Monday, November 30, 2009

NaNoWriMo Day 30: First Draft of VIRTUOSO finished!

Yesterday, on November 29, I completed the first draft of VIRTUOSO. The novel was 68,176 words long, 25 chapters (prologue + 24 chapters), and 302 pages double-spaced. VIRTUOSO is the first book in the Riverwood Trilogy. I plan to write book two next year and book three the year after that. I do not know if I will continue to use the Riverwood Trilogy as my NaNo 2010 and NaNo 2011 books yet.

I was more excited in finishing VIRTUOSO than I was finishing THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS back in September. When I finished VIRTUOSO, I was absolutely thrilled and excited. When I finished THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS, I was wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into. Of course, Prophetess was my first novel ever completed, so perhaps that is what made it so different. I'm really proud of myself. I've written two novels in less than a year's time. I honestly never thought I would be able to finish one novel.

I have also created a little book cover for VIRTUOSO. Here it is:

I believe the picture I found is just perfect for the novel. Several times, Nadia compares her life to a jigsaw puzzle, and she is a violin virtuoso. The cover art is mainly just for me, but I thought I would share it.

On other writing news, now that December is heading in tomorrow, I need to get back to real writing life. *laughs* I have 2-3 short stories I would like to write for by the end of December. Plus, I will begin doing my rewrites/edits for THE PHOENIX PROPHETESS and begin on the plot outline for THE PHOENIX SORCERESS. I need to read through my previous short stories as well once more and send them out again next month. Fun, fun!


Aubrie said...

Congrats on finishing your second novel in one year! Wow, you're on a roll!

I do like the cover, it's very interesting and makes me wonder what the book is about.

What short stories are you writing and for where?

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you! I definitely feel on a roll. Next year, I hope to finish three books (The Phoenix Sorceress, Moonlight Murders, and Doctor: Derek's Story).

I hope in January to begin the edits for VIRTUOSO, so I can send it out to you and C to critique.

As for short stories, I plan to work on one for the "Carnivale" issue in Emerald Tales. I would also like to write something for Inner Fears, War of the Worlds: Frontlines, and Fire & Ice: Short Gasps of Romantic Suspense, if the ideas come to me and I have a chance to write the stories. The main one I am working on first is for Emerald Tales, and I figured I would go on from there.

I need to read back through "Bella's Battle", "Wishes", and "Hounded" to see if I can fix them up a bit and then send them out again.

Trisha said...

Belated congrats! I had a great run in NaNo 2009 too, and I'm still working on the results of that. :)