NaNoWriMo Diary – Day 19Posted: November 19, 2016
I wrote a couple thousand words today, but it is awkward. I’m getting to a place where I need to be wrapping up threads, figuring out where storylines need to end and where I need to continue to keep the reader in suspense.
If you’ve been reading along you may have noticed that most of the chapters could be put into a different order and the story would still flow. Most of the chapters are a little mini-story in themselves.
But now I have to start wrapping things up and I’m struggling about what pieces go where.
I decided a week or two ago that I was going to wrap in 50K-ish words. I don’t want to make this overlong. NaNo is enough of a challenge without thinking “well, I’ll do 60K.” I’ve learned in many years of writing copy that done is better than perfect.
So my writing has slowed as I have considered what needs to be said and what doesn’t. I’m getting there.
I appreciate all of you who are playing along at home. Truly, your words of encouragement are precious. I think the story is good, the writing is mediocre, but the re-write(s) will be better than average. That’s about all I can hope for with my first foray into a full length novel.