Last night I was cheering for the Broncos during the Superbowl just because I like their logo and when I lost hope that they were going to win, I started looking ahead to part 3 of my plan. I wanted to find any possible way to eventually turn my book into an anime and it made me realize something. I really need for the book to become a success in order for me to have any chance of making it into an anime. I found a group that can animate by hand and they live to make dreams come true, but I would want them to spend a lot more hours than they are used to (and they already spend a ton) to produce the show, so it needs to be worth the effort. I could also go to a group that has worked with very famous animators and has a great history, but to make the series would most likely cost a lot to make and I don’t have money, so i need to have a large enough following to make a Kickstarter or something and to have them even consider it. Many people want their novels to become a success and everyone has their reasons. Mine is so that I have a chance at making the anime that I have wanted to make for a long time. I have many other reasons, but none of them are as important as that. A lot is riding on me making the book a success.
With plans as simple as mine there are always subsections hidden within subsections. The first part of my plan is to read through what I have so far. The fact that I have not touched my novel in 3 months will make it difficult to jump back into things. I was afraid, afraid that the novel, the anime, which I had fallen in love with would not work out. I need to get back into the swing of things and at the same time take notes about what I have to go back and address. I will not edit yet.
Part 1 of my first step is just to read through my novel to remember where I was going with it. Part 2 will be adding at least 20,000 words to my 50,000. The due date is February 28. If I do not complete both parts by the end of the month, I will have to face a consequence. The consequence will be switching my flute with my sister’s for the month of March which to me means a lot because I had to go through quite a but to get the flute that I have now. The consequence will help me stay on track and be the motivation that I need.
When I was in seventh grade I had the first opportunity to write creatively. School had made me think that writing wasn’t fun. I hated to plan out five-paragraph essays in elementary school using graphs and charts which I would never end up finishing. The system was too concrete and no fun for me at all, so the last thing that I would have expected myself doing was writing a novel. Seventh grade was the year that my English teacher was having medical issues and had to leave halfway through the school year. I was supposed to write a persuasive essay, so I persuaded my substitute teacher to let us write creatively. My essay worked and the creative writing lead me to be inspired to write a book, so over the year I ended up with 12,000 words. I unfortunately lost all of the work that I had done and lost all will to write. My heart broke, but one dream was able to fix that.
I saw a fuzzy movie which was being narrated to me so that it didn’t matter if I couldn’t see. It was like an audio book with some sort of visual representation. I took the next day to write down the general plot of the “movie” and began mapping out my characters. I later began writing the script to my anime because I had recently discovered the world of anime and loved it. I wanted to make one myself. Soon I realized that I was not very good at writing scripts and the scripts that I wrote for each episode of the anime could be read in about 5 minutes each. I gave up on that and put it off to the side.
In eighth grade my teacher gave me a project. I was to set a word goal that I wanted to reach at the end of the month of November, also known as National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo for short). I chose the tiny goal of 15,000 words which I achieved in 9 days. We spent a lot of October preparing for NaNoWriMo. I kind of cheated and used the idea for the first book that I ever wrote, so I already knew the plot well enough to breeze through the 15,000. A few days before November I stumbled across the adult website for NaNoWriMo which set the challenge at 50,000 words. Motivated by all of the preparing and the return to the plot that I had previously had fallen in love with, I took the challenge head-on. The month was of course full of stress. I had to balance my schoolwork with writing an entire novel in one month. I was only 13. By the end of the month I had my 50,000 words and went on to self-publish the book. Looking back on it now, I am ashamed by how little time I put into the revision and publication of the book. I only took 1 month to write it and one month to both edit and publish it.
I have boiled down the future for me into 3 steps.
1.) Get my novel published and make it well-known.
2.) Learn to draw and turn the novel into a manga.
3.) Find someone to animate my manga.
Of course it’s going to be a bumpy road, but I will make it. I have plenty of spares and money for gas and food. I will reach my destination.