Whew! Its finally over. I decided to join the (Inter) National Novel Writing Month initiative which saw thousands of novelists from all over the world accepting the challenge to write a 50 000 word novel during the month of November. Of course this is the first draft of the manuscript and is not the completed article. Editing and rewrites can easily take twice or three times as long to complete as the first draft. Nevertheless the fact that novelists from all over the world were striving to write their novels during the alloted time acted as an incentive to get those 50 000 words down in time.
The manuscript I completed is the first draft of my next book 2nd Time Luck which catalogs part of the story of our journey as we sold up everything and moved to Zululand to build a Polynesian Tribal Canoe – also known as a Wharram-Like Catamaran. Although the first draft is complete I know that I shall change it completely before its ready to publish. I am having difficulty deciding what the book is actually about since I got sidetracked into issues like what it was like to return to “civilisation” after we were shipwrecked last time we attempted something like this. Like the first novel there are also a number of sub themes ranging from how Apartheid has changed and how we had to adjust to the new government to the burth of Luna and the dot com revolution. I am having difficulty deciding how to end this book as we are clearly still in the middle of the adventure, but for the moment I shall end this book when we launched our Yacht Sea Shoes.
Suffice to say I made the 50 000 word target and was awarded a winners certificate. Hooray for me. Now the real work begins.