Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Writing Wednesday - NaNoWriMo continued

I haven't been blogging a lot because I've been writing a lot - plowing ahead with my new WIP for National Novel Writing Month.

And you know what? It's fun.

I've had this idea for a story brewing in my head for many years. I started it once way back when, started it a second time a bit later, but I never got into the meat of the story. And the thing about this story (unlike so many ideas that pop into my head) is that I knew how I wanted it to end.

The middle was a little unclear. But that's okay - that's where I am now - and I'm figuring it out as I go. The story took a few twists I didn't expect. And I'm thinking in re-writes there are some factors I need to explore more deeply. But the great thing about NaNoWriMo - it forces you not to worry about the re-writes yet. You think this part or that part could be better? Great - you'll take care of it next time around. For today - just plunge ahead. And I've been plunging.

The goal for NaNoWriMo is 50,000 words in the month of November. I'm up to 32,000 so far and trying to figure out at what point I start the downward slope toward the end of the novel.

I'll confess that I love revisions. I love knowing a story so well that you can really focus on making it the best it can be. But this is the second first draft of a story I've written this year - and I'm really enjoying this part too.

What can I say - I love it all!


PJ Hoover said...

It's why I'm happy we're in the same crit group! I love it all, also!

Congrats on your great progress!

Sarah Rettger said...

Wow, Chris, I'm amazed. I've been plugging away at Bea's story, getting 500 words written most nights, but I wouldn't mind borrowing Hermione's Time-Turner once in a while.

Christine M said...

PJ - I'm very happy we're in the same critique group!

And Sarah - I bet your 500 words a night have more staying power at this point than a lot of mine do. I know it's going to have to be rewritten.

Sarah Rettger said...

Well, they're written on paper in ink instead of with electrons... beyond that, I make no claims about their staying power.