It’s the home stretch for National Novel Writing Month. We have just three more days to finish up those 50,000 words for November’s challenge. I’d hoped to be done by today, but that I haven’t given up says something, doesn’t it? Two writing strategies I used for this month was to stay ahead in the word count early on so I would be able to take family time during Thanksgiving weekend, and not checking in the forums or videos or thousand other encouraging writing places to go for the month. Even my critique group quit our subs and crits for November.
On my stats, you’ll see that I didn’t write ANYTHING for four days, as I expected would happen, and planned for – although that’s not quite accurate. I twice wrote my Morning Pages by long-hand. I did bunches of little odds and ends in my regular journal. I wrote a snatch or two of dialogue for my novel. And I did some thinking about the story, including the feel-good ending. But none of that really counts for the NaNoWriMo word count. Oh. Will I make it to that golden goal? (pant, pant, pant, pant)
I know in years past, during the last few days of NaNoWriMo so many people were verifying their word counts that it was neigh impossible to connect to the site unless you logged in during the wee hours of the morn. With their updates this year, that may have changed. Guess I’m going to find out.
What I’m really looking forward to is post NaNoWriMo. I smile just thinking the slicing and dicing, the logically piecing together of bits, filling in the segues, then taking a deep breath before Revision Number One.
And what comes after Revision Number One?
At least, nothing on that story for a while. I plan to let it marinate (i.e., sit in a drawer; hang out on the jump drive; take some parent time away from the child) while I pick up the story I started earlier this fall, which in the meantime has been marinating away.
After I’m away from this year’s NaNoWriMo story for a couple or few months, I’ll take another deep breath and go in for Revision Number Two. Then, if I’m satisfied, I’ll send it out to my critique group for their words of wisdom. Of course, somewhere during Revision Number One and Revision Number Two I’ll be doing whole novel revisions for “simple” things, like consistent name changes, getting rid of those dreaded was-es, language flow, emotional content, etc.
The wonderful thing about this time schedule is that I’ll have all the cold Michigan winter to be working inside, not distracted by growing plants – grass, weeds, veggies, and otherwise – not distracted by lovely sunny, warm weather tip-tapping at my den window begging me to come outside and play. Yes, the bleak mid-winter is great for writing, for me. (Of course, there are those sunny days which tap away, to which I respond with a “Sure. Okay.” and layer up to play in the glorious silence of winter, but I won’t get too distracted with that thought right now.)
Have I procrastinated finishing up my NaNoWriMo story long enough? And what are you doing still reading this when you ought to be writing yourself!
See you at the finish line.