Completion Report

I am continuing do the rest of the WIPjoy posts, even though technically I have finished my novel, tentatively titled Sohalie’s Search. This has been a long journey for me. Sohalie’s Search is my sixth completed novel. All the others were written in a much shorter timespan–usually within a couple of months.

This one started in a class I attended during the Realm Makers conference of 2015. I had the kernel of an idea, and I wrote it down. Over the next few weeks, I kept thinking of ways to make it more awesome, including setting it in a story world I created for two of my other novels, though on a different part of the continent.

I started writing in November of 2015 for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The goal is to write 50,000 words in the month of November, and somehow I managed it. However, I knew I was only about halfway into the story and there was no time to keep writing in December.

The story languished until summer of last year, when I managed to squeeze out a couple of chapters. I thought maybe I could finish it during 2016 NaNo, but I simply did not have time to write. So when some of my fellow writers suggested having a “JaNoWriMo,” (January Novel Writing Month) I figured this was my big chance. It has been hard to put in the necessary hours and brain work, but I did finally finish on Tuesday morning.

Of course, there are many revisions that will need to be done, but as I’ve recently been reminded, my manuscript at the moment is the worst it’s ever going to be! I love the story and it was a bit of a departure for me as it’s my first story written in the first person. The main character, Sohalie (pronounced SO-hah-lee) narrates most of the story, but I have two other first-person narrators who have their own side of things to tell.

Now I will work on revising one of my other novels while letting this one sit for a month or two. I also have a great idea for a short story, so I may give into the temptation to work on that also.

But really, my first priority ought to be trying again to find an agent now that I have six completed novels. It’s just so intimidating . . .

WIPjoy #26

Protagonist Takeover Week: all answers must be in your protagonist’s words

Tell us about where you live.

Sohalie: I grew up on my father’s very large estate in the southern region of our country of Archbeck. It was very fertile, with many crops and orchards and a beautiful lake. Now I live in the far north, in the city of Ursindor, where there is lots of snow for at least half of every year. I ride bears and have to dress very warmly when I go outside. Hot springs help heat the buildings and keep walkways free of ice.

WIPjoy #25

Protagonist Takeover Week: all answers must be in your protagonist’s words

A line you were proud to say

Sohalie: He opened his mouth as if to speak, but no words came out. In that moment I loved him more than I ever had before. I saw him in all his tenderhearted goodness, his willingness to deny himself for Sitara’s sake, and his deep joy at learning it would not be necessary. I knew I had made the right choice, but the pain at that moment was difficult to bear.

WIPjoy #24

Protagonist Takeover Week: all answers must be in your protagonist’s words

Favorite way to relax?

Sohalie: I love to do embroidery and beading to make my things more beautiful. I also play the harp and find music very soothing. But if I really need to work the kinks out of my brain, there’s nothing like an exhilarating bear ride through the snow!

 

WIPjoy #21

I’m most impatient to hear reader reactions to . . .

Well, first of all, I would just love for there to be some readers, any readers, to react to any of it! But I’m probably most curious to see how they react to the character of Sohalie. I really hope they’ll root for her, because otherwise they’ll hate the book.