Punx Not Dead

I’m 25,000 words into the second draft of my young adult novel “Punx Not Dead.” It follows a seventeen year old girl in Maine who befriends the guys in a punk band and sort of loses herself and her dreams as she gets caught up in the scene. While there are a few similarities between her and myself and some of the characters and some friends from high school the story is completely fictional. I wrote it last summer in the course of a month. Then promptly forgot about it because it wasn’t well written and had no sub plot.

Fast forward a year later. When I went to the Writing conference in June and pitched my novel to an agent,  she was interested. She asked what else I’d written. I explained Punx Not Dead and she asked to see that one, too. So, since June I’ve been trying to revive this novel. I’m now about a quarter of the way through my rewrite and it’s starting to take shape.

Thanks to the guy who counted down his days left to write (See previous blog-post) I’ve written a bunch these past two days. Yesterday I did just over 1,300 words and today 1,918. At this rate this draft should be done in early 2014. It’ll be good to read it all at once to make some revisions. I think the story is tight enough at this point that it won’t need a major rewrite before revisions and edits. And then off to the agent. Hurrah!

Just Another Excuse-Filled Blog Post

I read an incredible post by a fellow doing Nanowrimo this year. He calculated how many days he had left to live and multiplied that by writing 500 words a day and then divided that by 100,000 (his approximate novel word count) and discovered that if he made that small commitment of writing everyday for the rest of his life he’d be able to write hundred upon hundreds of novels.

Inspired, I decided that I, too, can make such a small commitment. Sometimes it won’t be 500 words and sometimes it will be more. Sometimes it won’t all go the same story, and sometimes I’ll be inspired by the novel for weeks on end. Sometimes I’ll wonder why I ever thought I could be a writer and sometimes I’ll wonder how I could ever have gone months without writing.

I’ll let you know how it goes.