Monday, November 26, 2012


I finished NaNo today...  Or I won, as they say.  Which is of course, completely different to finishing the draft.  That I haven't done yet.  I have about 15-20K to go in my estimation, so I probably won't finish by the end of the month.  No, not probably - definitely.  Maybe by the time the kids go on their Christmas break...

This book needs a lot of work.  I have a feeling one of my characters goes to the wrong place for a long  time in the middle.  He doesn't need to go anywhere.  He should stay home, only leaving to visit the mad prospector.  That scene has to stay because the prospector is important in the climax.  But all the stuff that happens to Ben prior to that, while he's out riding the station with Alice's husband, doesn't need to be there.

So I'll be doing a big revision on this one.  Sometime.  When, I'm not sure.  Another story is tugging at me, and I think I'm going to have to just go with it.  But I think I'll wait until after Christmas to start.  I'm going to have 10 child-free days in January, and I think I'll make a start on the new book then.

So when I've finished that draft, I may go ahead and do the massive revision this NaNo novel needs.  We'll see.  I still have to finish writing it.

How's your NaNo going?  Are you going to make it to 50K by Friday?


  1. Congrats!!!! I still have 10,000 to go...4 days to go. Wish me luck.

  2. Congrats! You can worry about that stuff during revision. Finish writing it first and be happy you won NaNo. :)

  3. Congratulations! Hopefully I'm going to finish I've got 4 days to write 6,000 words.

    But like you my first draft won't be finished. I know it's going to take more than 6k to get to the end of my story.

    1. Well 50K is a pretty short book.... But getting through that much in a month is an awesome start.