I finished Warrant for Damnation in the 3-Day Monday night with one hour to spare. WHOO HOO! If I had the energy yet, it’d be time to celebrate. I still have to mail off the manuscript, so maybe then.
I was going to write this blog post yesterday, but I was in a vegetative state. Have to say that today is like waking up from a comma. But other than that, as the title states, WHAT A RUSH!!
I don’t think I’ve learned as much about my writing abilities in my career as I’ve learned over the three days of the contest.
All in all, it was a BLAST! I loved the challenge and that everyone rallied around my progress. It really helps to have family support.
Probably the greatest lesson I learned about my writing is that I don’t connect as easily to the story and characters while typing. When progress slowed on Saturday afternoon, I decided to write long hand. I immediately picked up speed and the story came out of me quicker. Unfortunately it means that my hand is still a little sore. I feel like I should have known this because I’ve written quite a bit of most of my novels using a hand held recorder. It’s another method that flows well for me.
What I loved the most is there’s no time to let the negative thoughts take over. I only remember twice, thinking the story was crap, but squashed the feelings in a matter of seconds. So while The Artist’s Way is helping me work through my writer’s funk, the 3-Day opened the block with explosive force.
Will I do it again? Hell yeah!! Time permitting, next year I’ll be entering again, but I won’t be writing book 3 of The Courier. I plan to write it in NaNoWriMo this November. You read me right. I’ve already collected all my ideas for #3, and I have a month and a half to outline. Stay tuned…