|Screen Shot From My Win!|
I have never written so many words, so fast.
292 pages of 96,013 words.
I just had to share my excitement with everyone because I can’t believe how great this feels.
The goal of the contest was to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal was also to tell a complete story in that amount of words/time. When I wrote my outline, I looked at it and said, “This is going to be at least 80,000 words. Yikes!”
It was an intense month of sitting, creating, listening to lots of Led Zeppelin, doing hot yoga to loosen up my muscles and staring dreamily at the photo of my main character who is a big wave surfer.
So...I’ve got a first draft of my novel. The working title is Pleasure Point. It’s a story about a big wave surfer who has...a bit of a sex addiction. But once I got to know him, I found out that he only wanted...well, you’ll have to read the book to find out. He barely survived a stalker, getting wiped out on a big wave at Todos Santos and a few other unfortunate events. I was so worried about him. How will it all end?
It ended with me writing the words, “The End” just as the sun was setting over the Pacific Ocean last night. As I moved my computer monitor aside to look at the sunset, one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs ended at exactly the moment that the sun dipped into the ocean. I like to take this as a good omen. The book’s a long way from being done but I will keep you posted.
I would like to thank big wave surfer Grant “Twig” Baker, who helped me with some technical questions as well as being one of the most gracious athlete’s I’ve ever met, and the book The Big Juice by John Long and Sam George which I was able to adapt some real life big wave stories for my character. Thanks to my husband Kerry for drinking coffee with me every morning and giving me great plot ideas. xoxoxo