Although I have always loved to write, it wasn’t until recently that I was able to get more than a few pages down onto…well, I guess now it’s my computer. My friend (who got the idea from NaNoWriMo) suggested that we both write a 50,000-word story in one month. I wasn’t supposed to worry about the plot, characters, description, or anything else for that matter; I was just supposed to get the words down onto the page. So, I started out with my first scene and, as a huge surprise to myself, the story continued until it was something that I absolutely loved! It was a fantastic experience and introduced me to a whole new form of story-telling. But, before I was able to do much else with it, another friend wanted to try this writing style with us again the following month. Without any argument, we got back to it.

It’s this second story which has occupied most of my life for the past year and a half. I actually quit my job (I had been teaching English in South Korea for 7 years) and moved back home (just outside of Toronto) to work on it. And, what started out as a 50,000-word novel has grown into a 300,000-word monster!

Now, it’s time to get my story out there. And while I’m looking into the traditional routes, I’m also thinking about different ways in which my novel might reach the public.

I know that it’s going to be a difficult process, and most definitely an emotional one. But, it’s one that I’m looking forward to. I actually think it’s great that I’ve taken the step to become an author, and I look forward to see what I can achieve.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. The Bumble Files August 26, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Michael. Best of luck getting your book out there. Congratulations on completing it.

  2. Daniela August 27, 2012 / 4:54 am

    Hi Michael,
    I came to visit to say thank you for visiting the Lantern Post … and I am so glad I did! Because almost all you described above is very familiar to me. And I am so ‘jealous’ you can were able to quit your job and write โ€ฆ something I long to do!
    All the best Michael,

    • Michael McManamon August 27, 2012 / 12:03 pm

      Thanks so much. I’ve actually been looking into getting a job now. It has been great finishing my first book, but it’s time to start making some money again. ๐Ÿ™‚ I look forward to reading more of your work!

  3. Daniela August 30, 2012 / 1:16 am

    Just letting you know that I have nominated your blog for a โ€˜Super Sweet Blog Awardโ€™. If you choose to participate the rules could be found here: http://wp.me/p2v1s2-vt
    All the Best
    Daniela of the Lantern Post

  4. millie schmidt October 24, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    Hi Michael! Looking forward to following your blog from over here in Australia! By the way 300,000 words is insane! That’s three books! My novels only ever make it to about 70,000 words – but I suppose I’m writing YA so they don’t need to be so epic. What genre/age group are you writing for?

    • Michael McManamon October 24, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Haha, yeah, it is a bit long. But the story just kept coming out! I guess I write for more of an adult crowd, though I do have a YA book I’d like to eventually get back to (one of the ones I did during Nanowrimo). You’ll definitely need to keep me posted on how things work out. ๐Ÿ˜

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