With the 50k finish line behind me, and my second purple bar coming up in a few days, it’s time to slow down a bit. I hope to knock out another 10k or so before NaNo is over, and there will probably be another 10k still ahead in December. After the word count frenzy of the past few days, it’s time to do a little less writing, and a little more thinking.
I’ve written in chronological order, but with an unexpected plot twist recently making its presence known, I need to pin down just what time frame is involved. Putting actual dates to the various events of the novel will let me know how long it took to get from point A to point B to point C, and to the much more important point Y.
Am I happy with the novel so far? Pretty much. In most ways, it’s exactly the novel I planned to write; in some ways, it’s very different, proving for the second time, that months of preplanning don’t have to lock the writer into a rigid box or kill creativity.
Would I have written it without NaNoWriMo to spur me on? Yes, but it would have had to wait until at least one or two other projects were finished.
What did NaNo offer that I wouldn’t have had without it? Intense focus and a reminder that it’s possible to write a decent first draft in much less time than most people assume.
If all goes well, January 1 should see The Warden complete and ready for editing and revision. I hope to see my first two novels polished and ready to publish as ebooks by the middle of 2011. After that? Maybe I can polish and publish The Warden, but I’m not counting on it. Other half-completed projects are still waiting, and then there’s next year’s NaNo to think about and plan for.