I finished my NaNo novel last night.
It feels like a huge relief. Not because it's been hard to write because it hasn't. But because I kind of discovered the story as I wrote it and now I know what it is, I can revise and make the book work.
It's a daunting task. Right now I'm too scared to even go back and read through the entire thing. I know it sucks. I know it sucks badly. It's going to need to be re-written almost entirely so the beginning, middle and end match up and the themes and character arcs are consistent.
So this is where I leave it for now. I need some time away to consolidate what the story is before I try to revise it. So I'm going on holiday and not taking my computer. I'm not going to write at all for the 9 days I'm at the beach.
Hopefully when I get back, I'll be ready to look at my words again and get into shaping my steaming pile of poop into a book that people might want to read. If I'm not, I have other projects that need attention while I work myself up to attacking My Murder Year (which I'm thinking might become My Own Kind of Crazy). Feel free to weigh in on which title you like more…
How long do you leave your manuscripts before diving into revisions?