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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mission NaNo Book: COMPLETE


So, I have finally emerged from the trenches of my first draft project, working title: Of Automatons, Monsters, and Men. Now because I've been living in my own little Victorian Steampunk world for two-and-a-half months, I've found that I've been calling people "Good sir" a lot. Pretty soon I'll be asking if they can dance a fair quadrille...

As always with first drafts, it feels little like coming up for air. Or having a deep abiding crush, and yes, I have really missed the pure creative mojo* of cranking out a first draft.

I have NaNoWriMo to thank for shaking me from my not-so harsh post-critique stupor, in which I felt stymied by my previous novel rewrite/edit/endless obsession because it still wasn't right. The critiques were not evil, mean, or anything other than helpful, and yet for the first time in my writing life felt like I was slammed against a brick wall. I've taken honest critique before, in online groups and in person through classes. But for some reason this one killed my writing brain, at least temporarily.

Maybe I'm just overly sensitive (should I start weeping at the end of sappy movies now?), but in all honesty I mostly stopped writing for months. Every new project I started stalled out, and even a few short story challenges ceased to pique my interest.

BOOM! I'm back, baby!

This was also the first year that I've ever won at NaNo. Not only did I meet the 50K finish line, I exceeded it. By quite a bit. That. Never. Happens.

Finishing a first draft always feels a little like losing something you love, like Linus with his blanket. I was in love enough with this one that for the first time I was avoiding the final scene. I did not want it to end...

Also because I tend to overwrite the hell out of first drafts, partly because I'm a pantster, this behemoth comes in a 160K. Ouch. Revision is going to be a bitch.

I will now keep up with Ze Blog (liiiive my creation!) and finish all those posts that kept slipping my mind because of the book.

*pie chart of mojo may not be accurate.

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