MANY years ago, when I was involved in the student ministry at my church, we would regularly make silly videos. We spoofed Monty Python and the Matrix at the highlight of our film-making. I then wrote a silly script based on Lord of the Rings that we were going to do. But due to circumstances I won't go into here, it never happened.
Well, every year about this time--namely November--National Novel Writing Month occurs. I've written about it before and have always wanted to participate but never have. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in November. Well I took the script that has been gathering virtual dust and turned it into a book. I'll be the first to say it really sucks. Just looking over it...it's awful. The characterizations are tripe and as superficial as can be. And in some places, I felt like I got too preachy. The "battles" are horribly written. Enough criticism, though. The point was to write 50,000 words, draft quality. I made it to 51,928. That's something like 95 pages in Word (although I'm using a Mac program called Scrivener.) You can check out how I did over the month.
To be honest, I don't think I'll go back and fix it up. And I'm so unhappy with it, I don't even know that I'll finish it. BUT...I did meet the goal and wanted to share that victory. So yay me! However awful it is, I wrote my first novel.