This is it. November 30th. Day 30 of the National Novel Writing Month. Congratulations to everyone who has completed their NaNoWriMo word count. And Good luck to everyone who is making the dash to 11:59 pm to make their word count.
By now, anyone who has been participating in the National Novel Writing Month has either completed their novel, completed enough of it to make their 50,000 word count, or had made an excellent effort in completing it.
For some, like me, we have gone through a roller coaster of feelings about our novels, usually ranging from, “Wow, what a load of crap,” (often with varying amounts of exclamations points), to “My God, this is… craptacular!” (again with varying amounts of exclamation points).
So, now that your done and you spend the next four weeks either lost in a book that isn’t written by you, or lost in World of Warcraft, or even finishing your November novel, you have probably decided, like me, that maybe your novel isn’t a gigantic abyss that seeks only to consume what is left of your soul, what do you do when you decide to revise, edit and rewrite your novel.
Honestly, I can’t tell you how to do that. No, really, I can’t. But I can at least tell you what I keep on hand when I try to revise my novels.
For many who are participating in the National Novel Writing Month, this is the final days of their attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. For some, they have reached, or surpassed, the word limit, got their winner’s badges, and are taking a break before they dive into edits and rewrites. Some of these people may even take their NaNoWriMo works and seek publication.
Then there is me. I have reached the word limit. I surpassed it, actually. But my NaNoWriMo will never see the light of day.
I still don’t have an ending I’m happy with. Somehow, I feel that after everything I put my characters through, they deserve a better ending than the arranged marriage one I ended up with.
Regardless of that, this is the day that NaNoWriMo activates their validator.
Waiting is horrible, even if it is only two days until I can officially verify my work. It’s like waiting for Christmas for a child.
I am not all that keen on my ending. Worse yet, I am trying to figure out some way in which my main female character can be with the main male character (the man she loves) even though she is betrothed (and I don’t want to to go the “man on the side” route either). Is there some way in which she can break the betrothal without sending the kingdom into war?
My word count is currently 61,501, but validation usually mucks that up, so we will have to see where I end up.
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Now comes the annoying part, waiting for the Validator to activate.
At the moment, my word count is 60,072, with the ending of my story still to come.
One plot had come to a resolution, but there is still the orc invasion to deal with, as well as the aftermath.
At the moment, my word count is at 57,791, well above the 50,000 words needed for NaNoWriMo. Unlike previous stories, this one is no where hear finished yet.
Well, it’s almost finished, but it will probably be my highest word count for a NaNoWriMo yet.
- NaNoWriMo Tip #14: Scrivener (writingishardwork.com)
The story is building towards his climax, and I realize there are more details, well, shocking revelations really, that need to come out. The most shocking is why there have been no new shield dancers and song warriors born in the land.
Currently, my word count is at 54,806 words.
Everything is falling into place in the story. The dreaded secret of the scroll has been revealed, and the main villain has been tied not only to the kidnapping of the main female character’s mentor, but now to the parents of the main character.
In all of this, we still need to put the scroll into his hands, have a final battle between the hero and the villain, and stop the orc horde.
At the moment, by word count is 50,269, putting me over the NaNoWriMo 50,000 word count minimum. But the story is far from over.