Crossing The Finish Line

Well! November was a busy month what with upheaval at work, publishing “8 Million Stories” AND NaNoWriMo.

In the end I was so overwhelmed by things that I had to crawl over the finish line during a conference on the last day! For those interested, I managed 50,007 words (don’t say ANYTHING!). In fact, I thought that what I was writing was actually a novella, but, according to both the Hugos and the Nebulas:

Novel: a work of 40,000 words or more

Novella: a work of at least 17,500 words but under 40,000 words

Novelette: a work of at least 7,500 words but under 17,500 words

Short story: a work of under 7,500 words

So I am actually writing a novel after all (albeit a short one by today’s standards…). I estimate that it will come in around 60,000 words when it is finished, which is probably enough for the audience I am aiming at.

I can say that NaNoWriMo was well worth the effort as I now have the first draft completed of my novel “Talatu” which I plan to work on over the next couple of months and get finished by March 2011. It is a Young Adult tale of a 16 year old girl of Nigerian descent who is part of the first interstellar colonisation mission. She gets captured/kidnapped by the indigenous intelligent life and it falls to her to justify the humans place on Onyx.

As I said, November was a very busy month and so I can definitely say that I would not have done this without the push provided by NaNoWriMo.

Now I can get back to some of my other commitments (Librivox, StarShipSofa etc.) while I scale back my writing from 1667 words a day to something more manageable!


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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