Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I Survived NaNo
I didn't manage to write every day, though that was my goal. Came down with a bug early on that laid me out for three days. Le sigh. ;-) I forgot to add words to the counter until the next day a few times. But overall I'm pleased with my output.
It needs editing of course, but first it needs finishing - I expect the first draft to clock in between 90,000 and 100,000. I'll need to cut or condense the boring stuff that currently contains nuggets I want to mine for characterization. I surprised myself with the information that popped out of my subconscious when my characters were chattering away. And that's one point of first drafts. The writer can't fix a story until it's on paper or in a file.
I'm a layered editor, so I know I'll need several passes to add description and internal characterization, to clarify emotions, and generally add the sparkle to the story. All of that has to wait for the completed draft and the cooling-off period. Getting to close to a work makes it impossible to edit.
For now, I'll breathe one sigh of contentment, and dig back into my novel.
On a different note, I'd like to remind you that today was Laura's post for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog: Social Media Confessions. This is a topic I'll need to think about!