up till 2am, but I wrote an ending. Not a great ending, but an ending, with enough of a twist that I’m not completely dissatisfied with it. On Tuesday night I made a bunch of minor edits I’d noted that needed doing, and then Rachael and I read each other's novels. (Hers is really, really cool. :))

I have a novel!

And I don't know what to do with it.

It's very much a first draft. It's rather less well plotted than Ultimate Dream or Horizons were, since I started planning it two-thirds of the way through October rather than at the start. It’s got about three significant plotholes, and a few rather boring bits.

But it’s got a bunch of really cool bits as well. Spies fly around in zeppelins, infiltrate and investigate, and use really cool steam-powered and clockwork devices. Backplot is divulged at key moments, and plot twists occur. There are devious plans, romantic tension and some great lines.

I’m certainly not going to put it online, the way I did Ultimate Dream. At least, not in its current state - it'd need a serious rewrite first.

But... it’s got enough funky bits that I think people might enjoy it. Rachael seemed to :) So I’ll send it by email to anyone who asks. If you want to see what I spent November creating, let me know.

(If you want to see an exceprt, the first chapter-and-a-half are on my NaNo profile page. And if you do look at the novel, feel free to send me suggestions for how to fix the plotholes. I don’t know whether I’ll bother doing a rewrite, but if I do, it’ll help to have some ideas for how to fix things.)

In other news, our efforts to sell our flat have fallen completely flat (boom boom) for the past month or two, but then we suddenly got told today of someone who wants to view it tomorrow. So I have a lot of post-NaNo cleaning and tidying to do, and so I’m signing off for now.


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Dec. 5th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your flat. Let's hope you get better news tomorrow.
Dec. 6th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm interested, although I can't promise to read it fast - I don't do text-on-a-screen very well ^^

And congratulations on finishing it, yay ^^
Dec. 6th, 2007 11:02 am (UTC)
Yay. It is lots of fun. There are indeed some excellent lines, and the setting is very atmospheric and vivid, and the characters are fun, and the plot is exciting.
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Good job. I hope to read it sometime.
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