Myth by Roan Lucas [$0.00, written in Word]
It is a somewhat perfect confluence of events that I can complete my 52 books in 52 weeks on December 31, 2016 by reading my son’s first book.
He wrote it for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. Clocking in at 50,140 words according to the official NaNoWriMo counter, Roan wrote consistently every day, determined to make his goal, often skipping out on fun events or other distractions, and all the time keeping up with rehearsals and a heavy homework workload. I couldn’t be prouder.
But what of the book itself?
I have had the arrogance in the past to think of myself as an above average writer. But I’ve been humbled by this work, which leaves my comparable work of the 8th grade time frame in the dust. And quite frankly, I’m not sure I could do better in my current 39th grade status. I certainly haven’t tried, which is more than half the battle.
The story is a whimsical fantasy of witches, angels, demons and, occasionally, squirrels. While there are still the rough edges of a new writer, there is considerable accomplishment in the sense of story structure, character development, and, my favorite, humor. The story flows nicely, and the the characters motivations all line up nicely without feeling like plot machinations. All in all, a strong first draft.
I’ll look forward to book 2.
Books Read: 52
Week Number: 52