Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I Have No Words Left for a Title

So, in the week since I last posted I went ahead and wrote a book.

You know. Start to finish. A whole book. One of those things.

It's number ten for finished drafts. Ten books. Wow.

You will excuse the choppiness of this post. I wrote 60,000 words in seven days. I need to go to the store and stock up on some more; the word cupboards are quite bare.

I don't say this to brag. It's crazy, even for me. Only two of my ten manuscripts have been written comparably fast--PARANORMALCY and MIND GAMES. Both came to me in a deluge, the stories spilling out as fast as my fingers could manage.

SUPERNATURALLY, ENDLESSLY, Isadora's book, and the sequel to MIND GAMES I was working on (before this story descended like a swarm of locusts onto my brain) all took significantly longer. I had to set aside time to write. I had to force myself to plot, and work at it, and be disciplined enough to choose to get the writing in instead of napping or watching television or sitting on the couch staring at the wall.

But sometimes I get an idea and a voice that demands I do nothing else, and I have learned to oblige. My kids get to watch a lot of movies, and my friends ask if I've been sick, and I do not sleep and I forget to eat and the days pass in a mad blur with one foot in this world and the other foot in a world that exists only in my head.

Have you ever tried to stand with one foot shoved into your own head? IT ISN'T EASY.

Anyway. Now comes the crash where I sink off the story high and begin to wonder if I was out of my mind to think it was as special as I felt like it was when I was writing. I have pages of notes on what I already know needs to change, and I'll start at the beginning and read through and make those changes and hopefully find something magical.

This all has to be done quickly, of course, because locust-swarm-books are inconvenient things and I have copyedits for MIND GAMES needing to be done and a few other very pressing projects waiting, not to mention the book I am actually supposed to be drafting right now.

I used to do a sum-up of books when I finished. I'm not sure how to do that with this one. It's a strange book. I hope it will be the Mysterious Fourth Book of my most recent deal with HarperTeen, but you never know. All I will say is:

Howl's Moving Castle + Pride and Prejudice.

Plus imperialism and sexism and romance and a mathematician heroine. Do with that what you will. I will be over there. Asleep.

23 comments:

Ann Elise said...

That. Takes some serious skill. I managed to hit 50k in a week during NaNoWriMo, but then died temporarily for a week before returning to complete the 93k manuscript before the month ended. We writers are a special brand of crazy.

Kathryn said...

I seriously have to start watching that show. I feel so left out whenever I'm on twitter. I keep on thinking everyone's downtown for some reason...

Congrats, Kiersten! What an accomplishment!

Lexie said...

Howl's Moving Castle and Downtown Abbey. Well. I guarantee that's not a combination I've seen before.

Congratulations, Kiersten. Just . . . congratulations. I can't even imagine the mental exhaustion right now. o_o I once wrote 7k in a day and I was spent. 60k in a week? That's . . . wow.

Perhaps someday we shall see more of this Howl's Moving Castle/Downtown Abbey locust-swarm-book. :D

Jared Peterson said...

Wow, that takes some discipline -- well, and, or insanity. Simply from the pictures it looks good! Can't wait for MIND GAMES. Keep up the good work! And, get some sleep, would you? =D

Christina said...

I am 95% sure you have superpowers right now. That is impressive.

Ashley said...

I'm not sure I've been so excited about a book before. Downton Abbey is the way to my heart.

Heather Anastasiu said...

Oh my gosh, this is so insane and AWESOME!!! I've heard of people writing a book in a few weeks, but never in ONE week! You are officially the Epic Queen of Awesome!!!!

Heather said...

Congratulations! Be sure to treat yourself or have your hubby treat you to breakfast in bed or whatever meal satisfies your post-literary fogs.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! Holy crow. You are amazing! I did 50000 words in ten days one year for NaNoWriMo, but I've never repeated it. I'm a bit jealous you have the time to write that much too!

Kate said...

Congrats!!! That is amazing! Man I only wish. :)
You have no idea how excited I am to read all of your books when they release!!! Like excited doesn't even begin to cover it. Let's see: a tremendous build up of high thrilling charge on the verging peak of eruption, leaving all negativity left to wallow in excitement. Yeah, that's a little more like it. . . :)

Ariana said...

Oh my goodness, I will read that book like there's no tomorrow. <3

Megs said...

Ooh, I'm caught already. You're good. But, of course, we already knew that. ;) Congrats!

Chelsea said...

Magic word: Howl.
I want to read it now!
(Congrats by the way...it takes me a year to write 50k!)

Teril said...

Oh Yeah! I cannot wait.

Lori Folkman said...

You. Are. Amazing!

Rachel Pattinson said...

Wow! Amazing! You must have some serious willpower! All I did yesterday was open my novel, stare at it for about three hours before shutting it down again...congrats!

Gennifer Albin said...

Can I ask a question, if you have time to answer, do you feel like you refilled your creative well when you just let the voice drive you? (yes, cheesy, cheesy, swiss cheesy).

I'm hard at work on the book I owe my editor, but it's slow going and frustrating, and there's this other book that keeps popping into my head. I keep wondering if maybe I need to write it to remember why I like writing, because navigating sequel-writing is proving frustrating.

~Valen~ said...

Bravo! Really, wowsers! but now, here comes the dreaded, "this sucks", "i hate this", "thats good", "what was I thinking" "w......t.......f....." and the occasional "LOVE IT!!!" part that is editing. lol. but, still and again, wowsers! amazing job. you should be really proud..

~Valen

Dianne Greenlay said...

A book of that length in a week? Congratulations!! Sheer magic! (I'm envious - wish inspiration like that would pour over me...)

Nicole Zoltack said...

That is crazy.

That is all.

Sarah Ahiers said...

Crazy!
I also have a draft of a novel that's howl's moving castle meets Sherlock Holmes. We muat think alike

Elizabeth said...

I totally just realized I made a snarky comment about people who write fast on Twitter (meant for a friend who writes INSANELY fast drafts that are readable to boot) the same day you posted this. So now I feel like a doof!

Good luck on your book! And the inevitable repetitive motion soreness that will surely follow! Drink lots of water! Clean your kitchen! Take a nap!

Cara R. Olsen said...

Kiersten,
it's mean is what it is. Mean. 60,000 words? 7 days? You fiend. Here I am, sitting in bed for the last two years, forced onto my side at this point, because what used to be a rather nice bum now has the curvature of an end table. And here you are writing books in 7 days. Well, isn't that just wonderful -- for you. You'll excuse my caustic tone, won't you please? I'm only very, very -- where are those italics when you need them -- very jealous.
All kidding aside, from one writer to another, that is freaking awesome. :) Congrats and happy shopping at the word market. I think they're having a sale on aisle 10 . . . adjectives are half-price, verbs two for $1. The nouns are never reduced for some reason, though. Go figure.

Blessings,
Cara
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