Finished NaNoWriMo today, and for the first time I can say I have a novel. A whole novel. It still needs work, but it’s there – beginning, middle, and end. Characters and plot (more or less) and all that jazz. It’s an idea I’ve played with for quite a while. Back in July or August, I sat down and wrote a basic outline, and in September I wrote a rough draft. Now I’ve gone through the rough draft and turned it into a good, solid first draft. But…
It’s fanfiction. Based on WoW, of course. I can’t publish it. Not as is, anyway.
Now I have to decide what to do with it. The following options come to mind:
- Nothing. Set it aside, be proud of myself for having completed it, and move on to something else.
- ‘Publish’ it online, as is. I’ve read fanfiction novels online. It’s a possibility.
- Rewrite it to remove the WoW parts and try to get it really published that way.
At least I don’t have to decide now. It can sit there and wait till I decide what to do. (Yes, I’ve got it saved in a couple different places.) Meanwhile, I’ll pat myself on the back, start looking at Christmas lists, and go play some WoW. I hear Koltira Deathweaver is coming back in Legion, and my death knight wants to be ready. She’s still got a couple levels to go before she hits 100.