30 November 2008

The end of November…

nano_08_winner_small Well, I’ve made. By a hair’s breath, I may add. But, I finished my NaNo novel – despite the distraction of a completely different novel that insisted I start writing it this month. I have posted some snippets from my efforts here.

Now, to let it breathe for a month or two, and then, the big rewrite starts.

I really wanted to treat this as a separate novel, but the more I wrote, the more I realised that this was simply the ending of the first book. So, a major rewrite is looming in the new year to integrate what I wrote in the past month into the last draft of The Novel and then to polish it all. I feel a lot better about the story as a whole now, because it feels complete.

Unfortunately, another story has lodged itself in my head, which my daughter and I are going to attempt to write together. We have already worked out quite a bit of the details for this story, and it is going to be a fun story to write. So, I would like to get the first draft of the next story, called Pointe and Shoot, out as soon as possible, so that I can focus on the rewrites for Young Gods without Pointe and Shoot nagging at me.

I have updated the word count widgets in the side bar so that there is one for each of them.

And so concludes another November, another NaNoWriMo, another month of literary abandon. Congratulations to all the winners, and, to those of you who did not quite make it: do not give up. Continue writing, and let the story live. And try again next year.

Now listening to: Enden av November (The End of November) by Kaizers Orchestra


Anonymous said...

I have another 600 words to write today and I will have made it. The book will not be done. My goal is 79,000 words and I have given myself until mid-December.

Congrats to you!

Anonymous said...

Well done! Anyone who does Nano is a winner.



tenderhooligan said...

Did I congratulate you for this elsewhere? I'm not sure. But well done! Many people start nano and get nowhere so you should be well proud!

Vanessa said...

@annie: thanks.

@dusty: will you join next time?

@tenderhooligan: thanks!

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