Well, Lizzy and I have been at it for three days now, and together we have written over 11,300 words! We are 1/5 of the way to the goal of 50,000 words (see Mom? I DID learn fractions)! That’s really exciting. I went from thinking this was going to be practically impossible to thinking we may reach the goal and surpass it! I’m not saying it’s any easier, just more within our grasp! The thought of being able to say when this is all over, “I co-wrote a full novel from scratch in 30 days.” is encouraging to me! To borrow a phrase from the wonderful 90’s, I’m psyched!
Now, I wanted to add a little bit of our writing so people can get a taste of what we’re doing and what kind of project we’re working on. So, I cleared it with my co-author to add a small excerpt of The Pharaoh to The Paradigm. The Pharaoh at The Paradigm, The Pharaoh at The Paradigm, The Pharaoh at The Paradigm…sorry. I got carried away there. Our story is about ancient Egypt, if you haven’t guess by the title. So here it is, do you don’t think we’re not actually doing anything, is the first excerpt from our NaNo Novel:
He smiled coldly at Meptph and said, “I require three rooms, High Priestess. One for myself, one for my viceroy, and one for my aids. I shall spend the night in this temple and conduct my business in the morning.”
Meptph couldn’t hide the shock in her eyes. He assumed it was because she was so honored to have him stay with them. He, the Pharaoh, a human god! But when she found her voice he was mistaken.
“My lord, that is not permissible. Men are not allowed to sleep within the walls of this temple. For the sake of the girls as well as the—”
Seti rose, knocking the girl with the tray back. “Woman, I am no man! I am Pharaoh! I choose what is permissible!”
-Excerpt from Chapter 2 of The Pharaoh by Elizabeth Hefty and Andrew Ronzino
Please remember that this is a “vomit draft”, meaning that all we did was write the chapters and give it a simple once-over to make sure it made sense. There has been no real editing done to it. So if it looks and reads like crap, please understand that we’re not wasting any of our 30 days to making it look perfect. If we like it in the end, we’ll fix it up then.
Well, that’s it for the day! Stay tuned!