Early in June I finished the first draft of my novel, Trigger Warning. I started writing it in May 2021 as a memoir, but because of my memory lapses (due to ECT), by June 2021 it became a novel, mainly because I had to somehow fill in the blanks that I couldn’t remember. From there I worked straight through to June 2022.
Much of it was written during NaNoWriMo 2021. I didn’t meet the 50,000-word goal but my main reason for doing it was to get this draft written. And in fact, it needs plenty more words because at this point, it’s probably a novella, and that’s okay according to my writing instructor.
It’s also nothing like the memoir version. For one thing it’s in third person, but also because with fiction writing, I have the freedom to create stuff without them having to resemble how it really happened. Other than her mental illness, the main character, Trina, and I have little in common.
Next step: revisions.