Return of the NaNo Novel

I realized a couple of days ago that I had an anniversary of sorts coming up. Tomorrow will be one month since I finished my novel for NaNoWriMo. That’s when I actually finished the story, as opposed to when I crossed the 50,000 word mark.

The approach of the anniversary of completing the first draft means that I’ve kept my promise to myself — not to look at it for 30 days after finishing it — and now I can take a look at it and decide whether it’s suitable for revising or ready for the recycling bin. I’m leaning towards the latter. While I haven’t looked at it in 30 days, I have been making notes for the first revision; stuff like getting my main character a new job, introducing a more significant antagonist, introducing a love interest, bringing a couple of marginal character more fully into the story, and ratcheting up the political overtones a bit.

Yesterday, I took the printed copy of the first draft out of the drawer it’s been in for the last month. I also unearthed a book about revising fiction, which I bought back when I was in college. Today, I realized I didn’t have a red pen (I want to do my initial corrections and revisions on paper), so I bought one. Tonight when Parker goes to bed, I’ll probably open up the draft and start reading. I may read it through without making any edits the first time. Then I’ll probably plunge in, red pen in hand. I don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day, but I’d at least like it to be as good as I can make it.

I can’t say what’s going to come of it, but it’ll be interesting to see what I have by the ime NaNoEdMo rolls around.

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2 Responses to Return of the NaNo Novel

  1. DuWayne says:

    I am looking forward to next year when I can take part.  I heard of this at the end of the month on the radio.  They played soem of the recordings that came out of the Make an Album month – which was rather interesting.  I am rather keen on the idea – mainly to see what I can produce – I’m likely to try to do it once or twice before hand to get a feel for it – just not sure I can wait nearly a year to try it.

    I hope you do let it see light – and public.  I enjoy reading your blog – I would be keen on seeing what fiction is in you. 

  2. KathyF says:

    You will likely find that the revising process is when the real writing takes place. Don’t be discouraged by what you wrote in the heat of the moment. (I get physically ill sometimes when I read the crap I’ve written.) As a megaselling author reminds new writers, I can fix a bad page, I can’t fix a blank page.

    Have you read any writing books by Sol Stein? I highly recommend him. I read On Writing three times. The first time I didn’t know enough to understand what I didn’t know, the second I understood more but couldn’t figure out how to apply it, and the third time, several years later, I finally got it.

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