This summer, I set a special kind of writing challenge for myself – and there are still some secrets to be revealed about it.
So here we go…
On August 15th (Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast) I told you partially about the challenge, how the clock was ticking and I didn’t know if I would make my deadline.
On August 17th, (Six Impossible Things Before – part II) , I was pleased to be able to report that the first copy of my new book “The Lands That Lie Between” had arrived, and that I had made my impossible deadline, but I couldn’t share the details lest I spoil a surprise.
And now here’s the rest of the story…
I had started “The Lands That Lie Between” in the fall of 2009, as my first NaNoWriMo project (info on NaNoWriMo is elsewhere in this blog). I’d worked on it off and on for the next couple of years and meant to complete it one day, but was just kind of dawdling along on it.
I did, however, have a special plan for this book…
My dad is a great guy, intelligent, compassionate and wise, and one of the many great things he’d done for me as a dad was to first get me into reading fantasy and science fiction, something I dearly love to this day. I had decided that, when I completed my first novel, I would dedicate it to my dad, in honor of what a great father he’s been.
This was on my list of things to do “someday”.
And then, at our July get together, I realized that this August was my dad’s 80th birthday; and that it would be great if “someday” could be in time for that birthday.
July 16th to August 18th. 34 days to take a 3/4 written rough draft, finish the story, edit, polish, send out for publication, create cover and get proof copy back in time to give to my father.
Well, I wrote early and I wrote late. I had a friend who volunteered to proofread and help edit and worked sections as fast as I finished them and could get them back to her. My husband supported my writing and did what he could to help.
Life piled up at points, and the manuscript went in a week later than planned but, despite that, the proof copy was printed and shipped in one day instead of three, the shipping was amazing and the book was in my hands two days before the party.
I’m pleased to report that my dad has already finished reading all 260 pages, and says he likes it very much.
The point I’m trying to make here is that, when you’re motivated enough and willing to work hard, you can accomplish amazing things, far beyond what you may have thought possible.
So, what do you think is impossible that you might want to get started on today?