Well, I did it! I forced myself to stay up last night and finish, and about 1:00am EST I crested the 50,000 word mark.
So, I am officially done!
But here’s the thing, I’m not really done. Not by a long shot. I completed NaNoWriMo, yes. But the novel itself is not quite completely written. I still have a couple-three chapters to write somewhere in the middle. And then I have to start re-writes and corrections.
I also did stupid things like when I would get lost in a scene and not really know how to fix it, I just made some notes at the end of the scene of what I should probably fix and then I moved on to another scene.
I wrote things like:
“I hate this scene. This person cannot be here now. Find a way to fix it later.”
“Dialogue too cheery! These people hate each other. Fix later or delete scene?”
“Video of this person’s death released. This is how he died…describe in detail later.”
Then I would just hop to another scene or chapter.
Some of it I wrote sequentially. Some of it I did not. A lot of it I did not, actually. One great feature of Scrivener is that you can jump from scene to scene or chapter to chapter pretty easily which made bouncing around easier.
There is something to be said for just pushing yourself through to just write as much as you can of your story without really stopping. It is not perfect, but no first draft ever is. I feel like I have a solid 125,000-ish outline of a story. It is more than that, I know. I have the bones of a good story in there…somewhere. I have to find it, re-write it, refine it, polish it, then polish it again.
Bottom line, I have a lot more work to do before it is an actual novel. But as far as NaNoWriMo is concerned…I am DONE!
“Dialogue way too cheery! These people hate each other. Fix later, change scene or delete?”