Archive for November, 2005

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Back in June, I decided to try the NaNoWriMo – first draft in 30 days. The goal was 50,000 words in 30 days and I was able to push myself to get it done. November is the official NaNoWriMo month and so I thought I’d try to do the re-write of the June draft now. It is now the 15th and I should be somewhere around 25,000 words by the end of business today. However, I am not even close. I am at 7,500 of fresh text and 5,000 of scenes lifted from the June draft, so about 12,500 total.

When I wrote the first draft in June, my personal goal was to prove that I could churn out that quantity in the alloted time frame. This time my goal is to turn out a coherent story that flows nicely from beginning to end. I am having a hard time making the daily word count because I am getting bogged down in the quality of the words on the page vs. the quantity.

My point is that NaNoWriMo is a good tool for generating a first draft, because you are forced to forge ahead to get the words on the page. I am not so sure that it is a good tool for revision. Or maybe that is just my excuse for being 12,000 words behind schedule….Thoughts?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Ugh. It has been close to two months since my last post. I suppose people might read this if I did a better job of keeping up on it. My excuse du jour is the fact that I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and attempting to complete a revision to the novel I worked up back in June. So back to work on that. Who knows when I’ll post again…