I have a lot of author friends on Facebook who are members of the NaNoWriMo group, and many of them have hit their goal for the month- and I congratulate each and every one of them as I don’t have their passion in writing- my passion is in the proofreading & editing process. One that will have them biting their fingers while their baby is under my hot gaze and hands poised over the keyboard to correct mistakes. They know I respect and love their baby as much as they do, but I have the task of parenting the story, and showing them how good it is once all of the typos are found, grammar corrected and story structure is nudged into its proper place. To anthropomorphize again, I guide the story to maturity and adulthood, ready to meet the world, and send it back to its anxious creator, showing they’re ready to face the world and be read by millions of readers.
One friend, Dominique Goodall, hit her 50K just a few days ago, and is looking at continuing this storyline for another 150K, and I’m cheering her on for knowing how much she can do with her writing, and how much further she knows the story will take. Having edited her first book, Echoes of Winter, to be published in just a few weeks, I *know* the quality will be similar, especially because I’ve read snippets of this story. If anything, her characterization of an intelligent animal is in keeping with Tamora Pierce’s “Wolf Speaker” book in her Wildmage series and Jane Lindskold’s Firekeeper Saga, beginning with “Through Wolf’s Eyes.”
I haven’t read any other stories by my other friends participating in NaNoWriMo, but I certainly look forward to coddling their babies through the proofreading and editing process. The best part of National Novel Writing Month is how it encourages so many people to coax the stories from tiny little ideas at the back of their brains through their fingers and into reality. It certainly is with a whimper, but not a “bang” until they find their way to the *right* publisher who will present it to eager readers ready for a new adventure. This is often the best moment for writers, but the process from submission to publication can be harrowing for the author because it takes time- which can be a nail-biting process because their baby is once again out of their possession but working its way to the people who will make it a bestseller on the New York Times Bestsellers as well as others in various papers and larger booksellers. At that point, it’s best to sit back and enjoy the ride.