Breaking the Word Barrier

Continuing my indoor dumpster diving, I discovered that I had made an error in my previous post. My first NaNoWriMo novel wasn’t 2007, it was 2004. I know this because I just found the printed copy in a box of stuff I’m clearing out. The Toronto NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison at the time worked at Mail Boxes Etc. and was offering free printing service to anyone who made the 50,000 word goal. It’s lucky for me because I’ve long since lost the file for this little piece of my writing history. It took a long time for me to beat my 59-page project record set at 21. At 33, I finally did it with 145 pages.

The working title of this piece was They Said We Couldn’t Be Rock Stars. While writing 50,000 words in 30 days seemed a daunting task, this story about a group of friends in their mid-30s trying to break the shackles of their workaday lives in the name of artistic expression turned out to be an enjoyable exercise. Not so enjoyable that I didn’t take pleasure in killing all of my main characters in a bus crash to make up my last thousand words, though. While I did make NaNoWriMo attempts in 2005 and 2006, it wasn’t until 2007 that I managed to make it to the end again. Maybe I’ll talk about that story in another post.

I’m going to scan and shred this manuscript now as part of my decluttering project, but now that I know this story still exists, I may revisit it again.