My that's not romantic story grew from a story to a novella to a novel. Looking back, I can't understand how I thought I could fit the story into 15,000 words, even after I knew the plot. The first draft and first round of revisions done, it's just over 40,000.
This was a strangely intense writing experience. Yes, I was motivated, but I felt almost crazed. I have never been someone who wrote every single day. Most days, yes, but I would skip one here or there when I had too much to do or simply didn't feel like writing. Not this story. Every day. Up early, up late, everything dropped that could be dropped. So while this story was written in a short time when looking at weeks - under three - it's not quite as short when looking at actual hours.
And those hours were well used. No sitting down to write and seeing something shiny and my brain wandering off for half an hour or so. When I was writing, I was really writing, surfing online or watching tv only because my brain and hands needed the break.
There is another significant reason why it went so quickly. As I mentioned, the lack of world building made things easier, but so did having a simple, short, single plot with only a handful of characters. I wrote maybe 10,000 more words on this story than I have so far on Ottawa 2025, which I will be going back to soon. While I wouldn't call Ottawa 2025 a complex novel, it has a whole lot more going than the TNR novel, with the subplots needing to given balanced attention, and a whole lot more characters. The list of characters for Ottawa 2025 is kind of ridiculous. There is so much more scope for contradiction and gaps and missed balls. In comparison, it was easy to storm though the TNR book.
The title will be The CEO Can Drop Dead.
As it is considerably longer than what I had originally envisioned, the price will be higher than 99 cents. I haven't decided how much higher, yet. Nothing outrageous. I also still haven't decided how much of my royalties will go to the charity. It will be a percentage of my royalties, so the actual amount will rise and fall depending on where people buy the book. I will be encouraging people to buy through smashwords, through which I get a maximum of 85% of the cover price, instead of Amazon, through which I get only a maximum of 35%, but Amazon will be where most people will trip over the book and that's where they will buy it.
I'm under no illusion that this will be a big thing. My readership is small and I don't imagine many of those readers will be interested in this book, given the subject matter and the fact that this is nothing like anything I've written before. It's mostly about expressing myself, venting, and making a point. I'm so glad I did it. It was brilliant. I don't know if the results are. I'm so close to the story that I really can't "see" it. Others are going to have to point out the flaws to me.
I'm leaning towards donating to an organisation called the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. It works with rape crisis centres throughout Ontario, and I like it because it not only helps survivors of assault but educates and advocates to stop sexual assault in the first place. I have contacted them because I plan to mention them by name when I start selling the book and I don't want that to be a surprise to them. Anyone interested in learning more about them can go here: http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/
Now that the first draft is done, the frenzy has passed. I'm now in a strange lull. There are revisions to be done, but stuff is now in the hands of other people and they have to get back to me before I can move on.