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WIP Watch: Day 30

Today marks 30 days since I committed to writing this novel and I’m feeling fantastic. Part of that is most definitely because my novel was picked out of thousands of entrants into the 30 Covers, 30 Days contest through NaNoWriMo! Cover designer Timothy O’Donnell created a new cover for Speak Not of Murder! I checked and it felt like winning the lottery. This is the beautiful cover I am talking about:

It really feels like this is the time to be writing this book. The stars seemed to have aligned for me to be able to write it this year. Everything from the fact that I spent a couple weeks in Newcastle, where the book takes place, soaking up the atmosphere to the fact that I first started jotting it down in the little Edinburgh cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter makes this particular book so much more special than most. I love challenging myself through writing, and creating my first solo-written cozy mystery is certainly a challenge that I am enjoying immensely.

Add to that the fact that the words are pouring from my fingers whenever I make the time to sit down and write, the fact that my hastily-thrown-together synopsis was enough to ensnare the interest of a designer to create a cover to match, and the incredible joy I derive from all the nuances and personality the character is adding as I go that I didn’t anticipate in the outline, and I’m on top of the world right now.

The stress of past weeks is melting away because I’m no longer pushing for a goal. I don’t have to write 3,000 words per day in order to meet this deadline I’d concocted for myself…though I still often do simply because of the sheer joy of writing. I’m putting this story to the screen because I want to. I’m enjoying myself. I’m having fun. I can’t wait to see how Alice puts her spin on the other elements of the plot I have laid out for her, and that small element of the unknown is driving me to continue.

This book is exactly what I need to be writing at the moment.

 

 

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