November is finally over and with it, NaNoWriMo. For those who participated and were able to finish, congratulations on your win! For those who didn’t make it but still churned out some stellar work, way to go. Creating something is a whole heck of a lot better than doing nothing.
For me, I managed to barely squeak by with my 50,000. I’m not sure how it happened, but I ran out of story before I had generated enough words. Part of it stems from never fully fleshing out characters or places in my first draft until I am certain they are going to stay. I spent yesterday returning to earlier chapters and adding much-needed description to push my word count over the finish line.
And now what you’ve all been waiting for, the book jacket back synopsis.
Sandra Roberts never wanted an exciting life, she left adventures to other people. Everything changed when the Amulet of Nefertiti claimed her as its guardian. Now a fanatical collector is hunting her and will stop at nothing to take it from her. Sandra must prove her bond to the Amulet before the collector turns violent. Not all hope is lost, being a guardian comes with privileges. Sandra has also attracted the aid of the mysterious Lapidary Society, a secret group of historians whose sole purpose is to keep the Amulet and other artifacts like it out of the wrong hands.
It’s hard not to write a teaser without thinking in the voice of Don LaFontaine. “In a world where Sandra Roberts thought she was safe…” The teaser still needs some work, but you get the idea. The story itself will need extensive work to clear out the large sections of text which derailed mid-draft and left giant heaps of twisted wreckage. The great thing about writing without an outline is that it is easier to embrace and pursue moments of brilliance. However, chances are those moments might not jive with earlier chapters. I tend to have more than my fair share of these train wrecking moments, at times I wish they were easier to ignore.
I beg forgiveness for being a bit of a hermit these last few weeks. Now that the month is over I will be coming back out of my hole and stopping by everyone’s blogs. I can’t wait to see what you have all been up to! Here at Literary Quest the normal blogging schedule will resume after today.