It’s funny, I have just spend the last 3 days marathon writing whilst sitting at my kitchen table in the most uncomfortable chair I have and what is the first thing that I do? I sit back the heck down and write a blog at the kitchen table in my godawfully uncomfortable chair. And then I’m gonna write something else. Why? Because it’s all I know how to do.
Now that I have that out of the way, give me a moment, please, to express my elation one last time.
I completed Camp Nano session 1 last night. I crossed the 50,000 word finish line and I completed the novel that had been scratching away at my mind like a rodent for some time.
High fives and slurpees all around.
Yes, this is going to be another blog about the book that has been plaguing me for months. Deal with it.
I feel like I have had a great weight lifted from my body.
I have written 10 books to completion, one film script, three television scripts, several comic scripts and a multitude of short stories but never have I felt anything to rewarding as finishing this book.
This book has been an extension of my life since I came up with the idea just after November of last year. It has been slowly eating away at my brain for months and I finally sat down to write it.
I am very proud of this book. This book has been a difficult thing to write. I started out doing research for it by checking all sorts of gross medical stuff and learning about the doctor side of things. When I sat down to write, I realized that I didn’t actually need all of that stuff, and the book really began to take on a life of it’s own.
Finishing it now, I can tell you that it is the same story that I originally set out to tell, but it’s not presented the same way that I had originally wanted. It sort of evolved as I sat down to write it, in a good way.
I’ve said it before, I am usually a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of writer. USUALLY. I’m perfectly happy to sit and plan a story and write down all my plot points and blah blah blah. This time I did a little bit of both and I am really happy with the way it turned out.
This book was extremely difficult for me to write. It deals entirely with my main character contracting an illness and suffering in the hospital. I’m not going to tell you much more than that.
When I set out to write it, it was told from the first person point of view of my main protagonist as she was getting treated in the hospital. As I wrote, I suddenly developed this character into more than what I had originally set out to do. And her relationships with people. Her parents suddenly became thse fully fleshed out characters, as did her doctor. I didn’t originally set out to write it that way, but it just felt to be the natural progression of the story.
The scary thing I found, is that I got amazing attached to my character “Zero”. As I was writing the final chapters, I found myself crying more than once. I had to stop and remove myself completely from the story before I could go on.
I really hope that my passion and that level of commitment to “Zero” shows and I hope that I can illicit the same response from my readers.
It’s been a really emotionally draining month.
And now that it’s done?
I couldn’t be happier with it.
So now it’s off being critiqued and beta read by my friends and I want all the feedback I can get.
I’m taking this one all the way.
But for now, I need a nap.
Kai Kiriyama is going to spend the next three days sleeping.
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