My sister and fellow author, BJ Hyman, and I began a journey seven months ago – November, 2014 – when she asked me if I wanted to do NANOWRIMO with her. That is the organization for the National Novel Writing Month, where people from all over the country try to meet a common goal of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month.
It is a daunting undertaking to say the least.
I had attempted to participate in NANOWRIMO once, several years ago, but I didn’t make it. I was one chapter into it when I gave up. So, when Beej suggested we do this last November, I was hesitant for several reasons and one was because I was in a bad place with my writing. I was depressed. I am getting older, and when it came to my writing dreams, I just couldn’t see the point, anymore. At first, I think I agreed to participate because I wanted to do something with my sister and wanted to encourage her. I honestly didn’t think I would make it.
Whatever my reasons, as unlikely as they were, I agreed to do it. It turned out to be a momentous decision.
I had written a novel many, MANY years ago called The Gifted. There was no digital copy of it. I had one hard copy left of the thing. I had always thought it was a good story, but needed a lot of work. I decided to re-write my original novel. Beej had a screenplay called “Day Zero,” that she used as an outline to create Day Zero: The Book of Patrick.
BJ Hyman’s book was released a little less than two months ago. I have set the date for The Gifted to be released on June 1, 2015.
This was something we both have wanted to do our entire lives – to be able to finally use all that creativity and to put our work out there. Now, it’s happening.
This is newer for Beej … I, on the other hand, was a columnist, and a newspaper staff writer, for many years. I have had poetry and shorter fiction published many times – but never a full length novel.
I honestly don’t think all of this would have meant as much without my sister. She did a television interview on WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi, about the release of Day Zero: The Book of Patrick and I was every bit as excited as if it were my own book they were discussing.
Right now, I am dealing with the final editing process. I think a book is sort of awkward – like teenage years – before editing. Soon, my novel will be out there to face the world.
I am excited and terrified.
While I hope that it sells a lot of copies … I am really just excited to have it out there.
Will The Gifted be the end of my creative endeavors?
Oh no, Honey. I’m just getting started ….